Arsenal have been struggling in the English top flight league this season, sitting sixth in the standings and having no chances to catch a top-four finish. They are fully focused on winning the Europa League trophy, save a poor season and earn a Champions League spot for the next one. They’ve lost just two matches in their last 10 European fixtures, scoring 23 goals in the process. The Gunners haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their last seven European knockout-stage matches in front of their fans. The Russian team aim to claim another major upset after knocking out Olympique Lyon, beating them on the road 3-2 to qualify in the quarterfinals of the competition. Arsenal will try to solve the qualification issue from the first leg, being aware of how tough it is to travel and play in Russia in the second leg. CSKA will most likely have a defensive approach Thursday and try not to concede many goals. This is the last chance of silverware for Arsenal and we expect them to perform at their highest level and give their fans something to cheer for.
Best pick for the match: Arsenal to win with -1.5 AH at 2.05 with Pinnacle.
The Italian side are struggling to secure a top-four finish in Serie A so their only potential back-door to compete in Champions League next season is to win the EL trophy. They have huge defensive problems, conceding in five of their last six fixtures, with bottom on the Serie A table Benevento scoring twice against them last weekend. Salzburg are unbeaten in their last 35 matches in all competitions and they will enter Thursday's match full of confidence and determined to produce another shocking upset after eliminating German giants Dortmund in the last knockout round. Lazio have conceded in their last three Europa League home fixtures against Dynamo Kiev, Steaua Bucharest and Vitesse. Salzburg are an attacking-minded side with skillful players and they should be able to find the back of the net against Lazio. We expect a high-scoring game and we will skip the winners market for our top tip.
Best pick for the match: Over 2.5 goals at 1.86 with Betfair.
Atletico Madrid have been used to reaching the final stages of the most important European competition, Champions League, but unfortunately for them and their fans they failed to exit the group stage. They have huge European experience and they will definitely try to win Europa League as they are the main favorites to win the trophy being priced at 2.3 with PaddyPower. They were the only remaining side everyone wanted to avoid in the QF draw. They have rock-solid defense, conceding just four goals in 15 home La Liga fixture, being a force to be reckoned with on their turf. They’ve lost just one of their last 16 European fixtures on home soil, being very well organized in their defense under Diego Simeone. The hosts should have enough to win this clash Thursday, but we don’t expect a high-scoring affair. It will be very tough for the Portuguese side to contribute on the scoreboard and net a crucial away goal.
Best pick for the match: Atletico Madrid to win and under 3.5 goals in the match at 1.83 with Coral.
Extra Tip: RB Leipzig vs. Marseille – Both teams to score at 1.8 with BetVictor.