This is not the draw that the Gunners wanted but if they can get through this tie then they will be favourites to lift the Europa League this season. That is their goal as that gives them a route into the Champions League next season. But they are going to be up against it against the tough Atletico Madrid who are the tournament outright favourites. Can Arsenal land a blow against the Spaniards?
Arsenal 6/4, Atletico Madrid 17/10, Draw 12/5* (Betting Odds taken at 3:24 p.m. on April 20th, 2018)
Arsenal were given a scare in the quarter finals as CSKA Moscow came back at them hard in the second leg. But the Premier League survived and now have a tougher task ahead in the final four. Arsenal won four of their six group stage matches this season before rattled against Swedish minnows Ostersund in the round of 32. But they did put things together really well in the quarter-finals as they took out AC Milan. The Gunners are W10 D7 L14 from previous games against Spanish opposition and at home from their fourteen games are W8 D3 L3 against Spanish opponents. The Gunners have played nine two-legged UEFA ties against Spanish sides before, winning five, but losing the last three. Their most recent meeting with a Spanish side was against Barcelona in the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League. Arsenal were on an eight-match undefeated streak of European home form (W6 D2) before losing against Ostersund. But their last two home games in Europe they have produced a 3-1 win over AC Milan and a 4-1 success over CSKA. Over 2.5 goals at bet365 in this one is at 43/40 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 3:24 p.m. on April 20th, 2018). Before beating AC Milan, the Gunners had lost each of their previous six European home games in the spring.
Atletico weren’t without some jangling nerves in the quarter finals either. They were up against Iberian rivals Sporting and after a 2-0 home win in the first leg, Atleti had to sweat out in the reverse fixture, losing 1-0 away in the second. That tie came after they had dropped down from the Champions League this season, and getting past FC Copenhagen and Lokomotiv Moscow easily enough in their first two rounds of Europa League action. Atleti were on a seven-match winning streak away from home in the UEFA Europa League before that loss at Sporting in the last round. Atlético’s record in 27 matches against English clubs is W10 D11 L6 and they have won seven of their nine previous two-legged contests against English opposition. The Spaniards have only managed two wins from twelve visits to England though (D7 L4). The 1-1 draw in the bet365 correct score market is at 11/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 3:24 p.m. on April 20th, 2018) and there is a trend as their last two games in England have ended with that scoreline, against Chelsea and Leicester. Atlético’s overall record in 14 UEFA competition semi-final ties is W8 L6 winning four of their last five. However, there has been just four wins in their last 14 away legs of UEFA semi-final ties. With Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa, they have the power to trouble the Arsenal back line.
This will be the first-ever meeting between Arsenal and Atletico Madrid in UEFA competition.
A draw doesn’t seem to be too far out of the question here. Atletico are such a well organised and solid side that they should be able to hold their own in London. Arsenal’s strengths are clearly at home, so settle for a share of the spoils in this first encounter.
23rd April 2018 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
The Gunners misfired last weekend throwing away a lead at Newcastle to end up suffering a defeat. That was a huge blow to their hopes of finishing in the top five this season. They get back to home soil this weekend as they face a West Ham side who narrowly avoided defeat at home on Monday night. The Hammers found themselves trailing relegation-threatened Stoke before Andy Carroll popped up with a late equaliser to save their blushes.
Arsenal 1/2, Draw 13/4, West Ham 24/5* (Betting Odds taken at 4:25 p.m. on April 16th, 2018)
The Gunners slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Newcastle last weekend after having taken the lead in the match. That snapped a three-match winning streak that they were on. But it just another part of their poor away season that they have had. They are on a three-match winning streak at home and have won five of their last six at the Emirates (L1) the loss in that sequence happening against Manchester City. Arsenal’s overall home form for the season is W13 D2 L2 and they have scored at least three goals in five of their last six on home soil. As Arsenal have been leading at half time so often at home this season then an Arsenal/Arsenal half-time/ full-time bet with Coral at 13/10 odds should appeal* (Betting Odds taken at 4:25 p.m. on April 16th, 2018). The Gunners have scored well at home this term with 45 goals in their 17 games and 76% of their home fixtures have made it above the 2.5 goal line. Each of their last eight at the Emirates have done so. They have actually collected a clean sheet in 47% of their home games as well.
