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13th April 2018 / lee
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The Gunners got the worst draw out of the hat that they could have received in the Europa League semi finals. They get to take on the challenge of tournament outright favourites Atletico to book a place in the final. Arsenal have been targeting success in the tournament as a route back to the UEFA Champions League next season, but they are underdogs against the Spaniards. That leaves Marseille to take on Salzburg in the other semi final.

Europa League Winner Odds*

Atletico Madrid 11/10, Arsenal 3/1, Marseille 7/2, Salzburg 6/1* (betting odds taken at 7:17 p.m. on April 13th, 2018)

Marseille v Salzburg

To Qualify: Marseille 7/10, Salzburg 21/20 at bet365* (betting odds taken at 7:17 p.m. on April 13th, 2018)
First leg 26 April, Second leg 3 May; all kick-off times 8:05 p.m.

This should be pretty entertaining between them judged on the comebacks that they both had to pull out in their respective quarter final games. Marseille were 1-0 down after the away the first leg in their tie against Bundesliga side and then the French side conceded first back at home in the second leg. But in a thrilling game, Marseille came back to go 3-2 ahead on aggregate, before Leipzig pulled back an equaliser. That left the Germans in control with away goals, but former West Ham man Dimitri Payet got Marseille back in front before Hiroki Sakai got a fifth for them on the night.

So while Marseille had to fight back, Salzburg’s had one too and it was even bigger and better. They were already down from the first leg at Lazio, they had it all to down. Then they fell 1-0 down in the second leg with Lazio’s Ciro Immobile netting his eighth goal of the campaign to put the Italians 5-2 up on aggregate. It looked all over at the point. But in the European season of comebacks, this was epic. Just a minute after Lazio had taken the lead the second leg (in the second half too), Salzburg equalled on the night and then in a crazy five-minute spell between the 72nd and 76th minutes, RB Salzburg rattled off three goals to take a 6-5 aggregate lead and that’s how it stayed.

Salzburg and Marseille have already battled it out this season as they were together print the group stage of the Europa League. From that, Salzburg came out on top with four points from a home win and an away draw. Salzburg have lost just one of their last 21 European games now.

Arsenal v Atletico Madrid

To Qualify: Atletico Madrid 4/9, Arsenal 13/8 at bet365* (betting odds taken at 7:17 p.m. on April 13th, 2018)

First leg 26 April, Second leg 3 May; all kick-off times 8:05 p.m.

Arsenal will go into their first ever matches against Atletico Madrid and this is tough for them. The Spaniards are the favourites to win the tournament outing and they are in the semi finals after edging their way 2-1 on aggregate past Sporting in the last round. Atletico had won 2-0 at home in the first leg, before sweating it out a bit in the second. The loss in the second leg was their first defeat in this season’s Europa League.

Atletico have met English opposition this season as they went up against Chelsea in the Champions League group stage, losing at home and playing out a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge. Atletico, who have won the Europa League twice, have won 22 of their last 26 games in the competition.

Arsenal took a 4-1 lead with them to Russia to face CSKA Moscow in the second leg of their quarter-final tie. The Gunners were rocked as the Russians found themselves 2-0 up on home soil, needing just one more to take control of the tie on away goals. They couldn’t come up with that third goal of the game though, instead, it went to Arsenal to give themselves a bit of breathing space thanks to Danny Welbeck before Aaron Ramsey gave the Gunners a 2-2 tie on the night and a 6-3 aggregate win. They were under pressure though.

The Gunners are the top scorers in his season’s competition with 29 goals and have won more (8) than anyone else.


Atletico Madrid are a well organised, tough, physical and talented side and they may just have too much in their toolbox for Arsenal to compete with. Salzburg pulled off that stunning comeback in the quarter finals, and they have shown a real eye for goal this season. They have already gotten the better of Marseille this season and look pretty fearless, so back the Austrians.

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