Europa League Betting Markets

02/05/2019

 

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Over the last few years, much more attention has been placed on the Europa League. Ever since Manchester United crashed out to Athletic Bilbao back in 2012, some English fans have opened their eyes and realised that this is not just a competition to make up the numbers. There really is some high-quality action on show.

Although the tournament is not seen on the same pedigree as the Champions League, there is still plenty to play for. Most notably, qualification into the latter.

It is, therefore, not a coincidence to see that the remaining four clubs left in the competition are also battling it out for a CL spot in their domestic leagues. Europa League sides are now recognising that winning the tournament can sometimes be an easier route back into the CL, hence tonight’s semi-finalists.

So, what betting markets hold good value for the upcoming fixtures?

Arsenal to Beat Valencia – Evens

The Gunners are like two different teams – on the road, they look fragile and bereft of any confidence, but at home, they often dominate possession and operate much more comfortably.

In Europe this season, Arsenal have won all but one of their home fixtures, with the only exception coming against Sporting Lisbon in a 0-0 draw last November. Take into account that they’ve only conceded in one of these games, their price at evens to win tonight can be regarded as good value.

Unai Emery’s side are not currently in the best form, but they tend to up their game in Europe. They surprised many neutrals by overcoming Napoli 3-0 on aggregate in the quarter-finals, where they created a flurry of chances in the home leg.

Will they find a similar number of openings tonight? As a side that usually operate with two up top in an orthodox 4-4-2 formation, the Oranges could become overran rather easily at the Emirates.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette to Score – 7/2

When Arsenal do win, the goals usually come from their two frontmen, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette. The duo have thirty goals between them this season, with both strikers having more than double any other player’s goal tally in the squad.

As mentioned, Valencia are a side that like to play quite openly and they have only kept 2 clean-sheets on the road in their last 18 away games. This doesn’t paint a pretty picture for the Oranges tonight, especially given Arsenal’s attacking threat. In their last nine home fixtures, the Gunners have scored at least two goals on each occasion.

The stats would therefore indicate that we could be treated to some goals tonight and ActiveWins are predicting for the two star strikers to get their names on the score-sheet.

Luka Jovic to Score – 7/4

Frankfurt have been the surprise package in this season’s Europa league, with many of their players catching the eye of spectators across the globe. One name that is currently making waves across the European scene is Luka Jovic, the competition’s second top goal-scorer.

Usually supported by World Cup star Ante Rebic, Jovic leads the line efficiently and when he gets a chance, he typically takes it. In all competitions, the Serbian boasts 25 goals in just 40 games, including 8 in 11 Europa League appearances.

Chelsea haven’t kept a clean-sheet in their last 4 fixtures, conceding 8 in the process too. The Blues don’t set up with much defensive security under Maurizio Sarri and they often look exposed when their opponents plough men forward.

Frankfurt will be looking to attack in such a manner, as they won’t want to head to Stamford Bridge desperate for a goal. It’s a big tie and the German side will want to capitalise on having the home leg first, with Jovic likely to be at the forefront of such an offensive plan.

Jorginho and Antonio Rudiger to be carded – 7/1

If you are a punter that has a keen eye for the cards, this bet may stand out to you. With nineteen yellow cards between them this season, 7/1 is big value on Jorginho and Antonio Rudiger to find their names in the referee’s book tonight.

Setting up on the left for Frankfurt will most likely be Rebic, the pacey Croatian who loves stepping in on his favoured right foot. As the right centre-back in blue, Rudiger will be tasked with preventing the winger in doing so, so expect the two to clash on the field at some point tonight. Will Rebic prove to be too tricky for the German?

As Frankfurt like setting up with a 3-5-2 formation, the middle of the park often becomes quite congested, with the two frontmen and wing-backs making all sorts of runs in the final third. Jorginho will, therefore, have to remain busy to restrict such attacking players a chance at goal.

A lot has been said about the Italian this season, with many believing that he doesn’t do enough to justify a starting role week in week out. On the ball, Jorginho is a tidy player, but when it comes to his pressing, he isn’t the best defensively. His 7 yellow cards highlight his tendency to be a little reckless, and we wouldn’t be too surprised to see him add another to his name tonight.

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All these Europa League betting odds were correct at the time of writing and can be found online at Betfred. New players will be eligible for their welcome offer, where you can receive £30 in free bets when you stake £10 on your first deposit

Each price can be found as an individual market, or, alternatively, build an accumulator online for tonight’s action. Also find a range of odds like selecting an outright winner for the competition and other domestic leagues.

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