Europa League Soccer Pick: Back Wolfsburg to Win Both Halves this Thursday vs. Inter Milan

Nikki Adams

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 7:19 PM GMT

Wolfsburg & Inter Milan set up a tantalising Europa League clash on the soccer odds. Find out where the value picks are to be had as we weigh in on this hyped-up tie set to kick off on Thursday.

Wolfsburg Emerge Competition Faves
Wolfsburg are the hot faves to win Europe's second tier club competition, matched at +550 soccer odds in UEFA Europa League futures markets, ahead of second faves Napoli at +600 and third faves Roma at +800. It's no wonder, therefore, Wolfsburg enter the first leg of their R16 tie with Inter Milan as the considerable home faves at -143 soccer odds to win outright and the -175 faves to advance into the quarterfinals.

Underscoring this market outlook is a brilliant start to the second half of the season by the Wolves, a run of form that includes winning five of their seven domestic fixtures to date and began on a gauntlet throwing 4-1 win over Bayern Munich. Their only wobbles during this domestic stretch were a 1-1 draw to Eintracht Frankfurt and a 1-0 loss to Augsburg.

Since coming out of the winter break, they are undefeated in nine of ten fixtures in all competitions. A run of form that includes a 2-0 win on aggregate over Sporting CP in the R32 of Europa League betting.

What's most impressive about the Wolves is home form, which includes a run of six straight wins in all competitions, eight in their last ten overall. The only hiccups at home during this run of form were a 2-0 loss to Everton in Europa League group play and a 1-1 draw to Paderborn. In this stretch, they also scored two or more goals in seven of the ten games. (In total, 19 goals netted and just seven conceded).

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Inter Milan Look To Punch Above Their Weight Class
Although Inter Milan's domestic campaign leaves much to be desired, their European campaign is alive and kicking. They finished top of Group F with an undefeated 3-3-0 record. In the R32, they extended that undefeated form with a 3-3 draw with Celtic in Glasgow and a 1-0 win in the reverse leg in Milan.

As it is, Inter Milan are dangerous floaters in the competition priced at +1600 to win it all. They are an exceedingly frustrating side to play against because one never knows which side is going to step out onto the field: the Nerazzuri that are enjoying a convincing run in Europe or the Nerazzuri that appear to be flailing in Serie A action, sat ninth in the table behind a modest 9-9-8 mark and 36 points and without a win in all competitions since beating Celtic in Milan. They lost 1-0 to Fiorentina and drew 2-2 to Napoli in Serie A.

Most worrying, they don't have a win on the road against a reputable side in all competitions this season. It's that lack of a signature win that explains why they are the decided underdogs in this tie and matched at +450 soccer odds to win outright. Even the draw is a long shot at +300 against a side with as much quality as the Bundesliga high-flyers have.

 

Soccer Betting Verdict
Wolfsburg are justifiably matched as the favourites to win the first leg at -143 soccer odds and, to all intents and purposes, they should come through for soccer bettors. Perhaps a better soccer pick though is to back Wolfsburg to win both halves at +140 at Bet365.  As well, the Over 2.5 at -138.

Soccer Picks: Wolfsburg to win at -143 at Bet365

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