Chelsea favourites for Europa League crown
Current Champions League holders Chelsea are the slight favourites to pick up their second European trophy in two seasons against Benfica on Wednesday night. The Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena has Chelsea tipped at 7/5 to win the game with Benfica at 21/10.
Blues fans will be hoping that John Terry and Eden Hazard, who both picked up injuries in Saturdays win over Aston Villa, will be passed fit for the final against a Portuguese team currently battling out for the Primeira Liga title. The game is set to be tight and odds on a draw after 90minutes are 9/4 whilst the game having under 2.5 goals in it is 8/11. The odds on the game going to penalties are relatively short with Paddy Power offering 10/1 if Chelsea lift the cup after a shootout and the same odds for Benfica.
Benfica come into the game having lost to title rivals Porto at the weekend but generally on good form and can be backed at 9/1 to win the game 1-0. The eagles can be backed at 14/1 to win the game 2-0, and at 10/1 grab a 2-1 victory. Chelsea have generally made things difficult for themselves in the competition but have been had an excellent six weeks in the Premier League and can be backed at 15/2 to win the game 1-0, at 10/1 for a 2-0 triumph and at odds of 9/1 to clinch a 2-1 victory.
Bookmaker Paddy Power have a money back special in place on the Wednesday night final - if Chelsea midfielder Oscar scores at any time in the Europa League Final, Paddy Power will refund all losing First/last goalscorer, correct score & scorecast singles on the match! There are also a series of other match specials available including Ramires to score and be booked in 90minutes at odds of 11/1 and odds on Benfica forward Cardozo outscoring Fernando Torres in 90minutes at odds of 11/4.
The unfortunate truth for Benfica is that the Europa League Final may just serve as shop window for their best players. However, one player unlikely to be on the move is striker Cardozo who arrived at the club in 2007. With 150 goals to his name for Benfica the player is the favourite to get the first goal at 11/2 with Lima and Fernando Torres as second favourites at 6/1. All-time leading Chelsea goal scorer Frank Lampard is at odds of 7/1 to score the first goal and has odds of 23/10 to score at any time in what could be his penultimate game for the club. Ex Benfica defender turned goal machine David Luiz can be backed at 16/1 for the first goal and at odds of 6/1 to score at any time.
A Paddy Power spokesman told Football Betting News; “It’s all to play for in Amsterdam and although Chelsea go in as slight favourites it is undoubtedly going to be a nail-biter for both sets of fans. Having secured Champions League football for the club Rafa Benitez will be itching to make a final emphatic point about the word ‘interim’ to Chelsea’s fans and owner.”