Europa League Quarter Finals 2018 – Betting Odds & Predictions

Europe’s no.2 club cup might have smaller prizes that the Champions League, but it certainly doesn’t lack interesting games. For years and years, there has been a myth flying around that teams which come from the Champions League always end up winning the Europa League. This year, lots of them have already left the competition, and have left the burden on the likes of Atletico Madrid, Sporting Lisbon and CSKA Moscow. These are surely the favourites to win the competition, but can we completely discredit teams like Arsenal, Marseille and Lazio?

Europa League 2018 – Winner Betting Odds

[easy_grid class=’text-center’][half_grid] Atletico Madrid – 11/8 Arsenal – 3/1 Lazio – 15/2 Leipzig – 9/1 [/half_grid][half_grid] Marseille – 10/1 Salzburg – 16/1 Sporting Lisbon – 25/1 Salzburg – 33/1 [/half_grid][/easy_grid] We surely cannot. And now, we are very close to the end of this year’s Europa League, with only 8 teams left in the competition. And as always, these teams have some special flavours: some coming from the Champions League, (read our preview of Champions League quarter finals 2018 betting here) some big favourites to win (not necessarily the same), and even a few surprises which nobody expected at the start of the season.

UEFA Europa League 2018 – Quarter Final Draws

This year’s quarter final games are: Arsenal – CSKA Moscow Atletico Madrid – Sporting Lisbon Lazio – Salzburg Leipzig – Marseille

Arsenal – CSKA Moscow

About the tie: Arsenal’s failure to qualify for Champions League football certainly didn’t do them any good, but the Europa League might be their chance to save another season – if they fail to win top 4 in the Premier League, they might play in next year’s CL by winning this competition. They’ve dealt easily with everything what was thrown at them so far, including AC Milan – whom they beat both home and away. Their fans think the most complicated part of their double-game against CSKA will be the long trip to cold Moscow, but the Russians might not be that easy to beat. They have managed to win some games this season, and even away from home as well. They are still famous for their home games and will undoubtedly rely on home ground advantage in this double tie, but they are a good team. Their latest victims, Lyon, can testify towards this fact, and we still have to remember that they’ve won the competition not long ago. When will the match take place: 5th of April in London, 12th of April in Moscow Favourites to progress and odds to win: Arsenal to qualify @ 2/9 Other odds worth mentioning: We don’t expect the Gunners to do particularly well in Moscow, where a 1X bet might be your best way to go – especially if they manage to win the first round.

Atletico Madrid – Sporting Lisbon

About the tie: Two teams coming from the Champions League and facing each other in the quarter finals of the Europa League. For Atletico, a team very used to the semi-finals and finals of Cl recently, this surely hurts – as well as the fact that the team looks much worse than previous seasons. The entire group – staff & players – seem to be gearing up for a final season and final trophy in this formula, with Simeone most probably recognizing that Atletico have reached the end of a cycle. Until then, they remain quite a top team. Sporting, on the other hand, are a typical Portuguese team in a good year – relying on lots of young talent as well a few old veterans, the blend works very well. Most probably, lots of them will leave the Lisbon-based club next season for some good sums of money. They’d love to win a title before that, and the Europa League might be just the thing. When will the match take place: 5th of April in Madrid and 12th of April in Lisbon Favourites to progress and odds to win: Atletico to qualify @ 2/11 Other odds worth mentioning: We see Atletico playing their standard counter-attacking game in both games, so under 2,5 bets are in order.

Lazio – Salzburg

About the tie: Two teams which have taken the long, hard battle in the Europa League, now close to the semi-finals. Lazio are also pushing for top-4 in the Serie A, and have quite a few star players. Ciro Immobile is the top goal scorer in the domestic league, while Milinkovic-Savic is one of the most wanted midfielders in the game. They are a team which has proven that can beat anyone on a good day, but can also suffer some dips in form. On the other hand, Salzburg are one of this season’s surprises in the competition. Although they weren’t credited with huge chances to exit their group, they have not only managed to do so, but also dispatched of Real Sociedad and Dortmund on the way to the quarter-finals. They might not be favourites here, but they surely won’t go down without a fight. When will the match take place: 5th of April in Rome and 12th of April in Salzburg Favourites to progress and odds to win: Lazio to qualify @ 8/13 Other odds worth mentioning: Although we also expect Lazio to qualify, we recommend looking into “both teams to score” bets. Their defence isn’t the best around, conceding goals in nearly every European game.

Leipzig – Marseille

About the tie: The Germans are here to prove that last season wasn’t a fluke and they should be considered a force to be reckoned with not only in the Bundesliga, but also in Europe. They have surprisingly managed to eliminate Napoli and Zenit so far, two teams widely expected to challenge for the competition. This has shown not only strength, but also a desire to win the Europa League – something other teams certainly lack. Marseille, on the other hand, are a team coming from the group stage, and who beat Braga and Bilbao to get here. A solid team, who doesn’t have any domestic obligations, since they are almost surely qualified for next season’s European Cups. A place in the semi-final wouldn’t hurt, of course, for a club who hasn’t really played for European honours for quite some time. When will the match take place: 5th of April in Marseille and 12th of April in Leipzig Favourites to progress and odds to win: Leipzig to qualify @ 4/5 Other odds worth mentioning: We expect the Germans to score more than 1 goal at home, and maybe play counter-attack away. We’d go for an outright victory for their home game at 17/20 though.
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