2017/2018 edition of Europa League has reached the quarter final stage and the game cannot be more interesting. Football fans all over the world are waiting anxiously to see the club that will succeed Manchester United, the current champion. The league cannot be any tougher. Manchester United was able to clinch the highly coveted title last year after beating Ajax at the final.
As fate would have it, the club did not have the opportunity to defend their title as they finished among the top four in English Premier League and that earned them a ticket to the UEFA Champions League.
This was encouraging for the team as it is the dream of every football club to participate in the UEFA Champions League and to also win it.
Unfortunately, the club has been shown the way out by Sevilla FC with an aggregate of a lone goal. Now, 8 clubs have gotten to the quarter final stage in the battle for Europa league title.
Europa League Winner Betting Odds
Atletico Madrid – 11/8
Arsenal – 3/1
Lazio – 15/2
Leipzig – 9/1
Marseille – 10/1
Salzburg – 16/1
Sporting Lisbon – 25/1
Salzburg – 33/1
Even though football is fraught with a lot of shocking upsets, some of the 8 clubs have been described as favourites while others are seen as underdogs. Here is the final draw for the Europa League quarter final matches:
Quarter Final Draws
1. Arsenal FC (England) vs CSKA Moscow (Russia)
2. Atletico Madrid (Spain) vs Sporting Lisbon (Portugal)
3. Lazio (Italy) vs Salzburg (Austria)
4. RB Leipzig (Germany) vs Marseille (France)
Bookmakers have considered Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Lazio, and Marseille as the favourites and the clubs that are likely to get to the semi-final stage. However, every football tournament enjoys its share of upsets and the best online betting sites are not always right. The first legs of all the matches will be played on April 5th 2018 while their second legs will be played on April 12th 2018.
Leipzig vs Marseille
This is the first time these two sides are clashing against each other in any UEFA league. In fact, this is Leipzig’s first time in Europe. They qualified by defeating Zenit St Petersburg with an aggregate of 3-2 in the last round. Despite that, they are still seen as an underdog against Marseille.
On the other hand, Marseille qualified for this stage by knocking out Athletic Bilbao with an aggregate of 5-2 in the last round of sixteen. It is also important to remind you that Marseille has only won on German soil once.
But Leipzig earned a total of 4 points in their last two games against Monaco, a strong French club. The results brought them to UEFA Europa League. Although Leipzig could pull an upset on them, Marseille is the favourite in this match.
Betting odds – Marseille to qualify @ 19/20
Arsenal vs CSKA Moscow
The Gunners earned their place with a 5-1 aggregate over AC Milan in the last round. This is one of the reasons the North London side is seen as a favourite. Before now, the two cubs have clashed twice in 2006/2007. CSKA Moscow was able to hold Arsenal to a goalless draw in North London and they also defeated the Gunners in Russia. So, it was 1-0 on aggregate. Despite that, they are still the underdog in the forthcoming clash.
Before now, Arsenal has been to Russia four times without a single win. They lost three times and managed to get a draw once. Even though that is not an encouraging record, it is better than what their counterpart has to tender. CSKA Moscow lost their last five straight matches against English sides and that includes losing to Manchester United in this season’s group stage twice.
Betting Odds – Arsenal to qualify @ 2/9
Atletico Madrid vs Sporting Lisbon
Ateltico Madrid is not only tipped to win the match, the club is also believed to have more chances to succeed Manchester United for the title because of their current form. Although they initially fell below expectations at the group stage, they seem to have gotten things right in their last few matches and they are now cruising at the altitude of an eagle. They were able to secure their quarter final ticket by beating Lokomotiv Moscow with an impressive aggregate of 8-1 in round sixteen.
It is believed that Sporting Lisbon will not pose much problem for the Spaniards. Before now, the two clubs clashed in the round sixteen stage of 2009/2010 edition of the tournament. Although both legs ended in a draw, Atletico Madrid knocked out Sporting Lisbon with an away goal advantage. For the sake of the odds, it is also important to include the fact that Atletico Madrid would eventually win the edition.
On the other hand, Sporting Lisbon’s record in Spain is nothing to write home about. It is probably the reason they are the underdog in this match. They have not been able to pick a single win in their last twelve visits to Spain. They were able to draw three of the games and they lost the remaining nine games. This includes their last two losses to Barcelona FC in Champions League group stage.
That means they have lost the last five matches against Spanish sides. Bookmakers believe that Spanish clubs have Sporting Lisbon’s number so they will be an easy win for Atletico Madrid because it is a Spanish club. Sporting Lisbon managed to pull through the round sixteen with a hard fought 3-2 aggregate-win over Plzen, an underdog.
Betting odds – Atletico to qualify @ 2/11
Lazio vs Salzburg
Lazio got to this stage with an aggregate win of 4-2 over Dinamo Kiev in round sixteen of the tournament. The two sides met in the group stage of 2009/2010 edition and the Austrians won with a score-line of 2-1 on both legs which makes it an aggregate of 4-2. Lazio will be hoping to get a good revenge this time.
Lazio does not seem to have a great record against Australian sides. They lost their last three games against Australian clubs. Even though Lazio is seen as a favourite, they will have to fight hard to win in Austria as Salzburg is yet to lose at home in this season’s UEFA League. Secondly, Salzburg was able to pull a victory over the Borussia Dortmund with a 2-1 aggregate in round of sixteen.
Betting Odds – Lazio to qualify @ 8/13
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