Kick Off: 2005, 26/04/2018
Stadium: Emirates Stadium
TV: BT Sport
Arsenal were handed the draw they wanted to avoid when they were paired with Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals of the Europa League.
Atletico are the favourites in the Europa League outright winner odds and the Gunners must get past them over two legs if they are to reach the final in Lyon.
Arsenal’s season depends on them winning this competition both to secure some silverware and qualify for next season’s Champions League.
A Look At Arsenal’s Betting Odds
Arsenal made good use of home advantage in the first leg of their quarter-final against CSKA Moscow when they secured a 4-1 lead to take to Russia.
In typical style, they then made hard work of it and went 2-0 down in the second leg before Danny Welbeck and Aaron Ramsey scored in the last 15 minutes to see them through.
Goalkeeper Petr Cech insists the manner of qualification should not be a concern though, saying: “I think in a European competition you don’t ask how well you played each round.
“You can play beautiful football but when you are knocked out, you are knocked out. So I think in any European competition you need to play well enough to go through.
“This is sometimes the most important, rather than playing beautiful football.”
Arsenal have been impressive in the first leg of each of their knockout ties at least, beating FK Ostersunds 3-0 and AC Milan 2-0 to take the pressure off heading into the return match.
They will want to do the same ahead of a daunting trip to the Spanish capital and their impressive home form this season means we’re going for Arsenal to edge the first leg at odds of 31/20 as the first of our Arsenal vs Atletico Madrid betting predictions.
A Look At Atletico Madrid’s Betting Odds
Atletico began the season in the Champions League but failed to make it out of their group after finishing four points behind both Chelsea and Roma.
Chelsea took four points off Atletico and given their struggles in the Premier League this season, that should give the Gunners hope.
Atletico managed just five goals in their six group games and also made hard work of getting through their Europa League quarter-final against Sporting, winning the first leg 2-0 but hanging on for a 1-0 defeat in Portugal.
They are the 1/2 favourites to progress but those odds will lengthen if Arsenal can prevent the likes of Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa claiming a crucial away goal.
Arsenal’s defensive record this season does not bode well though and both teams to score appeals at 18/25, while the last of our Arsenal vs Atletico Madrid betting tips is the Gunners to win 2-1 at 17/2.
Last Europa League result
CSKA Moscow 2-2 ARSENAL – Danny Welbeck, Aaron Ramsey
Sporting 1-0 ATLETICO MADRID
Previous head-to-head: N/A
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