Both spots in the Europa League finals are up for grabs in the second leg of the semi-finals on Thursday. In one matchup, Arsenal of England will take on Valencia of Spain. In the other game, English club Chelsea will take on Eintracht Frankfurt of Germany. Let’s take a closer look at both games.
Arsenal vs Valencia
After Arsenal took the first leg 3-1, the Gunners are +280 to win the second leg on the road. Meanwhile, a desperate Valencia team is -124 to get a win, although it will take at least a two-goal win to advance. Finally, a draw is set at +276, a result that would see Arsenal advance to the finals.
Oddly enough, Europa League games have been Arsenal’s only positive results lately. The Gunners have three losses and one draw in their last four Premier League games. That being said, Arsenal was the better side for long stretches of the first leg. But there were plenty of nervy moments, especially after they fell behind 1-0. The Gunners have also conceded 11 goals over their last five games, so a clean sheet on the road doesn’t seem likely.
Meanwhile, Valencia is coming off a 6-goal effort in La Liga over the weekend. The Spanish side lacks one standout goal scorer, but they have plenty of capable attacking players. Against an Arsenal team that’s looked shaky at the back recently, Valencia is bound to score some goals, even if the Gunners are able to hit them back. Bet on Valencia to win the second leg at home, but look for Arsenal to advance.
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Chelsea
After a 1-1 draw in the first leg, there is all to play for between these teams on Thursday. However, Chelsea is heavily favored at -301 as the home side in the second leg. Eintracht Frankfurt has a money line of +683 while a draw is set at +387.
Not only is Frankfurt a heavy underdog against Chelsea, but the German side is struggling for confidence will be lacking confidence following a 6-1 loss to Bayer Leverkusen over the weekend. It was an ugly game that saw Eintracht concede 82% possession to their German rivals. They are now in serious jeopardy of missing out on a top-4 spot in the Bundesliga, which could distract them from the semi-final with Chelsea.
Perhaps more importantly, only earning 18% possession against Leverkusen isn’t a good omen ahead of a game against a possession-based side like Chelsea. The London club controlled 67% of the possession in the first leg despite only coming away with one away goal. With that away goal in their back pocket and the confidence of a 3-0 home win over the weekend, Chelsea is poised to dictate the second leg. Also, with the Blues assuring themselves of a top-4 spot in the Premier League, Chelsea will be more likely to put their best lineup on the field against Frankfurt, specifically Eden Hazard, who came off the bench in the first leg. Bet on Chelsea to win the second leg with ease and advance to the final. If you are looking for a great pay-per-head bookmaker, check out RealBookies and get your bets in for both these matches.
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