Friday Europa League Multi
Four quarter-final matches, four selections. Get stuck into this $10 Europa League Multi!
Arsenal v Napoli
Arsenal have deservedly gained a reputation for being a Jekyll and Hyde team: outstanding at home, useless on the road.
I’m backing them to draw upon this Emirates spirit to beat Napoli in their Europa League quarter-final first-leg.
The visitors have won just three of their last 10 away games in all competitions, and in truth, I’ve not been wholly convinced by them under Carlo Ancelotti.
Arsenal are really well-priced at $2.40, particularly because they’ve won 13 from their last 15 at home in all competitions.
I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Arsenal crashed out of the competition at San Paolo—following a dismal away performance—but I’m fairly confident they win this first-leg; god knows they need to.
Slavia Prague v Chelsea
Chelsea are starting to click at just the right time; Maurizio Sarri has finally buckled to the fans’ demands and as a result, Chelsea have unsurprisingly played brilliantly. I do believe Sarri will rest the likes of Eden Hazard and Callum Hudson-Odoi for this trip to Prague, but a renewed sense of optimism around the place should still push Chelsea on to victory.
Slavia are unbeaten at home in the Europa League this season—knocking out Sevilla in the previous round (who are atrocious travellers)—but I’m still backing this Chelsea side to scupper that record.
The Blues obliterated Dynamo Kiev 5-0 in their last European away game, and Sarri will be desperate to kill this tie off nice and early.
Benfica v Eintracht Frankfurt
Eintracht Frankfurt are my favourite side in Europe. Unbeaten 2019, Adi Hütter’s men have the perfect blend of attacking ferocity and defensive stability – so much so they’ve won five straight Bundesliga matches.
Benfica are a good side, and have lost just three times at home this season, but I don’t believe they have enough to beat a Frankfurt side who have recently toppled Inter at San Siro.
Kevin Trapp has conceded just one goal in his last six matches, which has massively contributed to this unbeaten run.
I’m backing a Frankfurt/draw double chance.
Villarreal v Valencia
Another double chance to end with, this time for the all-Spanish clash between Villarreal and Valencia.
It’s been a pretty miserable season for Villarreal—who currently reside in La Liga’s relegation zone—but 10 matches unbeaten in Europe this season has given their fans something to shout about.
However, for this first-leg I’m backing a Valencia/draw double chance.
The visitors’ 17-match unbeaten run ended in surprising fashion at the hands of Rayo Vallecano on Saturday, but they’ve still only lost five La Liga matches all season; Marcelino sure knows how to make his side tough to beat.
Only Juventus have beaten Valencia in their 10 Champions League and Europa League matches this season, and it’s hard to see them losing at Estadio de la Cerámica.