The Hammers rescued a late point at home against Stoke on Monday night thanks to Andy Carroll. That left them in a pretty good spot, seven points clear of the drop zone. They are now on a three-match unbeaten streak of form in the top flight (W1 D2), with their last two both being 1-1 draws. Their away form will be a little bit of a concern for them though as they have taken only the one point from their last four road games, but that was in a good draw at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea in their last road game. West Ham have collected only one clean sheet in their last six games so are going to get exposed at the back and overall they have only won twice on their travels this season in a W2 D6 L9 record. Both teams to score with Coral is at 4/7 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 4:25 p.m. on April 16th, 2018) and the Irons have scored in each of their last nine away games, with exactly one in each of their last four. So it may be worth backing them to get on the scoresheet even if the final result doesn’t go their way. An Arsenal 2-1 correct score option at Coral is at 7/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 4:25 p.m. on April 16th, 2018). It’s just about grinding to the end of the season now for the Hammers to ensure they hold on to their safety.
The Gunners were held to a 0-0 draw at West Ham earlier this season in the league but they did also meet up with the Hammers in the EFL Cup in December, with Arsenal taking a 1-0 home win. The Gunners have three straight clean sheets against West Ham in all competitions now and they are unbeaten in their last five against them (W4D1). Arsenal are on a nine-match undefeated streak at home against West Ham in the league, scoring exactly three goals in each of their last four.
The Gunners have been good enough at home this season to suggest that they can win out in this London derby. They have a higher priority in winning the UEFA Europa League this season but still, they should collect three home points, but back both teams to score.
19th April 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
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.
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)
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.
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.
13th April 2018 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
The Gunners have hit a purple patch of form with a three-match winning streak under their belt as they head to Tyneside on Sunday. They can keep up the pressure on fifth-placed Chelsea with a three-point haul in this one. They may have a scrap on their hands though as the Magpies have also won their last three games.
Arsenal 11/10, Newcastle 9/4, Draw 5/2* (Betting Odds taken at 00:33 p.m. on April 10th, 2018)
The Magpies have won three straight league games for the second time this season so can be pleased with their work and look totally safe from relegation now. Their winning streak has been produced against Southampton, Huddersfield and Leicester and so this will be a tougher game for them. However, they have won their last three at home and are unbeaten in six on Tyneside (W3 D3). Among those wins was a 1-0 success over Manchester United in mid-February. Actually, five of Newcastle’s six home wins this season have been with a clean sheet. Under 2.5 goals at bet365 is a good 43/40 odds option* (Betting Odds taken at 3:55 p.m. on April 10th, 2018) just because the Magpies look as if they could hold on defensively at the moment. They have four clean sheets in their last six home fixtures. Goals haven’t been all that easy to come by for them and as they averaged just a goal per game on home soil, but they have scored in each of their last five at St James’ Park. They have conceded at under a goal per game on average so again, this may not be a free-scoring fixture. Newcastle would be delighted with a point out of this you would imagine.
Like Newcastle, Arsenal have hit a purple patch of form with three-match winning streak going. They were all home games though and if you look just at their away form, it’s not good. They are on a four-match losing streak on their travels, their most recent being a 2-1 loss at Brighton in early March. Overall this season Arsenal have only produced a W3 D4 L8 record away from the Emirates which is really poor by their standards. They have only come up with the sixteen goals in fifteen away games as well, and that is another indicator that this could be tight. In the bet365 correct score market the 1-1 draw is a nice 6/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 3:55 p.m. on April 10th, 2018) option to consider. Two-thirds of their goals scored and two-thirds of their goals conceded away from home this season have all been in the second half of fixtures. Seven times this season they have been at 0-0 at half time away from home so a half-time draw should appeal. The Gunners are without a clean sheet in their last six road games now and are winless in five on the road.
