Italian football is enjoying a continental resurgence at the moment, so following the country’s Europa League representatives should prove a profitable course of action.
Juventus won through to their first Champions League semi-final since 2003 last night and both Napoli and Fiorentina are expected to follow suit in Europe’s second-tier competition, rubber-stamping their progress with second-leg victories.
A win double on the pair rewards punters at a rate of 57/20, paying £85.50 in return for the £30 free bet earned by new account creators on bwin.com.
Read on for the rationale…
Napoli to beat Wolfsburg @ 6/5
Die Wolfe were made to look naïve in losing the first leg 4-1 on home soil and their manager Dieter Hecking has acknowledged “Wolfsburg must be perfect” in Naples to stand any chance of progression.
Their chances of achieving said perfection are drastically diminished by Kevin de Bruyne’s absence at Stadio San Paolo – Hecking’s conductor has five goals and as many assists to his credit in 11 Europa League games this season.
With the opposition given no choice but to attack, yet lacking in the direction offered by the missing Belgian, Napoli should be able to exploit them on the counter at will, just as they did in Germany.
They’ve won all five of their Europa League home games this term, scoring three times in all bar one of those fixtures, and the fact that the competition offers their best chance of Champions League football in 2015/16 means they’ll show no mercy.
Fiorentina to beat Dinamo Kiev @ 3/4
Dinamo Kiev were undone by an injury-time equaliser in the first leg, but La Viola were superb value for their draw and had Sergei Rebrov’s side on the ropes for long periods of the match.
It was an unforeseen show of strength given the Ukrainians had pulverised Everton 5-2 in the previous round, one of 13 wins in 16 home games this term prior to Fiorentina’s visit.
Formidable at the Olympic Stadium, Dinamo have been rather more prosaic on their European travels this season, losing three of their last four ties to Aalborg, En Avant Guingamp and the same Toffees they so comprehensively bested subsequently.
As a result the Viola are fancied to put their own recent spell of poor form behind them and channel the kind of style that saw them comfortably dispose of Tottenham at Artemio Franchi two rounds ago.