After six months of competition between 38 of the continent’s biggest and best teams, the conclusion of the Copa Libertadores is almost upon us.
The final of the tournament every South American player and fan looks forward to will be contested between Santos of Brazil and Penarol of Uruguay.
Both sides are past winners and with such a sterling reputation in the competition, they will be keen to add to their respective trophy hauls over two legs of tense action.
Football betting enthusiasts will be interested to learn that Penarol have been installed as favourites for the first meeting, with bwin offering odds of 27/20 on the home side grabbing an early advantage.
On paper, however, Santos appear to have the stronger team, boasting some of the finest talents on the continent.
As such, the 37/20 odds on them winning on the night are likely to attract a great deal of attention from punters who enjoy betting on the Copa Libertadores.
New bwin members deciding to use their £25 free bet to back the away side to establish a first-leg lead will collect returns of £71.25 if the result comes in.
Nevertheless, despite lacking the marquee names of their opponents, the Manya have proved time and again that they cannot be written off and have the quality to succeed.
Expectations among Penarol betting fans would have been minimal after their side scraped through their group in second place with a goal difference of minus five.
However, they managed to win both their round-of-16 and quarter-final ties by a single goal and put Argentina’s Velez Sarsfield out on away goals in the semi-finals.
And for the most part, Santos haven’t exactly been free-scoring either, even with the presence of Neymar, perhaps the continent’s most hotly-tipped young forward at present.
Throughout the knock-out stage – which has comprised aggregate victories over America, Once Caldas and Cerro Porteno – the club made famous by Pele have failed to win a game by more than a single goal.
This could prompt a number of punters to bet on one side to win the game by just one goal difference – an outcome which offers odds of 13/10 at bwin.
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