Arsenal have won the last three Premier League games against Newcastle all by a 1-0 scoreline. They are on a massive ten-match winning streak against the Magpies at the moment and six of those have been to nil. Seven of those ten victories in the sequence were won by a one-goal margin only by the Gunners. Arsenal are on a four-match winning streak at St James’ Park in the league.
Newcastle to win: The Gunners had extra work in midweek to get through in the Europa League, and that could work against them. Newcastle are carrying solid home from now and the Magpies just may be worth having a flutter on to break Arsenal’s winning streak.
12th April 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Arsenal makes the long trip to Russia on Thursday night trying to close out the deal and book themselves a place in the semifinals of the Europa League. They are in the driving seat as they have a 4-1 advantage in the tie. So what kind of recovery powers do CSKA Moscow have on home soil and how important will that away goal they netted at the Emirates be in their quest to try and make it to the final four?
Arsenal 10/11, CSKA Moscow 13/5, Draw 11/4* (Betting Odds taken at 10:22 p.m. on April 8th, 2018)
Arsenal holds a 4-1 lead in the tie after all goals cropped up in the first half of action last week at the Emirates. Will that away goal prove costly against them? Aaron Ramsey popped up with a brace for the Gunners and Arsenal have won six of their last seven away games in Europe now. Their only blemish there was at Cologne in this season’s group stage. Arsenal holds a W6 L5 in the quarter finals of European competitions but they have lost four of their last six (all in the Champions League). Each time that they did prevail through a quarter-final tie, they avoided defeat out on the road in the tie. Of the five occasions where they didn’t make it through a quarter-final tie, they lost four of them (D1). Still, they should have a nice enough cushion to not throw this away from such a strong position. Arsenal have won 15 of their 17 previous two-legged ties in Europe after having won the first leg at home. In the bet365 correct score market the shortest priced option is the 1-1 draw at 6/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 10:22 p.m. on April 8th, 2018) and that leaves the Gunners comfortable enough. This is just simply about game management for them now, but they have never won in Russia.
CSKA have lost two of their three previous European two-legged ties having lost the first leg away from home. This is an uphill battle for them now though and this is their first berth in the quarter finals of the Europa League. This will be the third appearance in the quarter-final of a European competition though, having won one and lost one of their previous two. CSKA Moscow were in the Champions League group stage this season but dropped down here. They suffered a heavy home loss against Manchester United in that group stage. Both teams to score at bet365 should have some appeal as they do have to come forward and press. Plus five of Arsenal’s last six European matches have gone above the 2.5 goal line. CSKA Moscow had a big derby game against Dinamo Moscow on Monday, April 9th, so won’t be as fresh as Arsenal will be for this one. But then the Gunner have a long trip to deal with. In their two Europa league home games this season the Russians took a 1-0 success over Red Star Belgrade before losing 1-0 against Lyon. CSKA Moscow have won just two of their last ten European home games (D3 L5).
Before this, the two were together in the 2006/07 UEFA Champions League group stage, with CSKA Moscow winning 1-0 at home and drawing 0-0 at the Emirates. CSKA’s record against English opposition is W3 D5 L12 and they have failed to win any of their last six home games against Premier League opposition. Overall they are W2 D2 L5 at home against English opponents. Arsenal’s record in Russia is a D1 L3 and overall are W3 D2 L4 against Russian opposition
Will Arsenal have any nervy moments in this one as they look to make it through to the semi-finals? Probably not. CSKA aren’t a great side really and Arsenal are likely going to sit back to a degree. Just settle on the draw as this is a hard game to read.
