Benfica vs. Chelsea - UEFA Europa League Finals - Betting Odds and Game Preview - 15/05/2013

Benfica vs. Chelsea - UEFA Europa League final - Matchup and Team LogosBenfica and Chelsea are meeting in the UEFA Europa League finals on Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 at the Amsterdam ArenA.

Both Benfica and Chelsea finished third in the UEFA Champions League group stage and were then transferred to the round of 32 of the UEFA Europa League. On their road to the finals, Benfica eliminated Leverkusen, Bordeaux, Newcastle and Fenerbahce, while Chelsea was better than Sparta Praha, Steaua, Rubin and FC Basel.

Benfica are coming into this game having suffered a crushing last minute defeat vs. FC Porto in the Portuguese Liga which saw them slip to second place with only one game to go until the end of the season.

Chelsea, on the other hand, are in good form and are undefeated in their last eight matches. Most recently they beat Aston Villa with the score of 1-2.

Full Time Result

Benfica 21/10
Draw 23/10
Chelsea 13/10

To Lift the Trophy

Benfica 5/4
Chelsea 4/6

Chelsea are the favourites to win on Wednesday and become the UEFA Europa League champions a year after lifting the UEFA Champions League trophy. A $100 wager placed on Chelsea to win returns $66 in profit, while the same wager on Benfica returns $125 in profit.

Fernando Torres is the favourite to score for Chelsea at 2/1 (bet $100 to profit $200) while Rodrigo Lima is the favourite to score for Benfica at 11/5 (bet $100 to profit $220).

This should be a great match.

How will Benfica recover after likely losing the domestic title in injury time vs. their rivals FC Porto over the weekend? Can high-flying Chelsea continue their winning streak and make history by winning their second UEFA trophy in as many seasons?

The Over 2.5 for the game is set at 21/20 and Under 2.5 is set at 3/4 which means that the bookies are predicting a low scoring, defensive match.

It will be interesting to see how this one plays out.

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