Two years ago, Chelsea defeated Arsenal 4-1 in the UEFA Europa League Final. Now, the “Gunners” are on the verge of getting back into the title match, and quite possibly against another English team, but first they need to sink the “Yellow Submarine.”
Let’s take a look at the UEFA Europa League Semifinals Odds while making some predictions.
UEFA Europa League Betting Odds
Arsenal vs Villarreal (Thursday, May 6)
|Arsenal||-½ -115||-115||2½ -125o||1½ -120o/-110u|
|Villarreal||+½ -115||+350||2½ -105u||1 +105o/-135u|
Villarreal won the first leg 2-1, meaning that Arsenal only needs to win 1-0, but not so fast, because the “Yellow Submarine” scored in all their road games since the Round of 32, also finishing with a clean sheet in each one of them.
Manu Trigueros and Raul Albiol scored for Villarreal, while Nicolas Pepe gave hope to the “Gunners” thanks to a well-executed penalty kick.
“After the way the game developed, you have to take the result. If you have to lose, it is probably the best result we could have. Two different halves. We started to be us; in the first half there were so many moments we weren’t. In the second half it was completely different, and we had a big chance with Auba to draw the game. I am confident we have a chance to win,” manager Mikel Arteta said after the first match.
The “Gunners” suffered their first away defeat in their last 13 UEFA competition matches. At home, Arsenal is 1-1-1 since the first knockout stage; they lost to Olympiacos and drew against Slavia Praha.
We’ve two of the top five scoring teams; Arsenal averages 2.5 goals per game, while Villarreal averages 2.07 goals per game. We also have two of the top scorers in Gerard Moreno with seven, and Nicolas Pepe with six, so you can expect some fireworks at Emirates Stadium!
Dani Ceballos (Arsenal) and Etienne Capoue (Villarreal) are out due to suspension.
PICK: Over 2½ goals at -125
AS Roma vs Manchester United (Thursday)
|AS Roma||+½ -120||+270||3 -135o||1 -160o/+130u|
|Manchester United||-½ -110||-110||3 +105u||2 +115o/-145u|
Manchester United crushed AS Roma and the sports betting predictions with a 6-2 victory in the first leg. Now, AS Roma has to win at least 4-0 in order to advance, meaning the “Red Devils” can relax, but not too much, AS Roma knows about a thing or two about comebacks, just ask Barcelona.
“It’s difficult to explain how the same team that did so well in the first half had that kind of second half. It’s hard to play against a side like United without having the substitutions,” manager Paulo Fonseca said.
Fonseca is not wrong, AS Roma won the first half at Old Trafford 2-1, then lost the second one 5-0. Now, according to the latest Soccer Props, the home side winning at halftime and at the end of the game is offering a +450 price, but I think that’s not going to happen.
AS Roma averages 2.1 goals per game, while Manchester United has allowed three goals in seven matches since the Round of 32. The Italian side will be playing for honor, while Manchester United will be playing just to keep things under control, that’s why I’m going with a draw; under three goals.