10th April 2018 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
Arsenal v Southampton Premier League Preview, 8th April 2.15pm
Southampton can’t seem to pull themselves out of their relegation problems and after getting stuffed at West Ham last weekend, things are looking pretty dire for the Saints at the moment. They start the weekend two points away from safety. Arsenal played at home in front of a low attendance as they toiled to beat Stoke last weekend. More of the same will probably be expected.
Arsenal 8/15, Draw 10/3, Southampton 9/2* (Betting Odds taken at 8:53 p.m. on April 2nd, 2018)
The Gunners start the weekend five points behind fifth-placed Chelsea, so there is a still a chance that they could nab the UEFA Europa League place for next season. Their bigger focus is on this season’s Europa League though as that offers a route into next season’s’ Champions League, the only way that the Gunners are going to get there. Arsenal have won their last two games in the top flight now, both 3-0 home wins over Watford and Stoke. So things are settled again at the Emirates and Arsenal have a powerful W12 D2 L2 record there this season. They have won four of their last five there and scored at least three goals in each of those victories as well. In the bet365 correct score market an Arsenal 2-0 success is the shortest priced option at 15/2 with a 3-0 result at 12/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 7:35 p.m. on April 3rd, 2018). Each of Arsenal’s last seven home games in the top flight have all gone over 2.5 goals and 75% in total this season have made it over the mark. Southampton aren’t likely to contribute too much in this one you would imagine though.
The Saints start the weekend in the drop zone and a 3-0 hammering at West Ham last weekend was a big hammer blow to them. They have lost their last two games now 3-0 and have put together a five-match winless streak. Away from home they have lost their last two and they have failed to net in their last two. They have only managed the one goal in last five games home and away in total. Their away form is W2 D6 L7 this season on the road. They have only come up with the thirteen away goals away from St Marys this season which is an average of just 0.87 per game. They have conceded at an average rate of 1.75 per game and four of their seven away defeats away from home have been by a margin of at least three goals. They are without a clean sheet in any of their last five away games now in the top flight. Only three teams have earned fewer points than Southampton have done in their last eight games. Both teams not to score is at 21/20 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds taken at 7:35 p.m. on April 3rd, 2018) and not bad value.
There was a 1-1 draw between these two down on the South Coast earlier this season and that leaves Arsenal undefeated in four league games against Southampton now (W2 D2). In the last seven Premier League meetings, Arsenal are W3 D2 L2 against Southampton. The Gunners will be defending an unbeaten home record the Saints in the Premier League.
Arsenal should have enough about them to get a win in this one and it will probably to nil as well. Southampton are just sadly lacking an edge at the moment and even though Arsenal had extra work to do in midweek, they still look value for a win.
5th April 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
With Arsenal’s winless record in Russia, the Gunners could do with rolling out a home win in this first leg of their quarter-final clash with CSKA Moscow. This is the last chance of silverware for the Gunners this season so there is no taking their eye off the ball. Moscow collected a 0-0 draw on their last visit to North London, they’d probably be happy with a repeat of that.
Arsenal 1/3, Draw 15/4, CSKA Moscow 10/1* (Betting Odds taken at 7:38 p.m. on April 2nd, 2018)
The Gunners need a positive to carry forward with them to Russia. They were on an eight-match undefeated streak of European form (W6 D2) until they lost against Ostersund in the round of 32. However, they turned out a much better performance to beat AC Milan in the last round, taking a 3-1 success over the Italians. That victory over AC Milan actually snapped a six-match losing streak of European games in the spring at home for Arsenal. They haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their last seven European knockout stage matches at the Emirates though. Still, things are getting down to the nitty gritty now of the tournament and this is likely to be cagey so under 2.5 goals at 43/40 with bet365* (Betting Odds taken at 7:38 p.m. on April 2nd, 2018) looks a decent proposition.
Arsenal’s record in UEFA competition quarter-final ties is W6 L5, but they have lost four of their last six. The Gunners are carrying a bit of form as they have put together a four-match winning streak in all competitions. Danny Welbeck and Alexandre Lacazette are the 10/3 first goalscorer joint-favourites. The Gunners have a W2 D2 L4 record overall against Russian sides but at home, it is a positive W2 D2 L1. As for CSKA Moscow, their record against English sides is pretty woeful at W3 D5 L11. They are on a five-match losing streak now against Premier Leagues (home and away).
