Europa League Quarterfinals Second Leg Preview

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

By Jonathan Willis
BETCRIS Soccer Europa League Quarterfinals Second Leg Games

The first leg of the Europa League Quarterfinals didn’t give us too many surprises. All four home teams won with the two biggest favorites, Atletico Madrid and Arsenal, winning by very convincing margins.

That doesn’t mean that the four winners in the first leg are out of the woods though. Each of the four teams now has to go on the road, and that is always tough in this stage of European soccer. One of the teams that is currently down will almost certainly advance, but the question is which one will it be.

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CSKA Moscow vs. Arsenal

Date and Time: April 12, 2018, 3:05 p.m. ET

Location: VEB Arena, Moscow, Russia

Betting Line: Arsenal -0.5, O/U 2.5 and 3

The first half of the first leg of this tie was scintillating. Arsenal and CSKA combined for five goals in 35 minutes, but there was no scoring after that in a 4-1 Arsenal win. Both Aaron Ramsey and Alexandre Lacazette notched braces for Arsenal in the victory, with Ramsey scoring on a particularly sublime flick that led highlight reels afterwards.

CSKA proved it was not a team that will just roll over though. They fired 11 shots at Arsenal’s net, and Aleksandr Golovin netted a fantastic goal to give his side at least a puncher’s chance. The Gunners nearly blew a commanding lead against AC Milan in the last round, and traveling across Europe to play in Moscow will be tough.

Sporting CP vs. Atletico Madrid

Date and Time: April 12, 2018, 3:05 p.m. ET

Location: Estadio Jose Alvalade, Lisbon, Portugal

Betting Line: Atletico Madrid -0.5, O/U 2 and 2.5

Atletico was a major favorite heading into the first leg against Sporting and did not have any trouble in beating Sporting 2-0. The score line could have been a lot worse with how poorly Sporting’s defense was playing, but Diego Costa couldn’t convert on a one-on-one with just the keeper to beat and other opportunities were missed.

Costa is questionable heading into this match after a poor challenge from Sporting led to him getting subbed off in the second half. That makes Atletico less formidable on the attack, but this is one of the best defensive clubs in all of Europe. Sporting will have a very hard time breaking through for even one goal.

Red Bull Salzburg vs. Lazio

Date and Time: April 12, 2018, 3:05 p.m. ET

Location: Red Bull Arena, Salzburg, Austria

Betting Line: Red Bull Salzburg PK and -0.5, O/U 3

The first leg of this tie had some atrocious defending from both sides and it will be interesting to see if it’s patched up a bit for the second leg. Lazio won the first leg 4-2 so they have the upper hand, yet the two away goals are pretty big in the grand scheme of things.

There should be another offensive explosion in this one, and don’t be surprised if things get chippy. These teams combined to commit 37 fouls in Rome with two penalties being awarded as a result of the rough play. The over looks like a great bet in this one.

Olympique Marseille vs. Red Bull Leipzig

Date and Time: April 12, 2018, 3:05 p.m. ET

Location: Stade Velodrome, Marseille, France

Betting Line: Marseille PK and -0.5, O/U 2.5 and 3

Red Bull Leipzig is out to show that Bayern Munich isn’t the only German team that can have European success. The club didn’t have many chances at home against Marseille in the first leg, but the club made their one shot on goal count to get a 1-0 win.

Marseille have a great chance to advance. The club had a number of good chances in the first leg and should fare much better at home.

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I believe the two best bets this week are Marseille and the over in the CSKA/Arsenal match. Marseille was a bit unlucky in the first match, while both CSKA and Arsenal should play a very open style of football.

Europa League Quarterfinals Picks: Bet on Marseille and the Over in CSKA/Arsenal

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