The round-of-16 first legs involving Torino, Ajax and Napoli all look likely to feature at least one clean sheet…
Zenit St Petersburg v Torino
Live on BT Sport 1
Back both teams to score? No @ 1.875/6
Torino have been involved in a few stonkers recently, including both legs of the surprise round-of-32 triumph against Athletic Bilbao. However, over the course of this Europa League campaign, they have appeased both teams to score opposers more often than backers, doing so in eight of their 12 games.
Zenit St Petersburg have been in the No camp ever since Andre Villas-Boas arrived last March, with an emphatic 11 of their 12 continental clashes under his guidance featuring at least one clean sheet. Eight of those were kept by his side, including home and away against Eredivisie leaders PSV in the last round.
Dnipro v Ajax
Live on BT Sport 1 (second half)
Back both teams to score? No @ 1.9720/21
The Netherlands may be recognised as the goal capital of Europe, but there has been a bit more conservatism about Ajax lately as their domestic crown slips following four years of domination.
There have only been one or no clubs on the scoresheet in nine of their past 13 matches across all competitions, including their round-of-32 scraps with Legia Warsaw, both of which they won to nil.
Six of Dnipro’s last nine Europa League fixtures produced at least one shut out, including all of the most recent four at their borrowed Olympic Stadium, prevailing twice (against St-Etienne and Olympiacos) and losing twice (Inter and Qarabag).
Napoli v Dinamo Moscow
Back both teams to score? No @ 2.0421/20
The main reason that Napoli trail Serie A pacesetters Juventus by 15 points is that they have kept six clean sheets to the champions’ 14, whereas their superior defensive showings in Europe have established them as 7.87/1 Europa League second favourites.
Rafael Benitez’s men haven’t conceded in five tournament outings and the one time in seven that they did – away to Young Boys – they were kind enough not to net themselves to avoid letting down both-team-to-score naysayers.
The Azzurri have locked out their past three overseas visitors, while there was at least one zero in both of Dinamo Moscow’s previous two trips abroad.
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