Previewing This Week’s Europa League Quarter-Final Matches
CSKA Moscow make the journey to London to face Arsenal on April 5th as the Gunners welcome the Russian Premier League outfit to the Emirates. Arsene Wenger’s side surprisingly eased past AC Milan during the previous round of the Europa League and they are heavily predicted to prevail during this first leg.
The hosts’ chances have been further increased by the timely return of Alexandre Lacazette who netted a late penalty during his side’s routine 3-0 success against Stoke on April 1st. They can be backed at 4/11 to take a lead to Moscow and are 21/20 with Ladbrokes to be winning at both half time and full time. The visitors surprised Ligue 1 side Lyon during the previous round and are always likely to be dangerous with Leicester loanee Ahmed Musa netting during that 3-2 success. He is 11/1 to score the first goal of the game. Another side who are heavily favoured and should benefit from home advantage is Atletico Madrid. Diego Simeone’s side host Sporting Lisbon at the Wanda Metropolitano on April 5th and are 2/7 favourites to prevail.
Boylesports are offering 20/23 for Atletico to win to nil. They have a tremendous defensive record and kept yet another clean sheet on April 1st against Deportivo La Coruna.
Marseille Hoping to Banish Away Day Blues in Leipzig
Prior to their 2-1 success in Bilbao, Marseille’s away record in the Europa League was uninspiring. December 2015 was the last time they’d tasted success on the road, which came against Slovan Liberec during the group stage of the competition. Rudi Garcia’s men have been much better away from home recently and they have every chance of securing something from this first leg.
Many punters may be wary of backing the Ligue 1 outfit in such an important game but, at 4/1, they provide some value in this tie. A safer option can be found in the double chance market where backing Marseille or a Draw is available at Evens with Paddy Power. This will keep two possible outcomes on your side.
The final Europa League first leg sees Salzburg make the trip to the Italian capital to face Lazio. The Austrians are 4/1 to spring a surprise on Simone Inzaghi’s men.