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Hannover v Atletico Madrid: draw to send Spaniards through

| 05.04.2012

Atletico Madrid’s away form domestically has been almost terrible this season, but they can get the draw they require at Hannover at 12/5 to send them through to the Europa League semi finals.

Madrid have triumphed just twice on the road in the current La Liga campaign, which is a primary reason they sit seventh in their league standings.

Therefore, they will have every incentive to qualify, with a second Europa League tournament victory in three seasons potentially looking their best hope of playing in Europe again next season.

The chances of Diego Simeone’s men are given a major boost by the availability of playmaker Diego, whosuccessfully started the victory over Getafe over the weekend after returning from injury.

He is in line to start again and a tempting 8/1 to score the opener, given that he already has four career goals against Hannover.

Atletico are 7/5 to be inspired by Diego to victory and despite their domestic results, they have won their last eight fixtures in the Europa League.

However, they are travelling to a Hannover team that have never lost a home game in UEFA competition.

Meanwhile, Hannover will have fond memories of Spanish opposition in the competition, having already surprised Sevilla in the final qualification round this season.

Hannover are also unbeaten in their last 22 home games in all competitions, winning seven of their last eight.

It is 15/8 in the Europa League odds that Hannover beat Madrid and this is imperative of they want to qualify after losing the first leg of the quarter final 2-1 in Spain.

Given that Atletico have stuck three past Lazio and Besiktas in their last two Europa League away games and Hannover have scored in 14 of their last 15 encounters, there may be a temptation to back the 3-3 draw at 50/1.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.