A Tottenham trouncing beckons as the beleaguered Lilywhites head to Lisbon to tackle a side that only a handful on the planet can claim to be in better knick than.
Benfica’s inevitable win is the staple selection of our 12/1 Europa League treble that will also see Fiorentina and riches to rags Anzhi prevail against the odds.
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Benfica to beat Tottenham @ 57/100
A riotous showing at White Hart Lane makes backing Jorge Jesus to get another one-up on Tim Sherwood at a price better than 1/2 a very worthwhile activity.
The Eagles should augment their 3-1 aggregate lead based on the fact that they’ve won 12 from 15 at the Estadio de la Luz this term, including each of their last seven, with no opposition attack able to perforate their watertight backline in 2014.
Spurs’ shortage of defensive personnel and the absence of chief goal-getter Emmanuel Adebayor makes their task difficult in the extreme.
Fiorentina to beat Juventus @ 29/10
The Old Lady are overwhelming favourites, but they’re in for a Tuscan licking at the Artemio Franchi.
La Viola are undefeated in nine Europa League outings and defied the odds last week to claim a share of the spoils in the first-leg.
Antonio Conte’s troops have been unimpressive in continental competitions this term, with a Champions League group-stage win over Copenhagen their only cause to celebrate outside of Serie A.
Anzhi to beat AZ @ 23/20
Penniless and trailing from the first-leg, the Dagestan outfit were targeting world domination not so long ago, now they must overturn a 1-0 deficit to remain in Europe’s consolation competition.
They stand a good chance of doing so too having won six and drawn two of their nine games in 2014, with three of their previous four victories coming by a two-goal margin.
Cliché dictates that few relish trekking to Russia on a Thursday night and AZ will be particularly fearful of making the trip having lost four of their last six away games.