Europa League: Hazard to start ball rolling…

The attention turns to the Europa League this evening, after the drama of the Champions League over the last couple of days.

There is the possibility, as in the Champions League, that the final could consist of two Premier League teams.

Chelsea are at home to Eintracht Frankfurt with the first leg having finished 1-1. This suggests the Blues gave the advantage as all four teams that have drawn the first leg away in a Europa League semifinal have progressed through at home. Additionally, Chelsea have never lost a home leg to German opponents in all competitions.

We think Chelsea will win through, and we look to Eden Hazard to open the scoring – providing the Blues with a final as a leaving gift!

The second game sees Arsenal traveling to Valencia, with the London club carrying a 3-1 lead from the first leg.

The game is tricky to call. The Gunners have a nice lead but their form away from home has been pretty poor this season. It’s true they won in Naples in the quarterfinals but since then they have lost at Leicester, at Everton as well as at home to Crystal Palace.

Valencia have a very strong record at home and are sure to put Arsenal’s defence under pressure – a defence which has leaked 50 goals in the league for the second season in a row.

In a season on comebacks we’re going to predict another one here. Valencia are just under 3/1 to qualify but we’ll take a chance on a 2-0 correct score at 10/1.

Recommendations:

Chelsea/Eintracht Frankfurt: Hazard to score first, 1 pt, at 15/4, Unibet

Valencia/Arsenal: Valencia to win 2-0, 1 pt, widely available

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