Europa League Final Betting Tips
Benfica have the chance of completing an unprecedented quadruple on Wednesday night as they take on Sevilla in the Europa League final on Wednesday evening.
The Portuguese champions have also wrapped up the League Cup and could also claim the Portuguese Cup next weekend when they face Rio Ave.
However Sevilla will be no walkovers and the Spanish side are looking to reclaim the title they won in both 2006 and 2007, in the tournament’s previous incarnation, the UEFA Cup.
With two pieces of silverware to their name already this season and high on confidence, the Portuguese side, beaten finalists in the competition last year, are the bookies’ favourites to clinch the title.
They were defeated by Chelsea in the final 12 months ago which will surely increase their hunger heading into this year’s curtain closer.
Their credentials for the title are magnified by the calibre of team they beat in the semi-finals, Serie A champions Juventus. A 2-1 win at home put them on the front foot before they held Antonio Conte’s side to a 0-0 draw in the second leg, ensuring they would return to the Juventus Stadium for the final.
Should they complete the victory, it’ll be their first European title since 1962, when they lifted the European Cup.
Benfica were defeated 2-1 on Saturday by third placed Porto, but before that match they had lost just one game in their last 40 – an incredible run.
A number of yellow cards in the semi-finals mean Jorge Jesus’ side have a number of playes suspended, including strikers Lazar Markovic, Eduardo Salvio and midfielder Enzo Perez. Defender Silvio is ruled out with injury whilst Ljubomir Fejsa is a doubt with a foot problem.
Sevilla booked their place in the Europa League final after beating Valencia in an all-Spanish semi-final tie, progressing on the away goals rule after it finished 3-3 on aggregate.
They currently occupy fifth spot in La Liga but have hit a bit of a rut in recent weeks and have not won in four, although they had previously won five on the bounce.
As previously mentioned they scooped the UEFA Cup title under Juande Ramos and have made an admirable impression on the tournament this season after a two-year exile from European football.
Jairo Samperio is suspended for Sevilla whilst injuries rule out both Denis Cheryshev and Sebastián Cristóforo. Midfielder Vitolo faces a late fitness test if he’s to play a part on Wednesday evening.
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Watch the match live from 7:45pm on ITV4.