Benfica vs Chelsea

Europa League, 15.05.2013, 20:45h

Benfica have been at the lead of the Liga ZON Sagres for most of the season and with 3 rounds to go, they had a 4 points lead over arch rivals Porto and it seemed that they`ve won the battle for another title. Unfortunately for them, they`ve let slip through their fingers 2 crucial points on their home match vs Estoril Praia, while in the title derby, they`ve suffered a very painful defeat, even though they`ve opened the scoreline at the Dragao. Kelvin scored an injury-time goal and Porto won 2-1, and this defeat will most probably cost Benfica the title. It remains to be seen how Jorge Jesus` lads will recover mentaly after this shock. benficavschelseaChelsea have had a disappointing season so far, as they`ve failed to defend their Champions League title, being left out of the competition from the group stage and they`ve been unable to keep the pace with Man. Utd. in the battle for another Premier League title, but they have an important chance to finish the season with a trophy. They could be only the second team after Jose Mourinho`s Porto to win the Champions League and Europa League in consecutive seasons. John Terry and Eden Hazard are doubts following injuries during Saturday`s 2-1 win over Aston Villa.Benfica have had a very impressive campaign on their domestic league, but they are heading into the match on the back of a disastrous defeat that could cost them the title, while Rafa Benitez` lads are unbeaten in the last 8 matches in all competitions (6 wins). Furthermore, Benfica will have to play against the tradition, as they have lost the last 6 European finals they`ve played, while Chelsea`s Rafa Benitez is a specialist of the KO competition, as he already won two European trophies: the UEFA Cup with Valencia and the Champions League with Liverpool. Also, on last season, on their route to the Champions League final, Chelsea have eliminated Benfica following two narrow wins: 1-0 and 2-1. I expect something similar this time too.


Bet: Away Win @ 2.55


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