CSKA Moscow’s record in England is W1 D3 L5 with the sole success they’re happening at Man City in the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League, despite finishing bottom of the group. They went to Old Trafford in this season’s Champions League group stage and lost 2-1 to Manchester United. CSKA have won all three of their domestic league games in 2018 (only recently back after their winter break). They have collected five victories in seven away games in Europe this season, their only loss that defeat at Old Trafford. So they have a bit of form and they have won six of their last nine Europa League away games specifically (D2 L1). They are likely to give Arsenal a good test and they are a side who can battle away and both teams not to score at bet365 is at 7/10 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 7:38 p.m. on April 2nd, 2018). They wouldn’t be unhappy with a repeat of their 0-0 draw from their last visit the Emirates.
Prior to this season, the only time that Arsenal and CSKA Moscow were together was in the 2006/07 UEFA Champions League group stage. There was a 0-0 draw between them in North London, making CSKA Moscow the first side to take a clean sheet at the Emirates. That draw came after the Premier League side had lost 1-0 in Moscow.
This will likely be a low scoring game now. Things are going to be a little cagey this late on into the tournament. The Russians will probably try and dig in there, but on the evidence of how well Arsenal did against AC Milan in the last round, the Gunners can take it. Arsenal to win and under 2.5 goals.
3rd April 2018 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
It is that time of the season once again, where you can start looking ahead to what may be to come next season. This year’s Premier League title has looked like a foregone conclusion for most of the way, with Manchester City running rampant. While we still have the rest of the domestic action, the Champions League and of course the World Cup in the summer to think about betting on, City have been priced up as favourites for next season’s Premier League title.
Bet365 have installed Pep Guardiola’s men as the 4/6 outright favourites* (betting odds taken at 11:14 p.m. on March 27th, 2018) to successfully defend their title next season. They have made it look so easy in this season’s Premier League, no-one even getting close to matching their power and consistency in what could be a record-breaking season for them that is it hard to see them having it all fall down anytime soon.
At those 4/6 odds* (betting odds taken at 11:14 p.m. on March 27th, 2018) offered by Bet365, it implies that Man City have a staggering 60% chance of winning the Premier League title next season as well. If they were to successfully deliver a title defence, then they would be the first team to do so since rivals Manchester United pulled it off in the 2007/08 season.
Manchester United have been priced up at 6/1 odds* (betting odds taken at 11:14 p.m. on March 27th, 2018) making them third-favourites in the title race for next season, which is only a 14% chance that they will top the pile at the end of the season. Things have turned a little bit sour under Jose Mourinho this season and could need a shakeup in the summer. Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are sandwiched between the two Manchester clubs at 5/1 odds* (betting odds taken at 11:14 p.m. on March 27th, 2018) which means that are expected to be City’s closest challenge.
But Liverpool could find themselves with a big problem on their hands in the summer and that is holding on to the free-scoring Mo Salah as clubs like PSG and Real Madrid are bound to come knocking on the door for him. It is hard to know what situation Chelsea are going to be in next season with rumours that Antonio Conte could be parting ways with the club after some setbacks this season. The Blues are priced up as 10/1 shots* (betting odds taken at 11:14 p.m. on March 27th, 2018) to get the Premier League title next season and with Willian and Eden Hazard likely to be in hot demand, it could be a long way back to the top for Chelsea.
Once again under Mauricio Pochettino Spurs have been the epitome of style, but on top of their missed chances in recent seasons of winning the league and more failure this season in that regard, they have been priced out at 14/1 odds* (betting odds taken at 11:14 p.m. on March 27th, 2018). But it is a lot shorter than the 25/1 odds* (betting odds taken at 11:14 p.m. on March 27th, 2018) that bet365 have priced up Arsenal at. to win the league next season.
