AUTHOR: Star Sports Content

Two teams. Two moods.

Benfica v Chelsea
Europa League Final
TIME: 7.45pm
TV: ITV

We’ve no domestic interest in the Champions League Final despite it being played on home soil at Wembley.

Tonight, Chelsea go into tonight’s Europa League Final as warm favourites to lift the trophy with Star Sports but are without John Terry and Eden Hazard who have travelled over to Amsterdam but will miss the match through injury.

The teams have clashed only twice before, in the Champions League last year, and Chelsea edged victory both times.

04 Apr 2012 Champions League, Chelsea 2 – 1 Benfica
27 Mar 2012 Champions League, Benfica 0 – 1 Chelsea

Both teams arrive in vastly different moods.

Chelsea secured a Champions League spot with a 2-1 success at Aston Villa on Saturday after they were 1-0 down at half-time. That leaves them with a Champions League spot and for all the hostility shown to Rafa Benitez he hasn’t excactly done badly with third in the Premier League and tonight’s chance of silverware still to come.

Benfica, on the other hand, had a disastrous day on Saturday when they were knocked off top spot in the Portuguese League for the first time in over months after a last gasp Porto goal.

That’s one hell of a defeat to bounce back from in a short space of time and Chelsea would appear the obvious play here – we’ll got for the win in 90 minutes at around 13/8.

We were right with the overs last night at the Emirates but wrong with the HT/FT. Always a sickening blow when a team wins 4-1 but didn’t lead at halftime.

STAR FORECAST
(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)
5 points CHELSEA to beat Benfica in 90 mins

(-2 Tuesday)

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Looking after the pennies……

…. and the pounds will look after themselves.

It’s all about getting good value whether you’re betting or shopping for tea bags.

High street retailer Poundland is no longer living up to its name as it has CUT its prices to 97p in some stores in a bid to undercut rivals charging 99p.

Jim McCarthy, chief executive of the low-cost retailer, told Retail Week that the move was part of the company’s “competitor response” strategy, which also includes promotional vouchers.

“It is those early weeks [when a rival opens] that are very important and if you can pop the balloon early we find that doing that rather than nothing at all is helpful,” Mr McCarthy said.

“And it sends the message that we’re not a soft touch. It’s a bit like when a supermarket has a competitor opening nearby. They have hosts of tactics to dampen the impact.”

Will a penny really make that much difference to them? We’ll see, meanwhile I’m off to spend a penny. Too much tea you see.

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