Michael Lintorn offers tips for three of this week’s most high-profile Copa del Rey, DFB-Pokal and Coppa Italia ties…
Villarreal v Barcelona
Live on Sky Sports 5
Match Odds: Villarreal 6.05/1, Barcelona 1.625/8, The Draw 4.67/2
The combination of Barcelona possessing a 3-1 aggregate lead and not losing by more than one goal to any club besides Real Madrid in over a year suggests that Villarreal’s chances of gatecrashing the Copa del Rey final are slim, but their attacking prowess ensures that they aren’t hopeless.
The Yellow Submarine have netted at least once in 32 of their last 33 games – including 16 in a row at home – and one of their emerging heroes is Luciano Vietto.
The 21-year-old Argentine’s 18 goals since moving to Spain last summer have attracted links to Liverpool, and he has struck three times in their most recent three matches, as well as netting at the Camp Nou last month in La Liga.
Recommended Bet: Back Luciano Vietto to score @ 3.613/5
Bayern Munich v Eintracht Braunschweig
Live on BT Sport 2
Match Odds: Bayern Munich 1.091/11, Eintracht Braunschweig 44.043/1, The Draw 14.5n/a
Bayern Munich are undisputed kings of Germany’s DFB-Pokal, winning the trophy 17 times – almost three times as often as any rival. Eight of those triumphs occurred this century, including seven in the past 12 years, and they have reached at least the quarter-finals in each of the last seven editions.
That reveals the task facing Eintracht Braunschweig in this round-of-16 tie, which they unhelpfully enter on a four-game winless run which has knocked them down to sixth in the second tier.
Pep Guardiola’s men have destroyed Bundesliga sides Hamburg, Paderborn and Koln 8-0, 6-0 and 4-1 in their last three domestic fixtures, so over 4.5 goals has to be expected again. Seven of Bayern’s last ten DFB-Pokal clashes hit those heights, including each of the last three at the Allianz Arena.
Recommended Bet: Back over 4.5 goals @ 2.6413/8
Juventus v Fiorentina
Live on Sky Sports 5
Match Odds: Juventus 1.564/7, Fiorentina 7.06/1, The Draw 4.47/2
Though Juventus are the joint-most successful club in Coppa Italia history, they have been waiting for title number ten since 1995, enduring several recent near misses including a final loss to Napoli in 2011/12 and a 93rd-minute semi-final defeat to Lazio in 2012/13.
There is no side that they will look forward to playing less right now in a two-legged semi-final than Fiorentina, who are unbeaten in 12 matches across three competitions, with victims including Tottenham, Roma and Inter – the latter two away from home no less.
Vincenzo Montella’s squad needn’t travel with trepidation having won one and drawn two of their past five meetings with Serie A’s dominant force, drawing their latest visit to the Juventus Stadium, which was also in the first leg of a double header in last term’s Europa League.
Recommended Bet: Lay Juventus to win @ 1.574/7