Who’ll reach the Europa League Final this evening?

Ezequiel Garay celebrates opening the scoring in Benfica's 2-1 win over Juventus in the first leg

Ezequiel Garay celebrates opening the scoring in Benfica’s 2-1 win over Juventus in the first leg

After two fantastic semi final second leg matches over the last two evenings in the Champions League where a Madrid Derby between Atlético and Real was set up thanks to 4-0 and 3-1 away wins at Bayern Munich and Chelsea respectively, this evening sees the turn of the Europa League. As things stand, it is looking as if two further Iberian sides will contest the Europa League Final at the Juventus Stadium on May 14 with Benfica and Sevilla leading Juventus and Valencia. Will it be all change in the Europa League Semi Final Second Leg matches?

(All odds provided by GR88.com are accurate as of today and subject to change)

Juventus v Benfica:

Juventus – 1.56

Draw – 3.95

Benfica – 5.60

Despite the fact that Benfica hold a 2-1 advantage coming into this second leg clash of their Europa League semi final, looking at the odds for the game it is clear that GR88.com are favouring a resurgence from the side that all but tied up the Italian Serie A with a bounce back victory over Sassuolo to leave them eight points clear with three games to play. The reason for this is the outstanding home form shown by Juventus this season as they have won 22 and drawn three of their 25 matches at the Juventus Stadium and with the final happening here in less than two weeks time you can be sure that they will want to be a part of it in their hometown.

Juventus have conceded zero or one goal in 16 of their last 17 home matches and a 1-1 draw with Fiorentina in this competition is the only time they have failed to win in this run of 17 games too. They will be confident, but the current Portuguese champions are in excellent form too and they are aiming for a domestic and European quadruple this season. They already have claimed the league title and their penalty shootout win over Porto at the weekend saw them book their second domestic final appearance for this season, now all they need to do is avoid defeat tonight to ensure their progress.

They bring four clean sheets in a row on the road in all competitions into tonight’s game and they have eight shutouts in 11 away matches. With them needing to keep things tight at the back, with Juventus’ away goal seeing them able to progress with a 1-0 win, I expect this to be a tight and gritty game with few goals.

Back -2.5 goals in the Juventus v Benfica game tonight @ 1.85 with GR88.com.

Valencia v Sevilla:

Valencia – 2.14

Draw – 3.50

Sevilla – 3.00

This all Spanish clash will ensure that there will be a third team from La Primera Liga contesting a European final this season in conjunction with the two Madrid teams, and with Sevilla hitting form at the end of the season as well as holding a 2-0 lead over their compatriots it is they who are looking like progressing to the final this evening.

Neither of these two sides claimed victory at the weekend with Valencia suffering a 1-0 loss to league leaders Atlético Madrid and Sevilla beaten 3-1 away at Athletic Bilbao. Both teams have had struggles of late, with Valencia losing two of their last four at home – although these two losses are their only home defeats in 13 matches in 2014 – while Sevilla have suffered three losses in four away from home.

I feel that this match will be another close game, just like the Juventus v Benfica clash, but with them two goals behind Valencia will be the more attacking team of the two tonight and with their excellent home record this year I can see them just edging this match tonight/.

Back Valencia to beat Sevilla in their Europa League Semi Final Second Leg tonight @ 2.14 in the GR88 Sportsbook!

AntonyANTONY JORDAN (antonygr88) is an avid football and cricket fan who loves to play his favourite sports as much as write about them and bet on them.  Read his daily sports betting blog at GR88.com.


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