Europa League Semi-Finals 1st Leg Tips

Gabe Morency

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 12:12 AM UTC

Wednesday, Apr. 25, 2018 12:12 AM UTC

Arsenal vs. Atletico Madrid Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has announced few days ago he will be leaving at the end of this season after almost 22 years in charge. Winning the Europa League trophy and earning.
<p></p><h3>Arsenal vs. Atletico Madrid</h3> Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has announced few days ago he will be leaving at the end of this season after almost 22 years in charge. Winning the Europa League trophy and earning a Champions League place for his side will be the perfect exit. Arsenal’s race for a top 4 Premier League finish is over, so their only chance to qualify in Europe’s premier club competition is winning Europa League. They were unlucky to be drawn against La Liga giants Atletico Madrid, but we expect them to give it a good go and perform at their highest level in both legs. Atletico are very organized and difficult side to break down, having the best defensive record in La Liga with just 18 goals conceded in 34 rounds. They will be happy with a draw game before going to the Wanda Metropolitano for the decider next week.<p></p><p>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_oiP6_RLJk&amp;feature=youtu.be</p><p>Atletico’s recent form is poor in winning just 1 of their last 5 fixtures in all competitions, losing twice in the process. Arsenal star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is ineligible for this competition but it seems like Alexandre Lacazette found his shape scoring 2 goals in his last 3 matches. Atletico were on a 6-match winning streak away from home in Europa League before losing in Portugal against Sporting in the last knock-out stage. Both sides are defensively struggling in recent weeks, so we expect goals from both sides. Arsenal have scored in 12 of their last 14 fixtures on their turf in all competitions netting 38 goals in the process, averaging 2.7 goals scored per match. We expect a thrilling match in which Arsenal should risk more and try to win the 1st leg.</p><p><strong>Best pick for the match:</strong> Both teams to score at 1.8 with Unibet. </p><h3>Marseille vs. Salzburg</h3> Marseille are enjoying a great season in both Ligue 1 and Europa League. They are fighting Lyon and Monaco for a top 2 finish in their domestic league, which will earn them a direct spot in the Champions League group stages. Marseille’s attacking firepower has gone from great to amazing this season. They are scoring goals – they’ve netted 13 goals in their last 3 fixtures in all competition including a brilliant 5-2 home win over RB Leipzig in the quarter-finals 2nd leg. Salzburg are the positive surprise of the competition as they were never expected to make it this far. Knocking out Dortmund and overturning the 1st leg 4-2 defeat against Lazio to book their place in the semi-finals was fantastic.<p></p><p>The hosts have lost just 2 home games in all competitions all season and we expect them to extend this amazing run of form. They will be eager to qualify in the finals and to play that match on Lyon’s Stadium. The visitors have scored in 6 of their 7 away matches in Europa League this season so this match will not be a walk in the park for Marseille. We expect a high-scoring affair between 2 attacking-sides.</p><p><strong>Best pick for the match:</strong> Marseille to win and over 2.5 goals in the match at 2.3 with Coral.</p>
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