Liverpool v Benfica Europa League

europa-league-bettingTonight Liverpool takes on Benfica in the second leg of the Europa League quarter-finals, where they will have to overcome the defeat from last week in Lisbon. The first game ended with a 2-1 victory for the Portuguese after Daniel Agger had brought Liverpool ahead in the first half, but two penalties to Oscar Cardozo in the second-half sealed the deal. We have looked at tonight’s match to find the best betting tips, which can be found further down.

Liverpool under pressure

Liverpool seems to be feeling the pressure at moment after an unsuccessful Champions League campaign and pursuit of fourth place in the Premier League. After their draw against Birmingham last weekend they are now sixth in the league trailing both Manchester City and Tottenham with four points up, having played a game more. There can be no doubt that the Europa League is their last chance of success this season and this became even more apparent, when manager Benitez substituted Fernando Torres last weekend, which was criticized a lot in the British media after the draw.

In tonight’s game Liverpool will be missing both Babel and Insua, who are both suspended for the match. At the same time Aurelio and Skrtel is still out due to injuries, while youngster Kelly is also struggling with a knee injury. On top of this Maxi Rodriguez is ineligible, which leaves Benitez with a somewhat crippled squad.

On the other hand Benfica are doing well at home and seems to be in good shape for tonight’s match. Benfica has won 11 out of 12 league games lately and won comfortably this Monday at Naval with 4-2. For the game at Anfield they will be missing strikers Saviola and Weldon due to injuries, while Peixoto is doubtful in defense.

1.61 odds for a Liverpool win

Sports betters can currently get odds 1.61 for a Liverpool win, 3.75 for the draw and 5.50 for Benfica at 888sport. With the many question marks about Liverpool at moment and their current form, the odds for Liverpool is way too low and not recommendable to play. The game tonight will likely be very close and Liverpool will have a somewhat hard time creating chances against a solid Benfica defense. Benfica has a good result going into the match and will properly wait for Liverpool to come forward, and play on the counterattacks. On other hand Liverpool must try to score and their success will highly depend on whether Torres is fully fit. Of cause their home advantage may give them the necessary confidence, and any team coming to Anfield must be considered an underdog.

This said, Benfica have a very good chance of qualifying and have a good result to defend. At the same time they look very good on the counterattack with both Cardozo and Di Maria in good form, and they are likely to score at Anfield. Our betting tip for the match is Benfica to qualify, which can currently be played at odds 2.00 at 888 Sport. Another solid bet is over 2.5 goals, which can currently be bet at odds 1.83 at 888 Sports betting. With the result from last week this is likely to happen as both teams most come forward, if the other scores.


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