The UEFA Europa League Quarter-Finals roll on as the second leg clashes on Thursday, May 6, pit four soccer clubs with very different histories against each other. This time, Arsenal host Villarreal at the Emirates Stadium in London, England, while Manchester United travel to Italy to face Roma.
It looks like the Roma vs Manchester United matchup has already been decided, and despite what history has shown us in the Europe League the past several years, there seems to be no room for a surprise here as the guests enter the second game with an enormous 6-2 lead. On the other side, the Arsenal vs Villarreal clash is still open despite the Spaniards' 2-1 advantage. The Gunners are still looking alive thanks to the away goals rule.
While picking a straight winner might not be as attractive there are many betting opportunities in the over/under or who scores first that might be much more attractive. Let’s take a look at the sports betting options for these matchups.
Arsenal vs Villarreal betting picks
Last Thursday, April 29, Arsenal and Villarreal featured in one of the most chaotic Europa League clashes this season. The Yellow Submarine got off to a dream start with Trigueros and Albiol netting early in the first 30 minutes of the match. Then, chaos began in the second half, with Ceballos earning himself a red card after receiving a second yellow. With a man down, the Gunners managed to earn a penalty kick which was successfully converted by Pepe. However, to make matters even more interesting, Capoue of Villarreal also earned his second yellow and was sent off prior to the end of the match.
Now, that away goal is what makes Arsenal an absolute favorite to win this game, as per the oddsmakers. In contrast to the first leg, FanDuel now firmly believe that Mikel Arteta's players will claim a home victory, as they are at -115 to progress to the Final. The away side risk missing out on a historical record, so they are at +330. Knowing that Arsenal have too much at stake here, considering that the Europa League is their only road to European competition next season, betting that the game ends in a 2-0 win for the Gunners could be a sure bet, at +850, a $100 bet could earn the bettor $850. If you got to pick anyone to put the ball in the back of the net in this game look no further than Alexandre Lacazette or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, as they are each at +380 to be the first one to score.
Roma vs Manchester United betting picks
If Italian side Roma had a time machine, they would now go back in time before the end of the first half-time against Manchester United on Thursday, April 29, and just freeze time, or perhaps tell the referee to blow the final whistle. The Stadio Olimpico outfit entered the second half with an incredible 2-1 lead via Pellegrini, and Dzeko, while Fernandes netted the lone goal for the home side until then. However, that was only to end up losing 6-2 in the end. Whatever Ole Gunnar Solskajer told the Red Devils' players, it seemed to do miracles. Cavani scored a brace, Fernandes added another goal, and Pogba, and Greenwood just poured some more water to Roma's fresh wound.
It's already clear that the Serie A club will not go into the Final, but the least they could do is restore their pride and not lose on their own turn now. Thus, FanDuel have given them +270 odds to triumph, while the almost certain finalist United, are at -110. Since the tie has already been decided, it would be logical for both teams to want to save their true horsepower, and instead, field in some fresh and younger blood, so betting that the clash ends in a 1-1 draw could be a sure bet. At +750, a $100 bet could earn the bettor $750.
Parlays for these two Leg 2 matchups of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Finals
A solid parlay bet could be the following: Arsenal to beat Villarreal 2-0; either one of Alexandre Lacazette or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score the first goal of the game, and the Roma vs Manchester United matchup to end in a 1-1 tie. At $100, the bettor could win up to $1,980.
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