King of Stats – all of the numbers for the Europa League final
Wigan to win by one goal at 10/1 and a red card to be shown in the FA Cup final at 18/5 were just two of the successful bets pulled out by the King of Stats for the Wembley showpiece victory over Man City.
Attention now turns to another major final in the Europa League to see if more profit can be turned as Chelsea prepare to face Benfica in Amsterdam.
6 – Benfica have been beaten in all of their six major European finals since 1962, while Chelsea’s only defeat in their last four was the memorable Champions League loss to Man Utd on penalties in 2008. Chelsea are 7/5 to beat Benfica.
2 – The pair have slightly surprisingly only met twice before, which was over two legs in the Champions League quarter finals last season. Chelsea won both and each was by a margin of a single goal. Chelsea are 31/10 to triumph by a one-goal margin.
2 – Chelsea have scored at least twice in all of their last 13 fixtures in all competitions, except those opposing Man Utd and Man City. But Benfica have not conceded more than twice in a single game of any kind all season. It is 6/4 that Chelsea score 2-3 in the Goal Crazy market or 6/5 that they net over 1.5 goals.
8 – Benfica’s Oscar Cardozo has scored eight goals across his last 10 matches with English opposition, including a penalty against Newcastle in this competition last month. He is 6/1 to open the scoring with Chelsea and 40/1 to bag the hat-trick required to end the season as the Europa League’s top scorer.
5 – At least one goal has been scored in the 15-minute period between the hour mark and the 75th minute in each of Benfica’s last five Europa League outings. It is 33/20 that either team score in this part of the clash in Amsterdam.
4 – Referee Bjorn Kuipers is not one to dish out cards willy-nilly, in fact he has shown less than three yellow cards in four of his last six games and not sent anyone off in his 15 games in 2013. 3/1 is a fair price on under three cards here, while it is 1/4 that there is no red card shown.
4 – Benfica have mustered no more than four corners in four of their last five games, with the only exception being in the Portuguese league clash at home to Estoril. Meanwhile, Chelsea have won at least five in all of their eight outings since losing their FA Cup semi final to Man City. Chelsea are 4/6 to win the most corners in the final and 8/11 to take at least five.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.