Antonio Conte's men are favourites to win this season's Europa League but face a tough test against Jorge Jesus' side and our tipster is backing both teams to find the netBenfica secured the Portuguese league title at the weekend and Jorge Jesus’ side will be hoping to move a step closer to the Europa League final when they face tournament favourites Juventus in Thursday’s semi-final first-leg tie in Lisbon.
Jorge Jesus’ men are unbeaten in 25 home matches in all competitions thus far this season and can be backed at 17/10 (2.70) with William Hill to extend that run by getting the better of Antonio Conte’s men on Thursday.
Juventus know that they will have home advantage should they reach next month’s showpiece final and that could provide the Serie A side with further motivation ahead of the semi-final clash with the Portuguese champions.
Despite Benfica's strong home record, a case can be made for Antonio Conte’s men looking decent value at 17/10 (2.70) with William Hill to seize the initiative by claiming a crucial first-leg victory here, while the same firm go 21/10 (3.10) that Thursday’s tussle ends in stalemate.
Benfica, of course, were beaten in the final of last season’s competition by Chelsea and, if they are to reach another final, they will need to be at their best to see off the Serie A side.
Paraguayan striker Oscar Cardozo is likely to be a key protagonist if Jorge Jesus’ side are to advance at the expense of the Italians and Benfica backers may be tempted by the juicy 4/1 (5.0) “headline offer” from William Hill for the 30-year-old striker to find the net at any time in a win for the home side.
Spanish striker Fernando Llorente has scored three goals in his last four matches for Juventus and can be backed at a chunky 5/1 (6.0) to net at any time in a win for Antonio Conte’s men – another “headline offer” from William Hill.
Benfica have scored in each of their last 49 competitive fixtures on home turf but Jorge Jesus’ side may find it tough to keep out a Juventus side that has found the net in 19 of their last 20 matches.
With both sides boasting plenty of attacking prowess, there is value to be had in backing both teams to find the net at a juicy 10/11 (1.91) with William Hill and it is this price that is the recommended play for punters.
|Both teams to score at 10/11 (1.91) for a 3pts stake with William Hill
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