Juventus vs Benfica 05/01/2014 Free UEFA Europa League Soccer Pick and Preview
Benfica vs Juventus
Thursday 1st May 2014 20:05(GMT)
The Line: Juventus 3/5 Draw 33/10 Benfica 11/2 See the Latest Odds
TV: 3e; Fox Sports; ITV4
In the first leg in Benfica the game was dominated by the Portugese side. Jorge Jesus team looked a well oiled machine and held possession played the ball around Juventus and for large portions of the match had Juve on the backfoot, then up popped Carlos Tevez to level the game 1-1 and change the whole complexion of the tie. Benfica have some terrific individuals and are leading the Portugese Premiera League comfortably. With Cardoza, Lima and Rodrigo Benfica also possess three very exciting attackers and will look to play on the counter attack in Juventus where they will not be afraid to go at Juventus rearguard. Benfica also possess a very strong back four with Luisao, Perirera and Garay having lots of experience and will not wilt on the big occasion, the will be looking forward to the challenge provided by Tevez and Llorente.
Antonio Conte's Juventus are all but guaranteed another Scudetto and although they would no doubt prefer to be in the Champions League Juventus have a chance to reach a Europa League final which is being hosted in their home stadium in Torino. There is no doubt this is the reason that Juve have taken the Europa League more serious this season and with such a talented array of superstars it would be no surprise if Juventus turn this tie around tomorrw night. Tevez, Llorente, Vucinic can provide the goals, Vidal, Pirlo and Pogba the guile and defensively Juve still have Buffon between the posts.
Tough game between two really good sides here but I am taking the overs. I think that both teams will score tomorrow night and although I fancy Juventus to get the win the price is too tight for me to take them outright or on the handicap. Therefore I am going with over 2.5goals. Follow me on twitter@antonpippo