Bet smarter and use the unbeatable stats on Soccerbase with a bet365 account - new customers can earn a deposit bonus of up to £200
Racing & Football Outlook - don't miss the No 1 Racing and Football betting weekly. For the best bets on the midweek and weekend action.
|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at Chesterfield||Recent Form|
Key Stat: Preston lost just one of their last 19 league games
Expert Verdict: A final-day flop saw Preston throw away automatic promotion and it may take them time to recover. Ultimately North End should progress – they were the best team in League One in the final weeks of the season – but their frame of mind has to be questioned and this trip won’t be easy to negotiate.
REFEREE: Mark Haywood STADIUM:
|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at Sheff Utd||Recent Form|
Key Stat: Swindon have won just once in six league matches
Expert Verdict: Sheffield United love knockout competitions despite a dodgy record in the playoffs and should relish this tie. Neither side has been in great nick lately but Swindon haven’t won at Bramall Lane since 1970 and the Blades are likely to have the edge as they did in January’s 2-0 victory over the Robins.
Recommendation: Sheff Utd
REFEREE: Darren Bond STADIUM:
|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at Seville||Recent Form|
Key Stat: Seville have won their last eight home matches
Expert Verdict: Home advantage is crucial to Seville and the Europa League holders can once again turn on the style in front of their own supporters. Fatigued Fiorentina are just starting to flag after a demanding season whereas Seville were desperately unlucky to lose 3-2 to Real Madrid on Saturday.
|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at Napoli||Recent Form|
Key Stat: Dnipro have lost all four of their previous matches in Italy
Expert Verdict: Tournament favourites Napoli could not have wished for an easier semi-final and they should make their luck in the draw count. Dnipro were beaten home and away by Inter in the group stage and Napoli will be even stronger opponents with Rafael Benitez’s side fancied to make their class tell early on.
Recommendation: Napoli-Napoli double result
|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at Brentford||Recent Form|
Key Stat: Brentford have failed to win 11 of 23 home games this season
Expert Verdict: Brentford come into this Championship playoff having lost only one of their last nine games. However, the Bees did draw four of those matches and lost both meetings with a resilient Middlesbrough side this term, failing to score in either fixture. A tight first-leg draw looks the value call.
REFEREE: Jonathan Moss STADIUM:
|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at Paris St-G.||Recent Form|
Key Stat: PSG have won 14 and drawn the other four of their last 18 home league games
Expert Verdict: Paris St-Germain have bounced back from Champions League heartache with three routine wins and are looking almost unstoppable domestically. They’ve won six in a row in the league, scoring 20 goals in the process, and they’ve won their last four home games against Guingamp without conceding a single goal.
Recommendation: PSG-PSG double result
|North End and Swindon can dispel the doubters|