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Napoli, Marseille and a big score for Bayern backed this Wednesday

| 29.01.2014

Backing victories for Marseille and Napoli, as well as a two-goal win for Bayern and an entertaining cup encounter between Atletico Madrid and the in-form Bilbao could make it a Wednesday to remember.

Barcelona may be the focus of the midweek action, given that the Catalans take on Levante in the Copa del Rey, but with Messi’s men already 4-1 up from the first leg, the hosts could opt to rest players.

Instead, a fourfold punt on the aforementioned quartet offers the safest and best bet of the night,

with a steady return of almost 7/1, which translates to a return of £79.10 off a £10 stake.

Marseille to beat Valenciennes @ 4/7

Marseille may be having a season to forget in Ligue 1 but they should nevertheless be backed for a home win against a Valenciennes team currently languishing in the relegation zone.

L’OM have lost just one of their last four Ligue 1 games at home as part of a sequence of results that has seen them suffer defeat just four times in 17 domestic league fixtures played at the Stade Velodrome.

More importantly still, Valenciennes have never beaten Marseille on the road and have already lost to their hosts once this season.

Bayern Munich (-1) to beat Stuttgart @ 8/11

Die Roten have been in a rich vein of goalscoring form of late and that looks set to continue in Stuttgart, with Bayern boasting a formidable recent record against the hosts.

All told, the Munich giants have won 10 in a row against the Swabians, with five of the last six victories coming by a margin of two goals or more.

With the Champions League holders claiming victory by two or more in each of their last six Bundesliga contests, a -1 handicap is the recommended selection.

Napoli to beat Lazio @ 1/2

Edoardo Reja’s return has had a positive effect on Lazio, as a 3-2 away win over Udinese demonstrated, but it could take more than his reappointment to overcome Napoli.

The Naples club have lost just one of the last 21 Serie A games played at the Stadio San Paolo and are unbeaten in four home games against Le Aquile.

With Lazio winning just one of their last 12 away league games, the hosts should be too strong.

Over 2.5 total goals in Athletic Bilbao vs Atletico Madrid @ 20/21

Both of these sides head into this cup encounter bang in-form and it’s difficult to pick a definitive winner, despite Atletico’s slender 1-0 first leg lead.

One thing that looks assured on the night is goals, with both teams enjoying a prolific run in the scoring department, as Bilbao demonstrated in their 6-1 victory over Osasuna last time out.

Five of the Basque Club’s last six league outings have featured over 2.5 goals, while their Madrid opponents are no strangers to high scoring affairs, having won 4-2 against Vallecano last week.

With a place in the next round up for grabs, goals look the order of the day.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for Cardspiel.com alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.