Benfica and Sevilla hold the upper-hand in their respective Europa League semi-finals and they’re both just 90 minutes away from securing a place in next month’s final in Turin.
Juventus v Benfica Betting Tips
Juventus need a win in this second leg if they’re to reach the final of the tournament in their own back yard, after goals from Ezequiel Garay and Lima helped the Portuguese champions to a 2-1 win in the first leg.
Crucially, Carlos Tevez’s 73rd minute effort gives Juve a potentially lucrative away goal, meaning a 1-0 victory would be enough to see them through.
A 3-1 win for the Italians puts them just two points away from securing the Serie A title for a third season in a row, with that win being their six consecutive in the league.
Hosts manager Antonio Conte will be without Simone Pepe who is out with a thigh injury whilst Arturo Vidal faces a late fitness test with a knee issue.
Benfica are on the search for their second Europa League final in as many years and know a draw or better will see them return to the Juventus Stadium in a few weeks’ time for the final.
They are unbeaten in nine in all competitions and booked their place in the Portuguese Cup final on Sunday thanks to a penalty shoot-out win over Porto – but will playing 120 minutes have taken it out of much of the squad?
In terms of squad selection, Jorge Jesus has a few issues with Eduardo Salvio and Silvio both ruled out whilst Nicolas Gaitan and Ljubomir Fejsa both doubts with facial injuries.
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Valencia v Sevilla Betting Tips
As expected, fifth placed Sevilla picked up a routine 2-0 home win against eight placed La Liga side Valencia in the all-Spanish tie and will be aiming to get the job done efficiently on Thursday.
Both teams were defeated this weekend, Valencia 1-0 to league leaders Atletico Madrid whilst Sevilla were well beaten 3-1 at Athletico Bilbao.
Paco Alcadcer is suspended for the hosts, with Diego Alves and Phillipe Senderos both doubts for the fixture and Ricardo Costa and Victor Ruiz are both definitely ruled out. Visitors Sevilla will be without Victor Cherysheva nd Sebastian Cristoforo who are both injured.
There hasn’t been much to choose from looking back at the last five meetings between the two sides since the start of 2013, with two wins each – the home side prevailing in each of these wins.
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