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Porto vs Villarreal: Score draw looks good value in Europa League odds

| 28.04.2011

Porto have tended to struggle at home to Spanish opposition in recent seasons and this could mean that Villarreal can secure a result in the first leg of the Europa League semi final.

Match Odds

Many people will be fancying Porto to take a home victory given the strength of their domestic Portuguese form this season and how they have performed at the Estadio do Dragao in the Europa League.

Porto are 4/6 to beat Villarreal in the Europa League betting and head into the showdown on a four-game winning run in the competition.

However, their one defeat in their last eight European home games came against a Spanish club in Sevilla and they have beaten a Spanish side just once in eight games in Portugal since 2000.

This may inspire Villarreal with confidence, while they themselves are unbeaten in four away games in the tournament, winning three of these matches.

Furthermore, Villarreal have triumphed in seven of their last eight European games and are 4/1 to extend this run by beating Porto, while it is 11/4 that the games ends as a draw.

But they will have to gain a result without the help of the injured Marcos Senna, Gonzalo Rodriguez and Angel Lopez.

Correct Scoreline

Porto are the current top scorers in this season’s Europa League with 29 goals since the start of the group stages and this is likely to result in Villarreal looking to attack in order to grab an away goal.

Thus, siding with a score draw could prove a decent bet in the correct scoreline market.

It is 6/1 in the Europa League odds that the first leg finishes 1-1, while 14/1 could offer reasonable value on the 2-2 draw.

A £30 stake on Villarreal’s trip to Porto ending 2-2 would return £420. New customers can sign up here for a free £30 bet.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.