The amount of satisfaction one can draw from a watertight defence depends upon your vocation but, thanks to Benfica and Juventus’ miserly backlines, Europa League punters planning a heist on the bwin.com coffers have the perfect alibi.
Rock-solid rearguards form the basis for two of our three best bets of Europa League quarter final second-leg night, a triumvirate that would pay out at more than 3/1 if tied up accumulator style.
Benfica to beat AZ Alkmaar to nil @ 21/20
Nacer Chadli is the only visiting player to score at Stadio da Luz since Edinson Cavani in early December 2013.
The Belgian’s brace came in Tottenham’s doomed bid to overturn a 3-1 first-leg deficit in the previous round, the sole occasion during that nine-game sequence in which Jorge Jesus’ men failed to win.
Opponents Alkmaar, without a win in five away trips, are not the classiest of foes, previously prospering at the expense of this shower of no-marks:
Atromitos, Maccabi Haifa, PAOK Salonika, Shakhter Karagandy, Slovan Liberec and Anzhi Makhachkala.
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Juventus to beat Lyon to nil @ 87/100
Antonio Conte’s side have allowed their opposition one goal in five continental outings since making the step down into the Europa League and they’ve kept clean sheets in ten of their last 13 games in all competitions.
That sequence includes the first leg in France, in which Lyon were limited to a solitary shot on target.
Basel double chance v Valencia @ 27/20
Tumbleweeds may have been blowing across the deserted St Jakob-Park stands, but it didn’t stop Murat Yakin’s men taking Los Che apart 3-0 in the first leg.
Schalke are the only side to best them on the road all season long, making Basel a delectable price to emulate Swansea, Kuban Krasnodar and Dynamo Kiev in avoiding defeat at the Mestalla in continental action this term.