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Europa League QF Accumulator – Thu 8th April

On Thursday night we turn our attention to the Europa League and the four first legs of the quarterfinal stages of the competition. There’s no staggered kick off times now, all games kick off at 8pm on Thursday night and we have two English teams, two Spanish, a Dutch, Italian, Czech and Croatian team all contesting a place in the semifinals.

The first of the two English teams remaining are Arsenal, who will take on a Slavia Prague side who have beaten both Leicester City and Rangers in the last two rounds to reach this stage of the competition.

The other are Manchester United who last won this competition a few years ago when beating Ajax in the final. The Red Devils face a tricky trip to Spain to take on Granada, a team that have lost their last three games but who have been very impressive in the Europa League this season.

The other quarterfinal ties are a real mix. In the first we have two giants of European football battling it out as Ajax take on AS Roma. It wasn’t too long ago that both these teams were contesting Champions League semifinal games, so it is going to be interesting to see who comes out on top over two legs in that battle.

The other game sees Spurs conquerors in the last round, Dinamo Zagreb, take on a Villarreal side that are in superb form at the moment having won all of their last five. However as Spurs found out in the last round, Dinamo at home are a very fearsome prospect and so Villarreal will have to be careful here to avoid the same fate that befell Spurs.

This should be a very interesting set of games, so let’s take a look and see how I think each of the four matches will pan out.

Europa League Accumulator – 8th April

    • 8:00
    • Ajax v AS Roma - Home Win
    • 8:00
    • Arsenal v Slavia Prague - Home Win
    • 8:00
    • Dinamo Zagreb v Villarreal - Home Win
    • 8:00
    • Granada v Manchester United - Away Win
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Bet Analysis: Thursday 8th April

Ajax v AS Roma – Home Win

Two teams that were contesting Champions League semifinals a couple of years back now meet in the quarterfinals of the Europa League. Ajax come into the game in the better form of the two having won all of their last five games in all competitions and with home advantage, I do feel they are the pick to win the game here. AS Roma though won’t be an easy task as they beat Shakhtar Donetsk home and away to reach this stage, however they have not won any of their other three games since that first leg victory. This will be close and I can still see plenty to play for in the second leg, but I am backing Ajax to land a narrow win here.

Arsenal v Slavia Prague – Home Win

Slavia Prague have been the nemesis for British teams in this competition this season defeating Leicester City and then Rangers to reach this stage of the competition. Arsenal hung on to beat Olympiakos in the last round, losing the second leg at home after winning away from home and after the Gunners dismal performance against Liverpool at the weekend, you may well be surprised to see me backing them here. I have done because I think they have nothing else to play for this season and I do feel their focus has shifted towards this tournament, where they were finalists a couple of years back (losing to Chelsea). It won’t be an easy win for Arsenal though and I can only see them taking a one goal advantage into the second leg in Prague.

Dinamo Zagreb v Villarreal – Home Win

Normally, when a team has won its last five games in a row, I would not even contemplate them losing a match, but this is such a different game for Villarreal against a side that have been superb in this competition this season that I do feel a home win is the best option. Zagreb had played well against some quality opponents at home in the earlier rounds of this competition but that 3-0 win over Spurs, after losing the first leg 2-0, was sensational. I can’t see them running away with it here but I do feel they will take a lead into the second leg in Spain. Whether they can hang onto it there is another matter.

Granada v Manchester United – Away Win

Granada’s recent form isn’t particularly good having lost their last three games. United did lose to Leicester in the cup, a rare away defeat for them, but I do feel they are going to be back at their best for this game. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs a trophy and this looks their only opportunity to land it this season, so I am expecting another good counter-attacking display from United as they showed against Sociedad and a good lead to take into the home leg.


Dean Wyatt

Author: Dean Wyatt

Dean Wyatt is the founder and editor here at Acca Nation. He’s been betting sports for over 20 years and is a profitable sports trader on the exchanges.

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