Europa League Betting: Juventus vs. Olympique Lyonnais

Mike Richardson

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 7:13 PM GMT

Tuesday, Apr. 8, 2014 7:13 PM GMT

It’s advantage Juventus as the Italian Champions go into leg two of their Europa League quarter-final against Olympic Lyon. It’s also advantage to your good selves as your Humble Handicapper has the top soccer picks on the best soccer odds ahead of this match.

A pub fact for starters, the home side in this clash (Juventus) are one of just three sides who have won this competition three times (although their last success was in 1992-93 back when it was called the Uefa Cup). In their last match Lyon had a huge chance to take the lead early in the game, when former Fulham midfielder Steed Malbranque launched a pile driver of a shot, but Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon pushed it around the post. The game was decided when Juve’s Leonardo Bonucci right footed a shot from the right side of the six yard box, which landed in the top right corner of the goal, following a corner. Carlos Tevez should also have scored for Juventus, and if he had your Humble Handicapper would have nailed not only the winner but the right score in this game. Before the last match Lyon were 4/1 to qualify, they are now at best soccer odds of 9/1.


Enough with the last match…WHERE’S THE MONEY MIKE?
The bookie basics have a home win for Juventus at 4/11 the draw is at 4/1 and a Lyon win is way out at 10/1. If you those odds confuse you (wake up and drink the coffee) you should know that Juventus are Evens to win the Europa league and Lyon run as high as 75/1. Obviously for Lyon to win the Europa league they will need to beat (not draw with) Juventus.

The best odds your Humble Handicapper can find on Juventus qualifying is at 1/12 but some bookies have them at as much of a foregone conclusion as 1/25.  So let’s all agree that Juventus will qualify. If you want to go wild back the game being drawn, which won’t bother Juventus, and if the game is going to end drawn back the best half time / full time odds of Juventus / Draw at 25/1. And if the game is going to end drawn the bookies have 1-1 at the shortest correct score odds of 8/1, and 0-0 is right behind at 12/1.


But looking at the correct score odds it’s all about Juventus
The bookies have eight different Juventus winning scores (including 3-2 and 4-1) before they entertain at Lyon win. The shortest correct score odds on a Lyon win are on 1-0 (forcing the game into Extra time) at 25/1, and the 2-1 Lyon win they’d need to progress in normal time is as high as 33/1.

It’s obviously really, Juventus will win this game but it will be a modest score. If you’re feeling generous (as I am) you might give Lyon a consolation goal, but that’s all.

Prediction: Juventus win 2-1 available at best soccer odds of 9/1 with BetVictor.

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