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Tevez tipped among best three bets for Juventus vs Benfica

| 01.05.2014

Juventus head into this evening’s Europa League semi-final second leg encounter with Benfica knowing that, despite an away goal in the first leg, they will have to win on the night to progress.

Ladbrokes is offering odds of 4/7 on the Old Lady doing just that though, given that the Bianconeri are unbeaten in 25 games at home, winning 24 of those contests and drawing just once.

With the draw on at 11/4 and Benfica a distant 5/1 for victory on the night, punters face a tough choice between backing the odds-on favourites or risking it on the outsiders.

Fortunately we’ve scoured the 104 markets available on the game to bring you three slightly more reliable bets to back.

Both teams to score @ 11/10

Despite Italian football’s traditionally defensive qualities, Benfica should fancy themselves to get a goal in the Juventus Stadium, having found the net in each of their three away games in the Europa League this term.

Juventus have also been noticeably frail at the back on home soil in Europe this season, scoring and conceding in five of the six games they have played in Turin.

Carlos Tevez to score anytime @ 11/10

A well-taken goal in Portugal will have done Tevez’s confidence the world of good going into this encounter, with the Argentine ending a European goal drought that previously stretched back five years.

Since then the 30-year-old has continued where he left off with a crucial leveller in Juventus’ 3-1 win over Sassuolo, a victory which seals the Scudetto, and made it 19 goals for the season in all competitions.

Over 1.5 total goals @ 1/3

The undoubted banker of the night, Juventus’ six home games in Europe have all featured over 1.5 goals while there has been over that same tally in five of Benfica’s last six in the Europa League heading into this encounter.

With the tie nicely poised, things really could go either way, but given the way the first leg played out, with Benfica claiming a pulsating 2-1 win, you would expect a minimum of two goals tonight.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for Cardspiel.com alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.