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Porto best bet of Portuguese giants for away Europa League win

| 14.04.2011

Portugal are as good as guaranteed to have at least two representatives in the Europa League semi finals as Porto and Benfica should have little trouble sealing their passage into the last four.

Porto lead Spartak Moscow 5-1 from the opening leg of their quarter-final tie, which leaves them on the cusp of knocking Russian opposition out of the tournament for the second successive round.

The recently-confirmed Portuguese league champions are 11/8 in the Europa League betting to beat Spartak again and their record against Russian opposition is impressive.

Porto are unbeaten in seven games against teams from Russia and have triumphed on all three occasions that they have met them in Moscow.

These three wins have been achieved without conceding a goal, while each fixture has also been low scoring.

Therefore, the best bet of the match may be the 1/1 that fewer than 2.5 goals are scored.

Spartak still have their pride to play for and will want to please the home support with a victory, which can be backed at 15/8.

Benfica are also in total command of their quarter final against PSV after winning their home leg 4-1 and are 2/1 to secure another victory in Holland.

However, they are less likely than Porto to achieve an away success as they have only won one of their seven career games in the Netherlands.

Furthermore, PSV are unbeaten in their last 12 European home fixtures and have drawn both of their previous home games with Benfica.

It is 5/2 that the pair grind out another draw in Holland, with PSV 5/4 to land the spoils.

Qualification for Benfica would potentially also take them through to an all-Portuguese Europa League semi final with Braga, assuming their countrymen can progress through their last-eight tie with Dynamo Kiev.

A £30 stake on Porto beating Spartak Moscow 1-0 would return £195. New customers can sign up here for a free £30 bet.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.