Both teams to score in Sevilla’s away leg


Backing both teams to hit the back of the net in the second leg between Fiorentina and Sevilla in Italy is the best bet available on the UEFA Europa League semi-final return card and it is up for grabs at odds of -149 with PaddyPower.

Football is a cruel game at times and Fiorentina can count themselves unlucky to have suffered such a heavy defeat in the UEFA Europa League semi-final first leg. Fiorentina had the better of the chances in Spain, especially in the first half, and although one is not saying that Sevilla did not deserve to win the game by the full-time whistle the final score was extremely harsh on Vicenzo Montella’s team that should have netted at least one away goal for its display.

It is almost mission impossible for Fiorentina but one is sure that Montella will be telling his players that Sevilla led 2-0 following the first leg of its UEFA Europa League semi-final last season and, in the end, it would have gone out had it not been for Stephane Mbia’s late, late goal.

That is the primary reason why one thinks that both teams to get on the scoresheet in the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg between Fiorentina and Sevilla is Thursday’s top pick. Fiorentina has to go for broke, the likelihood is that Sevilla will go looking for an away goal to kill the tie and then there are the records of the sides, particularly the visiting team that is the UEFA Europa League title holder.

Sevilla has scored in each of its last 17 away matches versus European opponents, which is a remarkable statistic by anyone’s standards. Sevilla has gone six away games since keeping a clean sheet and, of those 17 aforementioned away matches, 14 of them saw both teams celebrate at least one goal. Fiorentina’s home data is not as strong but one is willing to lean the way that Sevilla’s numbers are skewing in light of the state of the UEFA Europa League tie.

With regards to an odds-against punt on the UEFA Europa League return game between Fiorentina and Sevilla one is able to make a decent case for the home side coupled with both teams to score, an option that is trading at odds of +340 with Bwin. And clearly correct scores like Fiorentina 2-1 (odds of +850 with BetVictor and Coral) and 3-1 (odds of +1800 with the same bookmakers) are in play as well.

If you were with us at the start of the season, you should be on Sevilla to win the Europa League, who we tipped at +2000 before the competition started, and again at +1800 before the group stages.

Surely Dnipro’s UEFA Europa League luck is going to run out when it tackles Napoli in the second leg of their semi-final in Ukraine, with the tie level at 1-1 after the underdog had the good fortune to score a clearly offside goal in Italy.

Dnipro was on the back foot for 95 per cent of last week’s UEFA Europa League semi-final first leg and, according to the official match statistics, it should have been on the receiving end of a belting – Napoli led the corner kicks 14-1, the attempts on target 7-2 and it the woodwork for what was the 10th time in this season’s competition. A 2-0 or 3-0 Napoli victory would have been a fair reflection of the play and, therefore, one is comfortable in backing the Italian Serie A side to defeat Dnipro in Ukraine, an option that is available at odds of -105 with several bookmakers, including Boylesports and Ladbrokes.

One looks at Dnipro’s domestic and international results and wonders how it has managed to get within 90 minutes of the UEFA Europa League final. Dnipro rode its luck to make the UEFA Europa League knockout stage – it lost more of its Group F games than it won – and one could not describe any of its sudden-death successes as impressive.

Tips Summary

Fiorentina v Sevilla BTTS
14th May 20:05 GMT
Odds: -149
Where to Bet: PaddyPower

Napoli to beat Dnipro
14th May 20:05 GMT
Odds: -105
Where to Bet: Boylesports, Ladbrokes

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