Date: 11th April 2019 at 6:18pm
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Arsenal v Napoli

Tonight sees the opening night of the 2018/19 Europa League quarters with some mouth-watering clashes in what looks to be a night of closely matched games.

Arsenal take on Napoli, with both sides coming through with the same results (3-0 win, 3-1 loss) but it’s fair to say Arsenal seem to have the advantage, statistically speaking. The Gunners have won 10 of their last 11 home games scoring 2 or more in each of them and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang has also scored 9 goals during that spell. 

Napoli have lost 2 of their last 3 away games, and have kept 1 clean sheet in their last 6. They’re sitting 20 points behind Juventus in the Serie A and have had a quiet season by their standards but Arkadiusz Milik has flourished in the starting 11. He’s scored 16 in 28 league appearances and also got off the mark in the Europa League where he scored within the first 15 minutes of each leg against Salzburg. 

Arsenal seem to have a lot going for them tonight and have been priced very generously at 27/20 to win.

Slavia v Chelsea

Slavia Prague are the surprise package of this year’s Europa League and have merely added to the shock factor after knocking out 5 time winners Sevilla in the last round. Slavia have scored 8 goals throughout their last 4 Europa knockout games and also ended the group stage with no goals conceded when playing at home. 

Unfortunately for the Czech’s they have to take on the current 7/4 tournament favourites, Chelsea. The Londoners swept aside Dynamo Kyiv 8-0 on aggregate last round and made their intentions very clear. Arguably the scariest thing about Chelsea’s Europa form has been the fact that Eden Hazard has only started one of the 10 games, Sarri will have him primed and ready for these latter stage games and it will only add to an already classy Chelsea side. 

Olivier Giroud is sitting on 9 goals for the tournament so far and scored a hat-trick in his last away EL appearance, he’s been largely impressive leading the line in this Chelsea Europa side which has been different to their usual domestic setup. 

Chelsea seem a good price at 7/10.

Benfica v Frankfurt

This tie could be the game of the quarters, Benfica have vast European experience and Frankfurt are taking part in their first ever major European quarter finals but it’s Frankfurt who come into this game in the stronger form.

Die Adler have been a serious threat in Europe, they won all 6 of their group stage games and have knocked out Shakthar and Inter in the knockouts. In the groups they averaged 2.83 goals a game and scored another 6 vs Shakthar, then won 1-0 over 2 legs against the Italians. 

Luka Jovic has been pivotal in Frankfurt’s rise this season, attracting plenty of attention from big clubs in the process. The 21 year old Serbian has bagged 24 goals in 36 games in all competitions this season, he’s been excellent in Frankfurt’s current 15 game unbeaten streak. 

Benfica are no push over, they qualified via extra time against Dinamo Zagreb but the glaring concern is that they haven’t scored more than 1 goal in a home European match since a 2-2 draw with Bayern in April of 2016. In recent months they’ve been picking up speed in their domestic league including a 10-0 win but they can’t quite seem to get it together on the big stage.

Frankfurt draw no bet seems worth a bet at 6/5.

Villarreal v Valencia

The Battle of the last 2 remaining Spaniards. 

Villarreal have been immense in this year’s competition, they’re yet to lose and seem to be doing all their goalscoring in Europe. In addition to the impressive Europa form they are unbeaten in 7 of their last 8 home games, but have only kept 1 clean sheet. Valencia are in a similar situation only losing 1 of their last 8 away games aswell.

Valencia left it very late to qualify last round with a 94thminute Guedes equaliser away in Krasnodar but they convincingly brushed aside Celtic in the previous round. Los Ches got knocked out of the Champions League in the winter by only 2 points, going unbeaten against Manchester United in the process who are now in the UCL quarters. 

The last 4 meetings between the two of them have ended with only one of the teams scoring and all have been under 2.5 goals. Can we expect a carbon copy tonight in an exciting Spanish tussle?

Under 2.5 goals is generally available at 4/6.

If you’re after an accumulator, slam all of my advised bets into an one and it’ll price up around this.

Arsenal win 27/20

Chelsea win 7/10

Frankfurt Draw no Bet 6/5

Villarreal v Valencia under 2.5 match goals 4/6.

Generally available as a 13/ 1 4 fold, treat yourself.

