Benfica, Juventus Favourites To Win on Thursday

Published on March 30th, 2014 3:49 pm EST

The first leg of the quarter-finals of the Europa League will kick off on Thursday, April 3rd. AZ Alkmaar, Lyon, Basel and Porto will all be playing in front of their home fans on Thursday.

Of the four games on Thursday, three of the home teams are underdogs to win (AZ Alkmaar, Lyon and Basel), while Porto is a slight favourite.

Here are the games and their odds as of this moment:

AZ Alkmaar, 4.75
Draw, 3.60
Benfica, 1.75

Lyon, 4.80
Draw, 3.60
Juventus, 1.75

Basel, 2.80
Draw, 3.30
Valencia, 2.50

Porto, 1.83
Draw, 3.60
Sevilla, 4.20

Benfica and Juventus are expected to easily breeze into the semi-finals, while Valencia and Porto are both favoured but to a lesser extent.

Benfica is currently considered the favourite to win Europa League, with Juventus a close second.

Teams like AZ Alkmaar and Lyon will be looking to surprise their opponents and pull off wins on Thursday. Can they do it?

The eyes of the world will be on Champions League this week, but there are some compelling Europa League matches that demand your attention as well.

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