The stage is set for the exciting Europa League semifinal showdown as two of the four semifinalists, Arsenal and Atletico Madrid square off against each other in what promises to be a scintillating contest at the Emirates. Thursday night’s classic encounter is scheduled to start at 8:05 GMT.
The Gunners made their way into the last 4 stage with a goal-fest two legged quarterfinal tie against Russian club CSKA Moscow. Arsenal had a blistering night in the home leg as they toppled the visitors with 4-1 score-line. Aaron Ramsey and Alexandre Lacazette scored twice for the Gunners as they had a comfortable home outing. Carrying the 3 goal lead into the second leg at Russia, Arsenal were given the hard time by Moscow with early 2 goal lead. However, Arsene Wenger’s troops came back strong in the game and leveled the match with two late goals, winning the knockout tie by a 6-3 aggregate score-line.
Meanwhile, the home side had a terrific outing in their latest home clash against West Ham United in the Premier League. The Gunners managed a 4-1 emphatic victory against the London rivals which has provided much needed momentum ahead of the imperious clash against Spanish sensations. Arsenal will be eyeing a stellar lead in the home fixture as they are in need of the Europa triumph for the passage into next season’s Champions League competition.
On the other hand, Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid had a nervy second-leg quarterfinal clash against Sporting CP. The visitors went on to lose the away leg by 1-0 margin. However, a comfortable 2-0 win in the first-leg paved the way for Atletico Madrid into the semifinal showdown with a 2-1 aggregate score-line. Koke and French striker Antoine Griezmann were in the score-sheet for Los Colchoneros as they had a comfortable home outing.
However, the visitors are not having resounding touch in the domestic season. Atletico come into this game following a winless last two game in the La Liga. Simeone’s men were held to a disappointing goalless draw by Real Betis in their last league fixture. With momentum against them at the moment, Atletico must find the composure in order to bag a significant lead in the away leg.
The Gunners are facing a serious injury concern as most of the prominent players remain doubtful for the game. German superstar Mesut Ozil, who is caught by a flu, is doubtful for the important home clash.
Similarly, new-sining Henerikh Mkhitaryan is expected to be sidelined for the game following a collateral ligament injury.
Furthermore, Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech remains out of the action due to the long sustained hip injury.
In addition, midfielder Jack Wilshere and defender Sead Kolasinac are out of the action for the club following an ankle injury.
The visitors will travel to London without the service of Spanish striker Diego Costa, who remains out of the action due to the thigh injury.
Similarly, defender Filipe Luis remains sidelined for the game as he is still recovering from the broken leg.
Arsenal vs Atletico Madrid Prediction
Thursday’s face-off will be the first time these two European juggernauts collide against each other in the European platform.
With the home advantage in their bag, the Gunners will be looking forward to topple the Spanish rivals who look a bit uncanny at the moment.
With expected stellar performances from both the sides, we predict a 2-1 advantage for the Gunners.
Arsenal vs Atletico Madrid Betting Tips
For the football fans who are thinking about betting on Arsenal vs Atletico Madrid, the chances of earning is high if you place the bet on Atletico Madrid. In bet365, the odd for Atletico Madrid winning the game is 17/10, and for Arsenal it is 6/4. Meanwhile, if you wish to bet on draw, the odd is 12/5.
Meanwhile, if you are willing to place a bet on a single player to score, you can go for Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey. The prolific midfielder has been in the score-sheet in his last three games across all competitions.