Juventus, Porto and Benfica brilliant value in 5/1 treble
No British clubs are left standing in this season’s Europa League, but back established continental names Juventus, Porto and Benfica all to win with Coral, and enjoy enhanced odds of 5/1.
Italian champions and Serie A leaders Juve are at Lyon, Porto host Spanish La Liga side Sevilla and Benfica – the best team in Portugal – are away to Dutch Eredivisie outfit AZ Alkmaar.
Lyon v Juventus
Ligue 1 outfit Lyon have lost three of their last four coming into this match with the Turin giants.
Antonio Conte’s Old Lady, who are 13/10 favourites to win the Europa League, are thus odds-on at 8/11 for victory here, and to qualify for the final four at 1/6.
Carlos Tevez is just the tip of the iceberg for Lyon. The former Manchester City and United striker has scored three goals in his last two outings. Back him, or big Basque centre forward Fernando Llorente, to net anytime at 6/4.
Porto v Sevilla
It took a penalty shoot-out to take Sevilla past their neighbours and basement La Liga club Real Betis in the last round. Porto are odds-on 5/6 favourites to win at the Estadio do Dragao, and advance from the tie at 8/15.
Luis Castro’s club has 25-goal top-scorer Jackson Martinez to worry the Sevilla defence. Back the Colombian frontman at 6/5 for a goal anytime.
The return of Ricardo Quaresma to Porto has been a masterstroke. He has netted twice in this competition from four appearances, so odds of 6/4 on the Portugal winger doing so again anytime here are well worth considering.
AZ Alkmaar v Benfica
Jorge Jesus’ Lisbon giants are on a phenomenal 27-match unbeaten run in league and European games. Benfica are thus odds-on favourites to win this first leg at 8/11, and qualify for the semi-finals at 1/5.
Hosts Alkmaar have recorded just one win in five coming into this battle. The visitors possess real strength in depth in the final third. Brazilian striker Lima has three in four Europa League outings this term, so back him at 7/2 to score first, or net last.
You may also want to back a defender to be on target for Benfica, as Ezequiel Garay and Luisao each took chances against Spurs in the last round. They are each 7/1 shots for a goal anytime.