Previewing This Week’s Europa League Semi-Final Matches – April 26th
Date: April 26, 2018
Arsenal have been handed a tough-looking Europa League draw with tournament favourites Atletico Madrid standing in-between the Gunners and a place in the final. The first leg takes place at the Emirates on April 26th.
Arsene Wenger has announced that he will be stepping down at the end of the campaign and many believe that Europa League success would be the perfect way to end his 22-year tenure in the North London.
It’s a tough ask for the Gunners, although they’ve already beaten AC Milan and CSKA Moscow in the knock-out rounds. They will be buoyed by the news that Diego Costa will miss the first game through injury although the former Chelsea striker should return for the second leg at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Diego Simeone’s side have a good record in European competitions and are Champions League-regulars. They are extremely tough to beat and many are predicting that they will head back to the Spanish capital with at least a draw.
Bet365 make it 12/5 to finish all square at the Emirates in this first leg. Atleti were defeated 1-0 in Portugal during the away leg of their quarter-final match but still managed to progress. They’ve only conceded three times so far in the competition but Arsenal’s attacking philosophy and leaky defence could make it a high-scoring game.
RB Salzburg Aiming to Surprise Marseille
RB Salzburg have been one of the surprise packages of the tournament so far and their progression to the final four has already seen them knock-out Serie A giants Lazio and Borussia Dortmund.
The Austrian side travel to France for the first leg of their semi-final clash and face yet another tough task against Marseille. They are always a threat in front of goal and another high-scoring game is surely in prospect. It’s 13/20 for Over 2.5 Goals and 13/8 for Over 3.5 Goals. They put six goals past Lazio in the previous round whilst Marseille won 5-2 here against RB Leipzig, which helped seal their place in the semi-final.