Europa League Round Of 16 First-Leg Tips

By Bookmakers Review06 March 2018
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Europa League Round Of 16 First-Leg Tips

AC Milan vs. Arsenal

The Gunners’ poor run of form could be about to get even worse as they travel to play AC Milan on Thursday in Europa League. AC Milan have been in a great run of form since Gennaro Gattuso was appointed as their coach replacing Vincenzo Montella. Milan are unbeaten in their last 13 matches, best run in 9 years, and have won 6 of their last 7 Serie A fixtures also securing a place in the Coppa Italy final. Milan are eyeing Europa League glory, which offers them a Champions League spot next year and we expect them to take advantage of Arsenal’s poor form and qualify further.

Arsene Wenger’s future is at stake, so the Gunners can’t afford another negative result in this double-leg which will see them out of the competition. They need a miracle to finish the Premier League season in top 4 so their only realistic hope of returning in Champions League next season is the Europa League trophy. The hosts have won 5 of their last 6 Europa League home matches, scoring 17 goals and conceding just 3 in the process, and if we add Arsenal’s miserable form on the road it gives us a sure home win. We also expect goals so if you are a “goals market” fan our advice is to play the over 2.5 goals in the match priced at 1.9 with Coral.

Best pick for the match: AC Milan to win at 2.05 with Unibet.


Dortmund vs. Salzburg

This clash has goals written all over it. Believe it or not, RB Salzburg knocked out La Liga’s Real Sociedad by beating them 4-3 on aggregate. On the other side, Dortmund needed an 83rd -minute goal in the 2nd leg against Atalanta to secure a place in the round of 16. Both sides are scoring goals for fun being 2 attacking-minded teams. Dortmund enter this match on the back of a 1-1 draw against Salzburg’s sister club RB Leipzig looking to extend their perfect record against Austrian teams.

On the other side, Salzburg travel to face Dortmund in top shape being full of confidence after earning back-to-back wins against domestic league rivals Sturm Graz and Rapid Vienna and sitting 10 points clear at the top of the table. They even rested some of their key players ahead of this crucial match. The hosts are huge favourites to win this 1st leg being priced at 1.5 with Betfair, but we expect Salzburg to make it tough for them and contribute on the scoreboard.

Best pick for the match: Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals at 2.05 with Coral.


Marseille vs. Athletic Bilbao

Ligue 1 side Marseille are winless in their last 4 matches in all competitions, losing 3 in the process. It’s true that 3 of them were on the road and 2 of them were against the giants Paris Saint-Germain. On their turf they are unbeaten since September 2017, winning 12 of their last 16 matches in all competitions. Bilbao have a poor season in La Liga sitting 14th in the standings with 32 points earned in 27 matches.

In their last La Liga fixture in which they lost 0-2 away at Sevilla, they rested they most important players Aduriz, Garcia and Benat being forced to introduce them in the 2nd half as they were 2 goals down at half time. We don’t expect them to pull off the upset in France and return home with a positive result or to qualify further in the competition. Marseille should have enough to win their home leg and maybe cover the -1.5 AH line, but we will play it safe.

Best pick for the match: Marseille to win at 1.95 with Betfair.