No clean sheet for either Internazionale or Wolfsburg


Both teams to score in the match between Internazionale and Wolfsburg in Italy is the best bet on the UEFA Europa League coupon as the second legs of the last-16 ties take place.

Wolfsburg won the UEFA Europa League last-16 first leg 3-1 in Germany, both sides scoring in the first 28 minutes of a game in which Internazionale could count itself unlucky not to have recorded a better result. One is sure that Wolfsburg will not sit back and defend its two-goal lead on the road, thereby making for an open encounter in which the Wolves go looking for at least one vital away goal and Internazionale pushes forward because it needs at least two home goals in normal time to have a chance of reaching for the next round.

Both Internazionale and Wolfsburg are better equipped to attack than defend and the Wolves will line up in Italy without one of their regular central defenders, Naldo, as a consequence of his yellow card in the UEFA Europa League last-16 first leg three weeks ago. Defence has not been the key to Wolfsburg’s domestic and international success, with the Wolves scoring and conceding in 11 of their 16 road matches in the German Bundesliga and UEFA Europa League.

So good are Wolfsburg’s attacking statistics that one can almost bank on it scoring an away goal at Internazionale, particularly as Inter have to go for broke from the first whistle. And Internazionale has rustled the onion bag in 15 of its 18 home games in Italian Serie A and the UEFA Europa League so the odds favour Inter getting on the scoresheet.

Ladbrokes is allowing punters to snap up odds of -161  that neither Internazionale nor Wolfsburg keeps a clean sheet as the teams battle for a place in the UEFA Europa League last eight in what should be an end-to-end affair full of action.

UEFA Europa League holder Sevilla holds all the aces in its last-16 tie versus Villarreal and one expects the champion to do the double over its fellow Spanish Primera Division side, an option that is available at odds of +115  with many bookmakers, including 888Sport and BetVictor.

Sevilla hit the fastest goal in UEFA Europa League history – Vitolo scored after 13.21 seconds – en route to winning 3-1 at Villarreal and putting itself on the brink of a spot in the quarter-finals. Sevilla is not the kind of side that one thinks will play passively even though it will qualify for the UEFA Europa League last eight provided that it does not concede at least three normal-time home goals against Villarreal. One thinks that Sevilla will look to exploit the gaps that Villarreal will inevitably leave behind as it goes in search of the bumper haul of away goals that it requires.

Villarreal lost 1-2 at Sevilla when the teams clashed in the Spanish Primera Division and one has to go back to this time last year for the last time that a visiting side won at Sevilla and that side was Seville-based Betis. Sevilla’s last 29 home matches have resulted in 24 wins and five draws. Now that is what one calls a good home record.

Finally, Besiktas catches one’s eye at odds of -105  with Betfred and Totesport to beat Club Brugge in Turkey after the first leg of their UEFA Europa League last-16 tie ended in a 1-2 road loss for one’s pick.

Both Besiktas and Club Brugge are leading their domestic divisions but one feels that the Turkish Super Lig is a notch or two above the Belgian Pro League and, also, the Turkish competition prepares its teams better for UEFA tournaments than its Belgian equivalent. At the risk of offending fans of Anderlecht, Standard Liege and other Belgian Pro League sides, that competition is shallow and means that Club Brugge gets a rude awakening whenever it runs into a foreign team that boasts decent quality.

Besiktas has matched motors with Arsenal and Liverpool in UEFA tournament action and one would fancy both the Gunners and the Reds to make a mess of Club Brugge over two legs.

Tips Summary

Inter Milan v Wolfsburg BTTS
19th March 20:05 GMT
Odds:  -161
Where to Bet: Ladbrokes

Sevilla to beat Villarreal
19th March 20:05 GMT
Odds:  +115
Where to Bet: 888Sport, BetVictor

Besiktas to beat Club Brugges
19th March 20:05 GMT
Odds:  -105
Where to Bet: Betfred, Totesport

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