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Wednesday Football Tips: Back a 17/2 battle in Brugge

Vincenzo Italiano
Vincenzo Italiano's Fiorentina will make Brugge game into a scrap

Paul Higham has come up with a 17/29.50 Bet Builder treble for this Europa Conference League semi-final, and is expecting a scrappy to deliver...


Club Brugge v Fiorentina
Wednesday 8 May, 17:45 kick-off
Live on TNT Sports 2

Fiorentina stunned ten-man Brugge last week with a 91st-minute winner to take a slender 3-2 advantage to Belgium.

Brugge have won their last six home games though and are also unbeaten in their eight Conference League games on their on patch so far - winning the last four.

The Belgian side will be going all-out though as their home fans witness a first European semi-final in 32 years, so last year's beaten finalists Fiorentina will face a big test if they're to go one better and lift the tropjhy this time around.

Leg 1: 5+ or more cards

We had five cards, and a red, in the first leg and ther eshould be more of the same coming in Belgium - perhaps more given the game state.

Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Italiano knows his side have to try and frustrate the hosts early on to try and take the sting out of the situation - and Italian teams are the masters of that.

So an all-out Belgian side againsy a savvy Serie A outfit playing spoilers means 5+ total cards at 4/61.67 is a nice bet.

Leg 2: Thiago 2+ fouls

Thiago will present Brugge's big goal threat, but I'd rather back him in the fouls market as the hosts try and force the pace from the front.

Going up against the Italians who, let's face it, know how to win a foul or two, is always tough and Fiorentina will be taking every chance to go down if under pressure from the frontmen.

Thiago's given away plenty of fouls too - three in Florence last week for example - but that was just the last of a seven-game run of multiple foul outings.

So all-in-all we'll happily take the 6/42.50 on the Brazilian giving away 2+ fouls here.

Leg 3: Cristiano Biraghi 2+ fouls

And going up against Thiago and company will be Fiorentina defender Cristiano Biraghi, who has given away 57 fouls this season.

Two of those came against Brugge last week so in the away leg with there's a lot to like about his price of 13/102.30 to give away 2+ fouls again.

Biraghi has tallied 15 games this season giving away multiple fouls so it would be no surprise in this high-stakes outing for him to make it 16 and help us deliver a nicely priced treble.

Back 5+ total cards, Biraghi & Thiago 2+ fouls @ 17/29.50

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