Outside of the traditional big six, the ones deemed most likely to do a “Leicester” and pull out a surprise title are Sam Allardyce’s’ Everton at 200/1 odds* (betting odds taken at 11:14 p.m. on March 27th, 2018) and yes, Leicester themselves at 300/1* (betting odds taken at 11:14 p.m. on March 27th, 2018).
28th March 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Arsenal have lost four of their last six league games but they should have a winnable match on their hands in this one. The Gunners have been good enough at home this season to suggest that they can take down the struggling Stoke. The Potters start weekend second from bottom and they are now in desperate need of points.
Arsenal 1/3, Draw 4/1, Stoke 8/1* (Betting Odds taken at 03:42 p.m. on March 27th, 2018)
The Gunners may well have had their troubles this season by they have been reliable on home soil for large part of things. They have produced a W11 D2 L2 record this season at the Emirates in the Premier League and have won three of their last four there, the failure to do so in that sequence being a loss against Man City. Arsenal have returned 2.6 goals per game on average at home this season in the top flight and so they do look as if they would be comfortable in this one. In the bet365 correct score market an Arsenal 2-0 is a good solid option at 7/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 03:42 p.m. on March 27th, 2018). They have won 46% of their home games to nil so that would be another good route to go down. Also, each of their last six at the Emirates have produced at least three goals, so there could even be a high scoring game on the cards for this one. Arsenal produced 3-0 success over Watford in their last home game just before the international break. Pierre Emerick Aubameyang has two goals in his last three league home games for the Gunners.
The Potters have produced a seven match winless streak of form which has kept them down in the relegation zone and in some considerable trouble. They pick things up after the break having lost their last two games. Their away form for the season is just horrendous and it would be a massive shock if they beat the odds to produce a win in this one. The Potters are W1 D5 L9 out on their travels, but they have drawn the last two. They look very light going forward and have failed to score in two of their last three fixtures and have produced only the two goals in total across their last five road games. Stoke have come up with just the twelve away goals all season and have collected a clean sheet in just 13% of their away fixtures. 61% of the goals they have conceded away from home have been in the second half of matches. Both teams not to score at bet365 is at 19/20 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 03:42 p.m. on March 27th, 2018). They are likely going to be going home empty handed and still in big relegation trouble.
The Gunners lost against Stoke earlier in the season in a bit of an upset. They won both games against the Potters easily last season and were unbeaten in five against them before that happened. Arsenal though have won their previous nine Premier League home fixtures against Stoke scoring at least two goals in each of the last four.
Arsenal are good enough to pick off the Potters in this one. Stoke are just lacking the attacking threat to really make a go of this against a top-six side who are by and large, pretty good on home soil. Home win by a good two-goal margin.
28th March 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The Gunners will be happy enough with their tie from the draw for the quarter finals of the UEFA Europa League. The Premier League side will get to take on CSKA Moscow in the final eight and it has been a nice reward for them after seeing off AC Milan in the last round. It is a good looking draw for Arsenal here against the tournament outsiders now and certainly with Lazio and Atletico Madrid still in the mix, there were far worse draws that they could have gotten. Here is a preview of the Quarter Final ties.
Atletico Madrid 11/8, Arsenal 3/1, Lazio 15/2, RB Leipzig 9/1, Marseille 10/1, Salzburg 16/1, Sporting Lisbon 25/1, CSKA Moscow 33/1* (betting odds taken on March 16th, 2018 at 9:39 p.m.)
Leipzig are in their debut European season and therefore this will be their first coming together with Marseille. Leipzig ran out 3-2 winners over Zenit St Petersburg in the last round to get through, while Marseille took out Athletic Bilbao a lot more comfortably, running out 5-2 winners on aggregate. The French outfit have only managed to win once before in Germany from a W1 D2 L5 record there which could make the first leg interesting. But they have had a great season and do look to be a strong team in form. Bundesliga side Leipzig have already tasted success over a French side this season having collected four points off Monaco in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, which helped them get third place.
