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Villarreal vs Porto: Porto to have little trouble reaching final

| 05.05.2011

Villarreal already have a monstrous mountain to climb if they want to reach the final of the Europa League and the strength of Porto’s most recent results in Spain only diminishes their faint hopes further.

Match Odds

Porto took a mighty leap towards the final by winning the first leg of their last-four clash with Villarreal 5-1 in Portugal and are 7/4 in the Europa League odds to claim victory over their Spanish opposition again.

The chances of the recently-confirmed Portuguese champions are also aided by the fact that they have avoided defeat on their last five trips to Spain, which includes three victories.

Furthermore, the match will spell the end of a remarkable run for at least one of the two clubs, with Porto triumphing in all seven away games in this season’s Europa League and Villarreal maintaining a 100 per cent winning record at El Madrigal.

It is 7/5 that Villarreal manage to regain some pride from the tie and extend their winning streak at home in Europe to eight games, while the draw that would end both winning runs is priced at 23/10.

Only three times in the history of a UEFA European football competition has a team progressed in a tournament after losing the first leg by four goals, which shows the size of the task facing Villarreal.

First Goalscorer

Radamel Falcao was Porto’s hero in the first-leg victory as he scored four goals to take his tally in this season’s competition to 15 goals.

He is 5/1 to further add to his tally with the opening goal in the second leg, which is the same price Giuseppe Rossi, who is Villarreal’s top scorer in the Europa League this season with ten goals.

A £30 stake on Villarreal and Porto drawing 1-1 in the second leg of their Europa League semi final would return £165. New customers can sign up here for a free £30 bet.

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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.