April 23, 2014

Europa League Semi-Finals Betting Tips

Europa League bettingMark Rawlinson

The Europa League is also approaching its climax this week and the four remaining teams are just 180 minutes away from reaching the final in Turin in May.

Benfica v Juventus Betting Tips

It would be a dream for tournament favourites Juventus to reach the final at their own stadium but they must overcome Portuguese league champions Benfica first.

Benfica reached the final of this competition last year, being beaten by Chelsea, so they will be hungry to put that right this season.

Jorge Jesus’ outfit are on a formidable run as well, with just one defeat in their last 35 games, a run stretching back to early November which has seen them wrap up their domestic title.

Brazilian Lima has been their danger man of the season with 14 goals so far, whilst Rodrigo Moreno has bagged 11. Eduardo Salvio and Silvio will both miss the clash for the hosts whilst Serbian midfielder Ljubomir Fejsa faces a late fitness test on a foot injury.

Juventus are also set to claim their third Serie A title in a row, needing just a couple of points from their final four matches of the season to finally wrap it up. They’re also on a good run of form, with just one defeat in their last 18 games which was away at third placed Napoli.

Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal is a doubt for Antonio Conte’s side with a knee injury whilst Simone Pepe is definitely ruled out with a knee injury.

Hosts Benfica are the bookies’ favourites at 17/10 with Bet 365 whilst Juve are best priced at 15/8 with Bet Victor.

Catch the match live on ITV4 from 8:05pm.

Sevilla v Valencia Betting Tips

The other semi-final is an all-Spanish tie between Sevilla and Valencia. Neither of these sides have been particularly impressive in La Liga so far this campaign, with Sevilla sat fifth whilst Valencia are down in eighth.

The hosts twice won the tournament under its old guise, the UEFA Cup, in 2006 and 2007 and they’re in fairly good form heading into this game. They’ve won their last four and scored 14 goals in the process.

Valencia have won the tournament once, back in 2004, although their form of late has not too promising, with just two wins in the last six. They eventually battered nine-man Basel in the quarter-finals, overcoming a 3-0 first leg deficit as they won the second leg 5-0 after extra time.

Sevilla have a whole host of injuries with Diego Alves, Ricado Costa, Phillipe Senderos and Victor Ruiz all likely to miss this one. Sebastián Cristóforo and Denis Cheryshev are both out for Valencia.

Sevilla will be the more confident side going into this meeting, and are priced as 17/20 favourites with Paddy Power. Bet 365 offer the best odds on Valencia at 15/4.

BET OF THE DAY: Sevilla’s Kevin Gameiro has netted four goals in his last six games. He’s available at 9/5 with Bwin, a very decent offer.

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