European Football Tips: Cup progress for Bayern Munich and Napoli

Robert Lewandowski downed former club Borussia Dortmund in Bayern Munich's last game
Robert Lewandowski downed former club Borussia Dortmund in Bayern Munich's last game
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There are televised midweek fixtures in the DFB Pokal (German Cup), Coppa Italia and La Liga. Michael Lintorn recommends a bet for each...

"Bayern Munich have claimed 14 victories in their past 15 German Cup ties too, taking the other in extra time, and three in their latest four meetings with Bayer Leverkusen."
Recommended Bet: Back Bayern Munich to win at Bayer Leverkusen @ 1.9520/21

Bayer Leverkusen v Bayern Munich
Wednesday, 19:30
Live on ESPN

Match Odds: Bayer Leverkusen 4.47/2, Bayern Munich 1.9520/21, The Draw 3.7511/4

Never miss the chance to back Bayern Munich domestically at close to evens. It might not be the most imaginative slice of betting insight you receive this year, but that doesn't make it any less valid.

Bayern have won 17 of their last 20 games against German opponents, winning an even classier ten away encounters in 11. They have claimed 14 victories in their past 15 German Cup ties too, taking the other in extra time, and three in their latest four meetings with Bayer Leverkusen.

The hosts are on their best run of the season, prevailing in five successive Bundesliga outings, yet profited from facing four of the bottom five in that period. They haven't beaten anyone above them, losing all three clashes with Bayern Munich and Wolfsburg.

Recommended Bet: Back Bayern Munich to win @ 1.9520/21


Napoli v Lazio
Wednesday, 19:45
Live on Sky Sports 3

Match Odds: Napoli 2.3211/8, Lazio 3.3512/5, The Draw 3.55

Lazio's greatest Serie A winning streak in eight years is making believers of some of the most cynical fans in Europe. Seven straight triumphs have lifted them to third, a point shy of Roma and - more importantly - six points clear in a spot that carries the reward of a Champions League play-off place.

Napoli have been victims of the Eagles' ascent, trailing them by eight points, though they have been complicit in their own demise, going five league fixtures without success.

However, most of their problems have arrived on the road, including four Serie A defeats in a row, whereas their sole home reverse in 20 was inflicted by Juventus.

So as Napoli did the tricky bit in drawing the first leg of this Coppa Italia semi-final 1-1 in the capital, have cup specialist Rafael Benitez in charge - who delivered this trophy last term - and are unbeaten in their most recent 11 cup ties (across three competitions), they should find a way through.

Recommended Bet: Back Napoli to qualify @ 1.68/13


Athletic Bilbao v Valencia
Thursday, 19:00
Live on Sky Sports 5

Match Odds: Athletic Bilbao 2.68/5, Valencia 3.02/1, The Draw 3.412/5

Having worked so hard to force a top-three opening, all it took was a goalless draw with sixth-placed neighbours Villarreal to knock Valencia down to fourth. With four top-half teams left to visit, the focus may shift to resisting Sevilla for fourth rather than beating champions Atletico Madrid to third.

Athletic Bilbao are an enemy to that ambition as they let Sevilla move within three points of Los Che by losing to them at the weekend yet, by winning their five La Liga games prior to that, they established themselves as enough of a threat to potentially scupper Nuno Santo's side further.

The odds reflect the uncertainty over the outcome, so the smartest play appears to be under 2.5 goals. Four of Valencia's last five matches fulfilled the criteria - the exception a thrashing of Elche - as did five of Athletic Bilbao's past six league fixtures and their latest four against these guests.

Recommended Bet: Back under 2.5 goals @ 1.84/5

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