Brazil’s Santos are expected by most football betting fans to lift the Copa Libertadores later this week after holding fellow finalists Penarol to a 0-0 draw in the first leg.
After failing to make home advantage count last time out, the Uruguayans are priced as 5/1 outsiders to win the second leg.
Conversely, Santos are odds-on favourites to win at 1/2, while the draw is available at 13/5 at bwin.com.
Muricy Ramalho’s Santastic side will look to put recent form behind them in order to be crowned champions of South America.
They have won just one of their last five encounters, drawing three and losing one.
However, their form has been better than that of their opponents, who have not won in four attempts and lost two successive ties heading into the final.
Santos have also been more prolific of late, scoring three in successive matches and helping themselves to seven goals from their last five games.
By way of contrast, Thursday morning’s opponents have scored just four during that period, drawing a blank in their last two games.
Such form could encourage a number of football betting enthusiasts to back the Santos forwards, including Chelsea and Real Madrid target Neymar, to score three or more goals at 2/1.
The playmaker has hit five goals in 12 matches so far in the tournament, which could make this an attractive option for a number of Copa Libertadores betting fans.
While the Uruguayans have been stuttering in front of goal, forward Juan Manuel Oliviera has matched Neymar goal for goal in the competition, which makes the 9/2 odds on Penarol scoring two goals during the game an exciting bet.
However, with Santos clear favourites to win and only short returns on offer for that outcome, a number of observers could be tempted to put their pundit hats on and opt for a scoreline bet.
A 1-0 win for Santos offers odds of 13/2, as does a 2-0 victory for the home side.
Bwin also has fans of the visitors covered should they fancy backing a dream result in Brazil.
The 1-0 away win is priced at 13/1, while those hoping for Penarol to run out as 2-0 winners are offered longer odds of 30/1.
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