Previewing This Week’s Europa League Quarter-Final Second Legs
There are four places in the Europa League semi-finals up for grabs with the competition serving up another four fascinating games on April 12th.
Arsenal’s task looks relatively straightforward in the Russian capital, although the Gunners cannot afford to be complacent. The Premier League side can be backed at 19/20 with Ladbrokes but the draw is the likeliest outcome and that’s available at 5/2. Arsene Wenger can afford to shuffle his pack in this second leg although Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who netted against Southampton at the weekend is ineligible to play in this competition.
CSKA, who were defeated by their city rivals Dynamo Moscow on Monday must start brightly as they aim to rescue their diminishing Europa League hopes. Their desperation is likely to lead to a high-scoring affair and Over 2.5 Goals is 8/13 with Boylesports and looks a realistic possibility in this game.
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Atletico Madrid are another side who built up a comfortable lead from the first leg, although they are likely to be disappointed that they weren’t able to take further advantage of some sloppy defending from the visitors. It was a forgettable night for Sporting Lisbon who gifted the La Liga side two goals and didn’t offer much of a threat at the other end of the pitch. Diego Simeone’s side are the 5/6 favourites in the second leg and they should be able to secure their place in the next round fairly easily.
Marseille Will Look to Use Home Advantage Against Leipzig
Timo Werner scored the only goal of the game as RB Leipzig ran out 1-0 winners against Marseille on April 5th. Rudi Garcia’s side must overturn that narrow advantage and they have been priced up as the 6/5 favourites. The Ligue 1 side have been excellent at Stade Velodrome this season and they are expected to prove superior in front of their own fans once again.
The French outfit will be optimistic about their chances of reaching the semi-finals after putting in a decent display in Germany. Dimitri Payet, who missed a glorious chance during the first leg is a standout price of 8/1 with Boylesports to net the first goal of the game.
Lazio survived a couple of scares during the first leg of their quarter-final with Salzburg and the Italian side will probably feel that they’ve done enough to merit a place in the final four.
The hosts are extremely dangerous and have goals in their side. They are 5/4 to beat Simone Inzaghi’s side in the second leg and are fancied to make it an uncomfortable night for the Serie A outfit.
Both sides showed tremendous attacking intent during the first leg and Both Teams to Score? Yes is priced at 4/7.