Channel-hoppers double: Inter and Leverkusen to land the spoils
There’s a raft of crucial fixtures taking place around Europe as continental campaigns reach their climax, and with the Bundesliga and Serie A titles already wrapped up, value seekers can cash in by backing clubs with plenty to play for between now and mid-May.
We’ve picked out a couple of points-hungry hosts from matches shown live on TV, with a double on the pair available at just under 6/1 on Ladbrokes.com.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are guaranteed to finish no lower than third this season, which means they will go straight into the 2014/15 Champions League group stages, but Leverkusen are far from certain to retain their place at Europe’s top table.
Halting a run of no wins in six Bundesliga games between February and March with a 3-1 defeat of lowly Augsburg wasn’t enough to save Sami Hyypia’s job, but interim boss Sascha Lewandowski has led his temporary charges to two wins on the spin since the former Liverpool defender’s departure.
Klopp insists that Dortmund will treat this game like any other, but with Champions League football secured and a German Cup final with Bayern Munich still to come, his BVB charges will be forgiven for taking their foot off the gas at the BayArena.
The 2013/14 campaign has not been particularly good to the city of Milan, with AC currently in seventh place in Serie A – having sunk as low as 13th this season – while Inter have fared little better despite not being distracted by European football.
Walter Mazzarri’s side sit fifth, just four points ahead of their city rivals – who have rallied under new coach Clarence Seedorf – and Parma, so Inter need a win against Rafa Benitez’s Champions League-bound Napoli to keep their Europa League rivals at arm’s length.
They’ve won just one of their last five at the San Siro, but Napoli have taken just one point from their previous two away matches and with Mazzarri’s men coming into this clash off the back of successive road wins, Inter look a decent bet at odds-against here.
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