Juventus vs Benfica
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Tonight Juventus have the chance to qualify for the Europa League final. Benfica won the first round in Lisbon (2-1), this means that Juve can qualify only with a victory: 1-0, 2-0, 3-0, 3-1 or more. In case of 2-1 there will be extra time. Benfica qualify through a draw, a victory or even by losing by one by scoring more than one goal: 2-3, 3-4 or more.
I already wrote a lot about the motivations of the Italian club and players (see all my old previews on the Lyon games and on the Lisbon match): the achievement of this final would be the first big International result since Andrea Agnelli took the leadership of the club.
I have read a lot about the Portuguese fear that UEFA is going to prefer Juventus as finalist rather than Benfica. I can agree that some businessmen at UEFA would prefere Juventus in the final and that Michel Platini waits since long to see his (and my) Juve in an important final but I also know that Platini is a person with good principles and fairness. And all Italians (Juve fans and other fans as well) can only confirm it.
I wrote once that 'the Old Lady has a date and she will not be late (I meant with the final and Platini). This does not mean that the Old Lady pays (or get paid) for it. If Juventus is la 'Vecchia Signora', Platini is a gentleman and all people in Europe should read mre about him or see videos and interviews of the 80s. We are not talking about a man like Blatter who eliminated Italy and Spain from the World Cup 2002 just to make more money with South Korea. Platini will make sure that everything will be fair tonight and if it will be Benfica to win he will be present at the Portuguese-Spanish final. Not like Blatter in 2006 when he preferred to visit Zidane instead of giving the Italian players the cup.
So forget about Benfica crying. In football this pre-crying never takes nothing with it. In football first you play and after you can saysomething. Tonight there will not be Byron Moreno as referee nor Blatter as bookwriter of the game, dear readers.
Tonight there will be a real semifinal where Juventus will win (as often happened in Europe) or will lose (Juventus defeats in important European games are famous, but this happens usually in the Champions League). Nothing more, nothing less. In Reggio Emilia, even against a weak team like Sassuolo, Juventus have shown that they are serious in all competitions. The players gave their best and won. My Juventus preview received 24 dislikes plus one after the winning bet. My correct score tonight: 3-0 Llorente, Llorente, Tevez
I bet on Juventus to win by more than one. If they win by one I get my stake back. Perfect odds, full stake.
Bet: Juventus AH-1, odds: 2.03 Pinnacle Sports, stake:10/10
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