Villarreal are all that stands between the Europa League final being an all Portugal affair and the chance to fly the flag for Spain could motivate Juan Carlos Garrido’s men to cause an upset at the Estadio do Dragao.
The Yellow Submarine heads to Porto knowing a loss will ensure the trophy heads to their neighbours, with Benfica and Braga poised to battle it out in the other half of the semi final draw.
Bwin currently price the El Madrigal outfit to head into the second leg with an away win under their belt at 17/4 outsiders, with the likelihood of the Spaniards holding out for a draw offering shorter odds of 11/4
However, with the Liga Zon Sagres wrapped up ahead of schedule, Porto have had plenty of time to concentrate on tomorrow night’s (April 28th) encounter.
The Dragons have been crowned champions with games to spare, sitting 19 points clear of nearest rivals Benfica. Furthermore, Andre Vilas Boas’ men are unbeaten so far on the domestic front, winning 25 of their 27 matches.
As such, home advantage is very much considered to be a factor, with the hosts odds on to win at 3/5.
While the home side may not need a helping hand in turning over their opponents, they could get a boost should Mateo Musacchio play true to form.
The Argentinean is one of the most carded players in Spain this term, picking up one red and ten yellows. Should he continue this run, Villareal could gift their hosts a number of set piece opportunities.
This would play into the hands of a club which boasts two of the top three scorers in the Portuguese league with Hulk and Falcao Garcia hitting 22 and 15 goals respectively.
Hulk is by far and away the most prolific forward in Portuguese football at present and this is reflected in the goal scorer betting markets.
The front man is priced at evens to hit the back of the net at any time during the 90 minutes, offering punters a chance to double their money. However, the 7/2 odds on either Hulk or Falcao breaking the deadlock could prove more attractive, with a £10 bet returning £45.
If Villarreal are to ensure a Spanish presence at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin as the competition reaches its finale, Giuseppe Rossi could provide a vital source of goals.
The former Manchester United striker is one of the most prolific forwards sitting in the huge shadow cast by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in La Liga, with 17 goals in the campaign so far.
The Italian is priced at 7/1 to open the scoring tomorrow night, while fellow attackers Nilmar and Santi Cazorla can be backed at 8/1 and 11/1 respectively to achieve the same feat.
However, Rossi seems the most likely of the three to break the deadlock and a £10 bet on the hitman would return £80. New customers can register here to receive a £25 free bet.