Atletico Madrid v Arsenal Betting Tips & Odds – 03/05/18

Atletico Madrid v Arsenal Betting Tips & Odds – 03/05/18

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Atletico Madrid v Arsenal Betting Tips & Odds

In our Atletico Madrid v Arsenal betting preview we look at the best possible bets between the two sides.

Overview

The Europa League returns on Thursday night with Atletico Madrid taking on Arsenal at the Wanda Metropolitano in a huge semi-final second leg. The Spaniards come into it with a crucial advantage on away goals and they’ll be confident that they can see the job through in front of their own supporters. They’ve kept eleven successive clean sheets in all competitions on home soil and another one here will ensure their passage through to the final in Lyon in a fortnights time. The visitors make the trip to the Spanish capital with a huge job on their hands as they look to give Arsene Wenger a big send off. The Frenchmen saw his side spurn several opportunities to win the first leg last Thursday and they’ll have to be right at the top of their game if they’re to go through.

Diego Simeone Atletico Madrid

Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid have kept eleven consecutive clean sheets at the Wanda Metropolitano – winning ten of those games

Atletico in the driving seat

It’s been another solid season for Atletico Madrid under Diego Simeone, with the Argentine continuing to enhance his growing reputation in management. The job he’s done since being appointed Atletico boss back in 2011 is remarkable, transforming the club into a domestic and European super power. Los Rojiblancos are a side no one enjoys facing and their built in the image of Simeone. They’re resilient, dogged, determined and incredibly hard to beat. All of those attributes make them a real efficient force in Europe with them making the Champions League final in two of the last four years. They were unsuccessful in both which has given them extra drive to win the Europa League this year and after their draw at the Emirates last Thursday, they’re red hot favourites to do so.

Atletico put in a typical Simeone performance, battling against the odds to claim what was a huge draw. They played the majority of the game with ten men after full back Sime Vrsaljko was dimissed early on for a second bookable offence and were forced to withstand some incredibly heavy pressure. Jan Oblak and Diego Godin put in top performances to restrict Arsenal to one goal and they got their reward on the break, when top scorer Antoine Griezmann pounced on an error from compatriot Laurent Koscielny. It was a huge moment for Atletico and now back in Madrid they’ll be very confident they can see the job through at their new stadium. They had a slow start to life at the Wanda Metropoliation, winning just two of their first seven games but they’ve really settled in now. They’re unbeaten in eleven (winning ten) and they’ve kept clean sheets in all of those games, so Arsenal really have it all to do if they’re make it to Lyon.

Atletico Madrid Antoine Griezmann

Atletico Madrid produced a dogged display to steal a draw at the Emirates – Antoine Griezmann was the hero after netting a late equaliser

Huge test for Wenger

Making the daunting trip to the Wanda Metropolitano are an Arsenal side who’re desperate to win this competition for the departing Arsene Wenger. The Gunners’ iconic manager announced that he’ll be determined to leave the club on a high and he’ll need his team to deliver one of their best ever European displays if they’re to make it through. The first leg was a bitter sweet affair for the Frenchmen with his side putting in a very good performance and creating lots of opportunities – but a lack of composure and some excellent goalkeeping from Jan Oblak stopped them winning the game. Alexandre Lacazette scored their only goal of the game in the 1-1 draw and their inability to take their chances it could really come back to bite them against one of European footballs most unforgiving sides.

The Gunners have been in action once since their meeting with Atletico last Thursday, with them taking on Manchester United on Sunday. Wenger named a much changed side for the trip to Old Trafford, allowing the likes of Lacazette, Ozil, Ramsey and Wilshere to rest ahead of this one. Several youngsters were given a run out and whilst producing another positive attacking display, they were undone by two avoidable goals which resulted in them being beaten 2-1. There were certainly positives to take from the ninety minutes but that defeat means that Arsenal are still looking for their first away point of 2018 in the Premier League – not ideal form to take with them to the Wanda Metropolitano. But with their big guns returning they’re certainly capable of causing Atletico problems and they’ll want to do it for Wenger, however, Atletico are just so strong at home and we can see them grinding out a result which will take them to Lyon.

Arsene Wenger Arsenal

This could be Arsene Wenger’s final European away trip in charge of the Gunners

Recommended Bets:

Highest scoring half – second half: (Best Priced at 6/5 at Paddy Power) BET HERE

Half time/full time – Draw/Atletico Madrid: (Best Priced at 7/2 at SkyBet) BET HERE

Antoine Griezmann to score anytime: (Best Priced at 23/18 at UniBet) BET HERE

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