Arsenal vs. Atletico Madrid – the Final from the Semi-Finals
The Premier League side, Arsenal were very unlucky to be drawn against former winners Atletico Madrid. Both clubs belong in Champions League but that doesn’t mean they will not fight to win the trophy and earn a Champions League spot for the next year. The Gunners did well to secure the 4-1 lead from the 1st leg against CSKA but failed to win in Russia being held to a 2-2 draw. Diego Simeone’s side, Atletico Madrid held a 2-0 lead from the 1st leg but were very close to get knocked-out losing 1-0 in Portugal against Sporting and being dominated all match long. Their outstanding organized defense is their best weapon and they conceded just 15 goals in 31 La Liga matches this season. Arsenal’s only chance to play in Champions League next year is to win the competition as they are likely to finish the Premier League season out of top 4 being 13 points behind 4th-placed Tottenham with 6 matches to go till the end of this term. The Gunners manager Arsene Wenger’s future at the club could depend on his side beating Atletico Madrid and advance in the finals. His players believe that winning the Europa League trophy can save their poor season and help their manager to secure his job. Arsenal are priced at 4.33 with PaddyPower to win the trophy while Atletico are huge favourites being priced at 2.25 with WilliamHill.
Marseille vs. Salzburg
Rudi Garcia’s side, Marseille overturned the 1-0 1st leg defeat against the Bundesliga side RB Leipzig, winning 5-2 in front of their fans in a memorable match in which their star players Dimitri Payet and Florian Thauvin performed at their highest level helping their team to reach the semifinals. Salzburg are the surprise package of the competition, they’ve got some talented players but are the least likely to win the trophy being priced at 7.5 with BetVictor. They’ve pulled-off a shocking upset overturning the 4-2 defeat from the 1st leg against Serie A’s Lazio to win 4-1 on their turf and qualify in the semifinals. They’ve lost just 2 matches in their last 38 fixtures in all competition. The Europa League final will be hosted by France’s 3rd largest city, Lyon so more reasons for Marseille to qualify in the final and play it in their country and on their rivals stadium. Salzburg are the 1st Austrian side to reach a European semi-final since 1996 and are now unbeaten in 25 home matches in all competitions this season. The 2 sides faced each other in the group stage with Salzburg winning 1-0 in front of their fans and keeping Marseille to a goalless draw in France. Both teams are scoring goals for fun and we expect some high-scoring affairs in both legs.