Wed, Apr 25, 3:31pm by Staff Writer
The Europa League is down to the last four clubs, as they go in search of silverware plus for some clubs the added bonus of Champions League qualification. The financial incentive for playing in the Champions League is a huge boost alongside the chance to play against Europe’s elite.
Arsenal v Atletico Madrid, Friday 27th April, 5.05am (AEDT)
Following the announcement that long serving Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, will step down at the end of the season, the pressure is on to send him off with a trophy. Throughout his time at Arsenal he has kept them at the top of the game in English football with their most successful years in the early 2000s. He, however, failed to bring European glory to the club so the Europa League could be the perfect send off. They stand at $2.50 to win the first leg, but at $2.62 compared to Atletico at $1.44 to reach the Final. It would be arguably his greatest achievement if he could guide his side to glory and Champions League qualification via the Europa League.
Despite being priced at $2.80 to win the first leg, Atletico remain favourites to win the tie overall. The inclusion of striker Diego Costa in the squad is a surprise after he picked up an injury at the weekend. Former Chelsea player, Costa will be a huge threat to Arsenal’s hopes especially with the goal scoring form he is in. The combination of Costa and Antoine Griezmann will be giving Arsenal’s defenders sleepless nights ahead of this clash.
Bet of the Match – Draw 1-1 at $5.50
Marseille v Red Bull Salzburg, Friday 27th April, 5.05am (AEDT)
These two sides have already met in the Europa League this season, as they played twice in the group stages. There was a solitary goal across both those occasions as they drew 0-0 in France and RB Salzburg grabbed a tight win 1-0 in Austria. So, expect this two leg affair to be a close fought contest with goals at a premium.
Marseille are stand out favourites though to advance to the Final over two legs priced at $1.61 and stand at $1.57 to win on the night. The French club have been far more competitive this year than in recent seasons as they look to regain a foothold at the top of European football.
RB Salzburg are looking to fly the flag for Austrian football as they look to break the stronghold of French, Italian, Spanish and English clubs in both European competitions. Impressive wins over Lazio and Borussia Dortmund so far, highlight how they cannot be taken lightly although they are priced at $5.50 to win the first leg and $2.20 to reach the Final. Marseille will be wary not to underestimate them.
Bet of the Match – Under 2.5 goals at $2.25
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