Spurs, Juve, Valencia and Benfica make awesome Europa League acca
Fancy a Europa League acca? Coral’s best value is a sumptuous special of 6/1 on wins for Tottenham, Juventus, Valencia and Benfica in 90 minutes.
Spurs must overturn a one-goal deficit at home to Ukrainian outfit Dnipro and Juventus are 2-0 up from their last 32 first leg clash with Turkish team Trabzonspor.
Valencia have two away goals going into their second meeting with Dynamo Kiev and Portuguese giants Benfica hold a lead over PAOK.
Tottenham v Dnipro
A penalty kick is all that separates Spurs and Dnipro.
With home advantage, there is more than enough in White Hart Lane ranks to suggest Tim Sherwood’s side will turn this tie around. Tottenham remain odds-on favourites at 8/15 to win this second leg and advance to the last 16, where they will likely face Benfica, at 4/5.
In-form Emmanuel Adebayor stayed at home instead of making the trip to Ukraine, but expect the Togo striker to be unleashed here.
Odds of 7/2 say he will score first. Sherwood described Dnipro’s pitch as a “disgrace” after the first leg.
Back Spurs to return to winning ways on their own north London turf where they have never failed to score under Sherwood.
Trabzonspor v Juventus
Pablo Daniel Osvaldo broke his Juve duck, on loan from Southampton, and set the Old Lady on her way to a comfortable home victory over Trabzonspor.
Former Manchester United man Paul Pogba was also on target, so Antonio Conte’s team are odds-on to win in Turkey at 8/15.
Juventus are simply stronger on paper than their hosts and have lost four games in all competitions all season. They have a lead of nine points in Serie A and, barring a major wobble, will win a third straight Italian top-flight title.
Trabzonspor are down in seventh in the Turkish Super Lig, but remain in the mix for European football again next season. Juve’s strong forward line will be way too much for their defence. Back Osvaldo to open the scoring again at 4/1.
Valencia v Dynamo Kiev
Los Che have never lost to Ukrainian capital club Dynamo. When the sides last met at the Mestalla, however, Kiev knocked Valencia out on away goals with a draw. A repeat of that is not likely here as the hosts odds-on at 1/2 to win in 90 minutes.
Since Juan Antonio Pizzi came in as manager, Los Che have lost just two matches, but the Argentine is unbeaten at home.
Chilean forward Eduardo Vargas has two in his last four appearances, so expect that form to continue either leading the Valencia line of playing from the left flank.
Algeria international Sofiane Feghouli also found the net in the first leg and has mirrored Vargas’ scoring rate in recent matches wide on the right.
Benfica v PAOK
Portuguese top-flight leaders Benfica were beaten finalists in this competition last term.
PAOK are the second-best team in Greece, but that is no barometer of quality as they are 20 points behind Olympiakos.
Jorge Jesus has home comforts here and his side are odds-on at 4/11 for a second leg victory.
Brazilian striker Lima is Benfica’s leading marksman with a dozen in all competitions and he is the difference between the teams so far.
The Lisbon club have kept 17 clean sheets and nine of those have come at the Estadio da Luz. Odds of 19/20 on a win to nil make sense.