The 2nd leg between Bayer Leverkusen and SL Benfica takes places today at 3:05pm EST with the Portuguese hosts playing very well at home. Here are the odds for the match.
After a crucial 1-0 away victory in last week's encounter, Benfica now have the luxury of returning to the Estadio da Luz for the final game and it is a place they are very confortable in playing. The leaders of the Portuguese league were 2-1 at home during their Champions League group stage with the only loss coming at the hands of Barcelona and have yet to lose in domestic play with a record of 7-0-2.
As a result of finishing 3rd in their group, the squad were placed into the Europa League and will be keen to finish off the German side. Benfica to win outright are offered at 1.95 and a heavy 8.50 to repeat the 1-0 score of the last match.
Given Leverkusen's ability to score I prefer the 2-1 Benfica result at the same price. So consider hedging some correct score bets here.
The draw result is listed at 3.40 over at William Hill.
The visitors are 2-1 on the road in the Europa after finishing behind Metalist Kharkiv during the group stage. They conceded only two goals in those three games though Benfica is a stronger side than Rapid Vienna or Rosenborg. A Leverkusen victory is listed at 4.00.
Stefan Kiessling has been outstanding in Germany this year as he is currrently tied for the Bundesliga lead in goals with 15, but hasn't done much in the Europa League with only 1 goal to show for it. Still, with elimination on the horizon you can expect the 29 year-old forward to be motivated to strike here and he can be taken at 6.50 to score first or 2.50 at any time.
For Benfica, look no further than Oscar Cardozo who is the go to man up front. He scored the only goal in the 1st leg and has three goals in six European matches. Add to that his over one goal a game average in the Portuguese league and the 4.50 to score first or last (Seperate bets) looks nice here.
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