Odds Boost Chelsea v Eintracht Frankfurt
Odds Boost Valencia v Arsenal
Another series of boosted odds this time in the Europa League as we give you the chance to grab odds at 10% better than other online bookmakers are offering on the 2 English clubs in Thursday's semi-finals winning to ensure safe passage to the final.
It's been an odd kind of season at Chelsea which perhaps given their general managerial merry-go-round isn't necessarily that surprising. An excellent start quickly unravelled into a side that became a little predictable and then descended into total chaos following transfer bans and player descent on the pitch. Still they have quietly snuck into 3rd place in the league ensuring that their stay in this competition will be temporary and their 1-1 draw in Frankfurt last week puts them within touching distance of a 2nd final in 2019.
The 2 teams in this fixture had very differing experiences in between legs this weekend with Chelsea completing a comfortable 3-0 victory over Watford while Eintracht's hopes of a Champions League place next year were dealt a major blow as they received a 6-1 hammering at the hands of Leverkusen. In fact, Eintracht have won just once in their last 7 appearances in all competitions, a run of bad form that has certainly come at just the wrong time.
Eintracht are a naturally attacking side and it is no coincidence that their goal scoring threat has diminished in recent games due the injury sustained by Sebastian Haller who alongside Frankfurt's scorer from the first leg, Jovic, has been in tremendous form this season. In general Eintracht will be happy to sit and wait for their chance on the counter attack against a Chelsea side that are more comfortable playing a possession based game.
Chelsea's last appearance in this competition back in 2013 saw them defeat Benfica in the final and the Blues are now on a staggering 16 game unbeaten run in the Europa League (the longest in the competition's history). Despite being a little erratic away from home this year, Chelsea have lost just once at Stamford Bridge in 2019 and they are rightly the firm favourites to progress to the final.
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Valencia v Arsenal
Talk about a side blowing hot and cold. Arsenal were excellent in the first leg against Valencia and were equally adept on their travels to Napoli in the Quarter-Finals. However, mixed in between those 2 European triumphs has been a run of 4 straight league defeats which has seen their chances of a Champions League place for next year all but evaporate. That is unless of course they can find a way to win this competition and sneak via the back door.
Their opponents in this fixture are embroiled within their own fight for a top 4 spot and similar to Arsenal have struggled to put together a convincing run of late season form. Their 2-6 victory at bottom club Huesca was Valencia's first victory in 3 matches in La Liga and underlines a frustrating year for the club which has seen them draw a massive 16 games in the league. Arsenal manager Unai Emery will know all about the atmosphere that the fan can create at the Mestalla having managed there between 2008 and 2012 before he moved onto Sevilla where he won 3 consecutive Europa League titles. If anyone can, it would appear Unai can....
The big question for Arsenal and one that has troubled them all year, will be whether to start with both Lacazette and Aubameyang. An away goal would be a massive bonus for Arsenal and a 2nd would essentially end the tie. The 2 did start together away at Napoli in a game in which Arsenal were happy to surrender 70% of the possession. The North Londoners did an effective job of smothering Napoli's attacking intentions on that occasion before knicking a goal from a free-kick and they will no doubt have a plan to pull off something similar in Spain tomorrow.
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