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Europa League tips: Arsenal and Atleti look like progressing in style

| 12.04.2018

The second legs of the Europa League quarter-finals take place across the continent this evening.

Two of the ties look all-but-sealed with the other two somewhat in the balance. But this is football we’re talking about and anything can happen.

We delve into the four last-eight ties and see if there are some good tips to be had…

CSKA Moscow v Arsenal

Unless Arsenal have an impressive meltdown, the Gunners should have few worries in the Russian capital.

Arsene Wenger’s side are 4-1 up from the first leg and on-course for the semi-finals. However, Wenger must not allow his side to be complacent. They were very loose at the Emirates and a better side would have punished them.

The Russians were a rabble defensively in London and lost to Dinamo Moscow on Monday. Arsenal are even-money to win.

Danny Welbeck scored twice in the win over Southampton and will start here in place of the injured Henrikh Mkhitaryan. He’s 13/10 to find the net Anytime.

Marseille v RB Leipzig

Marseille are 1-0 down to the Bundesliga high-flyers Leipzig in the second leg at the Stade Velodrome.

OM have a bit of a defensive injury crisis with Rolando a big doubt, plus Adil Rami and Steve Mandanda absent through injury. Key midfielder Florian Thauvin is another major worry.

However, Rudi Garcia’s side have yet to lose at home in the competition this season. Leipzig have scored in all but one of their five European matches away from home this term. So we should expect to see both sides find the net here.

Both Teams To Score is 8/15, while Over 2.5 Goals 4/6, and Over 3.5 Goals is 8/5. An away goal from Leipzig could see Marseille crumble.

The German outfit are 9/5 to win.

Red Bull Salzburg v Lazio

Lazio are in a commanding possession heading into their second leg with Salzburg in Austria.

The Serie A outfit are 4-2 up from the first leg and have looked so impressive domestically and in Europe all season.

Head coach Simone Inzaghi has practically no injury worries to deal with and should play a very strong side.

Salzburg are no mugs, however. Marco Rose’s side are unbeaten at home this season and have kept clean sheets in 14 of their last 17 matches at home.

But Lazio have the quality – and the lead – to exploit Salzburg on the counter. The Biancocelesti don’t need to win. But they tend to play an attacking style no matter what.

They’re 19/10 to win the second leg.

Sporting Lisbon v Atletico Madrid

2-0 up from the first leg in Madrid, Atletico look all-but-through against Sporting CP.

The Portuguese outfit will have to battle against the odds without Fabio Coentrao and top scorer Bas Dost. William Carvalho is also a big doubt in midfield.

As usual, the Atleti team practically picks itself. Only Felipe Luis is ruled out through injury. Diego Simeone’s side will take zero chances in this return leg.

The La Liga outfit are 5/6 for the win over 90-minutes. Antoine Griezmann scored against Sporting at the Metropolitano and then followed that up with the equaliser against Real Madrid in the derby.

The France international is 11/10 to score Anytime and 14/5 to be First Goalscorer.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing



Cian Carroll

Starting life as a football columnist for his local paper in Dundalk, Cian has written for a number of media outlets with pieces published in The Birmingham Mail and Spain’s El Mundo Deportivo. A lover of football, GAA, boxing, rugby and MMA, he’s a big Aston Villa and Dundalk fan. He can be regularly spotted on various mountain tops.