Arsenal Have A Mountain To Climb In Second Leg Of Europa League Clash With Atletico Madrid

The second leg of the Europa League semi-finals between Arsenal and Atletico Madrid takes place at the Wanda Metropolitano this Thursday evening during a relatively congested schedule for both teams.

Manchester United versus Arsenal used to be one of the most highly-anticipated and subsequently contested games of the Premier League calendar yet Sunday’s 2-1 loss at Old Trafford for Wenger’s men was universally acknowledged as being devoid of an atmosphere and real bite. The predominant focus- particularly with a team selection that had the youngest average age seen in the Premier League for six years- that is clearly on this second leg in Madrid for the North London team and for Wenger to win his last bit os silverware. Arsenal are currently 13/5 with betfred to qualify for the final.

Thursday 3rd May - 8.05pm OddsWon/LostBet
Atletico Madrid v Arsenal    
Tips Over 1.5 goals in the 2nd half    Best Bet @ 11 / 10  

With forward Alexandre Lacazette rested against Manchester United, there’s the hoping the revitalised French striker will make the impact against Atletico. He is 12/5 to get on the scoresheet in Spain as he did last week in North London. This goes out to 7/1 with BoyleSports with an Arsenal win. Aaron Ramsey has been turning up on the European stage on a regular basis and was also left out of the side at the weekend. He is also 5/1 with bet365 to score within the 90. The Gunners also haven’t failed to score since a group stage game against Red Star Belgrade at the beginning of November. There are also appeals for midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan to be given a start after scoring at the weekend. He is an outside bet to be found as last scorer with bet365 at 11/1.

Unfortunately for fans of the Gunners, their away form since the start of the year has been woeful, failing to pick up a single point on their travels in the domestic league. What exacerbates pessimism is that the Wanda Metropitano has been a virtual fortress; Atletico losing just once and that coming in the Copa Del Rey in 2018. However, this does not mean that they are invincible and they did however drop points for the first time in the recent bore-draw with Real Betis.
Match Odds:

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8/13 7/10 4/6 4/6 8/13 4/6 7/10 7/10
13/5 14/5 11/4 11/4 14/5 11/4 13/5 13/5
4 9/2 4 4 9/2 21/5 4 4

*Odds correct as of 22nd May, 14:12. Odds are subject to change.


Last week at the Emirates, Atletico were at risk of losing their heads with Juanfran stand-in Sime Vrsaljko being shown a second yellow after just ten minutes and manager Diego Simeone subsequently being sent to the stands. Gabi is the shortest-priced player to be carded first at 7/2 (BetVictor). Simeone will want an even-playing field this time around against a determined Arsenal who need an away goal. Over 1.5 goals in the second half is 11/10 (Coral).

Los Rojiblancos were overall considered extremely fortunate to get a result at the Emirates, which was predominantly due to Arsenal failings in front of goal. They have also thrown away a substantial lead for second with city-rivals Real, with just one La Liga win in four, to see the gap drop to four points with Los Blancos a game-in-hand.

How Arsenal must look on fawningly on the man Simeone has between the sticks. Jan Oblak provides the stability and instils the confidence into his backline and as certainly one of the best goalkeepers in the world has been a prominent reason for Atletico’s defensive prowess. Atletico to win to nil is 15/8 with BetVictor.

This should be an extremely tight game, judging on how the home side typically operates, and might not provide the excitement many a predicting. 0-1 goals is supported by Betfair at 9/4. A goalless stalemate would suit Atletico right down to the ground, and backing at HT/FT result of drawing in both halves is 21/5 (Ladbrokes)

Posted: Wednesday, 2nd May 2018
Author: Jack Porter

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