Prediction: This is going to be the tightest of the four matches of this stage of the competition. Leipzig will be up for the challenge, certainly at home, however, Marseille have had a very strong season and may just have that extra quality and power to squeeze through.
First Leg Odds*: Leipzig 10/11, Draw 12/5, Marseille 31/10* (betting odds taken on March 16th, 2018 at 9:39 p.m.)
Arsenal cleared some murky waters of their season by producing a 5-1 aggregate win over AC Milan in the last round, a tie that was supposed to have caused them problems. Now they get a shot at underdogs CSKA Moscow so are in with a good chance of moving forward. Arsenal and CSKA Moscow were paired up in the 2006/07 UEFA Champions League group stage and it was the Russians who came out on top from those encounters, winning 1-0 at home and drawing 0-0 on the road. Arsenal have failed to win from their four previous trips to Russia (D1 L3) but then CSKA Moscow have lost eight of their last five games against English sides, including their games against Manchester United in the Champions League group stage this season.
Prediction: After their displays against AC Milan, Arsenal should be comfortable enough in this tie and should sail through the tie, even if it’s just a matter of holding out away from home in the second leg.
First Leg Odds*: Arsenal 4/11, Draw 7/2, CSKA Moscow 17/2* (betting odds taken on March 16th, 2018 at 9:39 p.m.)
Atletico Madrid are the 11/8 outright favourites with bet365* (betting odds taken on March 16th, 2018 at 9:39 p.m.) in Europa League betting now after putting a surprisingly poor campaign together in the group stage of the Champions League. But they are in the mood by the looks of things here and they have a nice draw for themselves in the final eight here. Atletico and Sporting have met once before, which was in the 2009/10 round of sixteen in the Europa League, the two games being drawn, but it was the season that Atletico went on to lift the title. Sporting have a pretty miserable record in Spain (D3 L9) and have suffered defeats against Barcelona in the group stage of the Champions League already this season. That’s five straight defeats against Spanish opponents now for them and they have won just one of their last twelve against a Spanish side (D3 L8).
Prediction: This should be a good tie for Atletico to get their teeth into. Sporting are unlikely to get up to the levels that Atleti can produce so look for comfortable passage for the Spaniards.
First Leg Odds*: Atletico Madrid 1/3, Draw 15/4, Sporting Lisbon 9/1* (betting odds taken on March 16th, 2018 at 9:39 p.m.)
Lazio got the better of Dinamo Kiev in the round of sixteen, winning through 4-2 on aggregate. They do look one of the stronger sides left in the competition, but they have actually lost their last three games against Austrian sides. They met Salzburg back in the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League group stage and lost both games 2-1. So they have to play with some revenge on their minds going into this one. Lazio are 7/10 odds on at bet36* (betting odds taken on March 16th, 2018 at 9:39 p.m.) to win the first leg at home and that could be important because the Austrians are undefeated at home in this season’s Europa League. Salzburg caused a shock in the last round by taking a 2-1 aggregate victory over Borussia Dortmund.
Prediction: The Italians have to be a bit wary in this one but it is the first leg at home which is likely to give them an average. They can build something there to defend back out in Austria.
First Leg Odds*: Lazio 7/10, Draw 5/2, Salzburg 17/2* (betting odds taken on March 16th, 2018 at 9:39 p.m.)
Lazio v Salzburg
Atletico v SPorting
Arsenal v CSKA Moscow
Leipzig v Marseille
Quarter Final Second legs to be played on April 12th.
Arsenal 2/9, CSKA Moscow 3/1
Lazio 8/13, Salzburg 6/5
Atletico Madrid 2/9, Sporting Lisbon 3/1
Leipzig 10/11, Marseille 10/11* (all betting odds taken on March 16th, 2018 at 9:39 p.m.)
17th March 2018 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting