Europa League Quarterfinals Preview

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

By Jonathan Willis
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Love it or hate it, the Europa League is a big deal. Most of the teams left in the Europa League are aware that this is their last chance to win a major competition this year. The Europa League does not have the same fanfare that the Champions League has, but winning the competition could save a manager’s job. Additionally, winning the Europa League will give one of these last eight teams a spot in next year’s Champions Leagues. This Thursday will see the first leg of all four ties.

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Arsenal vs. CSKA Moscow

Date and Time: April 5, 2018, 3:05 p.m. ET

Location: Emirates Stadium, London, England

Betting Line: Arsenal -1.5, O/U 2.5 and 3

Injuries are a bit of a concern for Arsenal heading into this one. Petr Cech is a bit banged up and may not be in goal for the Gunners. Not having him would hurt a bit, but not as much as missing some of the other players that they might be without. Danny Welbeck and Alexandre Lacazette both may miss this match too with injuries and that’s an issue with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ineligible to play after participating in Europe with Borussia Dortmund earlier in the season.

As for CSKA Moscow, the Russian side has already shown its mettle. CSKA lost at home to Lyon in the last round and the thought was that it would be the end. However, a 3-2 win in Lyon led to CSKA advancing on away goals. Nationals Aleksandr Golovin and Igor Akinfeev are two of the leaders of this team, and Ahmed Musa is one to watch too.

Atletico Madrid vs. Sporting CP

Date and Time: April 5, 2018, 3:05 p.m. ET

Location: Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain

Betting Line: Atletico Madrid -1.5, O/U 2.5

Atletico is the odds-on favorite to win Europa League at this point. The club is in second place in La Liga and has looked great outside of Champions League qualifying this season. Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa have been phenomenal and make up the best attack in the competition by a wide margin. The defense has been rock solid too, making this team very tough to get past.

There is a lot of young talent on Sporting. The club has always been a hotbed for young prospects and a few of those players have led the team to the quarterfinals. However, they have had a relatively easy route thus far and they will need to step up in a big way.

Lazio Roma vs. Red Bull Salzburg

Date and Time: April 5, 2018, 3:05 p.m. ET

Location: Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy

Betting Line: Lazio -0.5 and -1, O/U 2.5

RB Salzburg is in the Europa League Quarterfinals for the first time ever. The club notched a huge win in the last round, getting past Borussia Dortmund, and have a decent chance against Lazio in this one. Moanes Dabour will be the key to Salzburg’s hopes, as he leads Austria’s domestic league in goals this year.

The back line is a bit of a concern for Lazio. The defense has allowed quite a few goals in the offensively challenged Serie A, and that’s not a good sign. However, Lazio has the firepower to match with Nani and Ciro Immobile on the attack.

Red Bull Leipzig vs. Olympique Marseille

Date and Time: April 5, 2018, 3:05 p.m. ET

Location: Red Bull Arena, Leipzig, Germany

Betting Line: Red Bull Leipzig -0.5 and -1, O/U 2.5

No team has risen as highly as fast as Red Bull Leipzig in quite some time. The club was in Germany’s second division two years ago, but they finished runners-up in the Bundesliga last year and they are in the top four this year. Yet they will not have central defender Willi Orban available for this match.

Marseille looked good in sending Athletic Bilbao out in the last round and have performed very well in France’s Ligue 1 this season. They are looking to become just the second French team to make the Europa League semifinals.

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There’s a good amount of value in the road underdogs. Asking Sporting to do anything is a bit much, but the other three road teams are live dogs. CSKA, RB Salzburg, and Marseille are all worth a little action.

Europa League Quarterfinals Picks: Look to play most of the road underdogs on Thursday

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