Arsenal v Napoli

Tonight sees the opening night of the 2018/19 Europa League quarters with some mouth-watering clashes in what looks to be a night of closely matched games.

Arsenal take on Napoli, with both sides coming through with the same results (3-0 win, 3-1 loss) but it’s fair to say Arsenal seem to have the advantage, statistically speaking. The Gunners have won 10 of their last 11 home games scoring 2 or more in each of them and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang has also scored 9 goals during that spell. 

Napoli have lost 2 of their last 3 away games, and have kept 1 clean sheet in their last 6. They’re sitting 20 points behind Juventus in the Serie A and have had a quiet season by their standards but Arkadiusz Milik has flourished in the starting 11. He’s scored 16 in 28 league appearances and also got off the mark in the Europa League where he scored within the first 15 minutes of each leg against Salzburg. 

Arsenal seem to have a lot going for them tonight and have been priced very generously at 27/20 to win.

Slavia v Chelsea

Slavia Prague are the surprise package of this year’s Europa League and have merely added to the shock factor after knocking out 5 time winners Sevilla in the last round. Slavia have scored 8 goals throughout their last 4 Europa knockout games and also ended the group stage with no goals conceded when playing at home. 

Unfortunately for the Czech’s they have to take on the current 7/4 tournament favourites, Chelsea. The Londoners swept aside Dynamo Kyiv 8-0 on aggregate last round and made their intentions very clear. Arguably the scariest thing about Chelsea’s Europa form has been the fact that Eden Hazard has only started one of the 10 games, Sarri will have him primed and ready for these latter stage games and it will only add to an already classy Chelsea side. 

Olivier Giroud is sitting on 9 goals for the tournament so far and scored a hat-trick in his last away EL appearance, he’s been largely impressive leading the line in this Chelsea Europa side which has been different to their usual domestic setup. 

Chelsea seem a good price at 7/10.

Benfica v Frankfurt

This tie could be the game of the quarters, Benfica have vast European experience and Frankfurt are taking part in their first ever major European quarter finals but it’s Frankfurt who come into this game in the stronger form.

Die Adler have been a serious threat in Europe, they won all 6 of their group stage games and have knocked out Shakthar and Inter in the knockouts. In the groups they averaged 2.83 goals a game and scored another 6 vs Shakthar, then won 1-0 over 2 legs against the Italians. 

Luka Jovic has been pivotal in Frankfurt’s rise this season, attracting plenty of attention from big clubs in the process. The 21 year old Serbian has bagged 24 goals in 36 games in all competitions this season, he’s been excellent in Frankfurt’s current 15 game unbeaten streak. 

Benfica are no push over, they qualified via extra time against Dinamo Zagreb but the glaring concern is that they haven’t scored more than 1 goal in a home European match since a 2-2 draw with Bayern in April of 2016. In recent months they’ve been picking up speed in their domestic league including a 10-0 win but they can’t quite seem to get it together on the big stage.

Frankfurt draw no bet seems worth a bet at 6/5.

Villarreal v Valencia

The Battle of the last 2 remaining Spaniards. 

Villarreal have been immense in this year’s competition, they’re yet to lose and seem to be doing all their goalscoring in Europe. In addition to the impressive Europa form they are unbeaten in 7 of their last 8 home games, but have only kept 1 clean sheet. Valencia are in a similar situation only losing 1 of their last 8 away games aswell.

Valencia left it very late to qualify last round with a 94thminute Guedes equaliser away in Krasnodar but they convincingly brushed aside Celtic in the previous round. Los Ches got knocked out of the Champions League in the winter by only 2 points, going unbeaten against Manchester United in the process who are now in the UCL quarters. 

The last 4 meetings between the two of them have ended with only one of the teams scoring and all have been under 2.5 goals. Can we expect a carbon copy tonight in an exciting Spanish tussle?

Under 2.5 goals is generally available at 4/6.

If you’re after an accumulator, slam all of my advised bets into an one and it’ll price up around this.

Arsenal win 27/20

Chelsea win 7/10

Frankfurt Draw no Bet 6/5

Villarreal v Valencia under 2.5 match goals 4/6.

Generally available as a 13/ 1 4 fold, treat yourself.