IT might be easier to pick goals bets than w-d-w ones tonight on a tricky looking Europe League card.
Team news is as usual vital with sides such as Spurs, Roma and PSV facing big games at the weekend on the domestic scene.
Other factors that must be taken into account is whether sides with big leads, such as Napoli, Everton and Bruges, will go full pelt in the return match and how well prepared are the eastern European sides like Zenit, Dynamo Kiev and Dinamo Moscow during their winter break.
There are so many things to consider and it has to be a night for low or at least level stakes.
I’m trying a both teams to score treble that starts with Inter Milan v Celtic. We all know it was 3-3 in the first leg and Hoops boss Ronny Deila likes to play an open game in Europe even on the road.
Those tactics could play into the hands of dangerous Italian side who will be aware Celtic have conceded 10 goals in their last three Europa League matches. Celtic, however, will pose a threat and showed in the first leg they can create and score goals against good opposition.
Next take Red Bull Salzburg v Villarreal. I picked this last week in Spain and I wasn’t let down as Villarreal won 2-1. There were concerns about Red Bull selling tournament top scorer Alan but as long as Jonathan Soriano is around they should score.
The Austrians have conceded exactly two goals in four of their last six outings so Villarreal will expect to grab the away goal they’ll probably need to progress.
Complete the treble with Everton v Young Boys. Everton were sublime in the first leg and it was one of the most open games I’d seen in ages. It was 4-1 but could have been 7-5 but unfortunately the Toffees reverted to type on Sunday when they were held 2-2 at home to Leicester.
Roberto Martinez is likely to make some changes while Young Boys have sent a full squad to Goodison and having scored four against Basel at the weekend I wonder if they fancy their chances of an unlikely comeback. If they go for it they’ll probably score and concede.
I’m tempted to add Sporting v Wolfsburg or Sporting v Bas Dost to make it 15-2 but that would be greed wouldn’t it?
Both to score treble
Inter v Celtic (6pm)
Red Bull v Villarreal (6pm)
Everton v Young Boys (8.05pm)
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