Tomorrow’s semi-final second leg Europa League game between Sporting Braga and Benfica is expected to be a nervy affair, with the result of the tie still hanging in the balance.
Having come away from the first leg with the early advantage, Benfica are slight favourites to progress to the final of the competition, where they will almost certainly face bitter rivals Porto.
bwin offers odds of 29/20 on the Eagles to win and ultimately progress to the next round.
Recent form offers little to separate the two sides, with both being held to draws in their respective weekend league fixtures as their managers fully focused on the match at hand.
However, having grabbed an away goal in the first leg, Braga only need to nick one lone goal in order to progress. Europa League betting fans following the underdog can back Domingos Paciencia’s side to cause an upset and win at 7/4.
Rodrigo Lima is the Arsenalistas’ top scorer so far this term and punters can back the Brazilian to score first and send the home fans into a frenzy at odds of 6/1.
With a slender lead to hold onto, however, expect the game to be a cagey affair, with Benfica likely to adopt a defensive mindset from the off.
And while the last six meetings between the two clubs have produced no draws, all runs must come to an end eventually. Punters can get odds of 9/4 on the game to finish in a share of the spoils.
A £10 bet with bwin returns £27.50, while Europa League betting fans could go one step further and bet on the game to finish either 0-0 or 1-1 at 15/2 and 23/4 respectively.
The Eagles will be without one of their star men in Pablo Aimar, who is suspended after picking up a yellow card in the first meeting
But they will have their impressive forward duo of Oscar Cardozo and Javier Saviola healthy and available. They have both proved themselves more than capable in front of goal this season and will be keen to put the tie to bed early.
Punters can get odds of 5/1 on Cardozo to open the scoring, while his strike partner can be backed at 6/1. A £10 bet on Saviola will return £70.
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