Napoli vs Arsenal
Against all odds, Arsenal recorded a routine 2-0 win over star-studded Napoli in the Europa League quarter-finals, first leg. The Gunners extended their winning run at home in the European competition to four games, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Thursday’s football match at Stadio San Paolo.
Aaron Ramsey, who will leave the capital club in the summer, has been in a thrilling form of late, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay. Napoli, on the other hand, have no other choice but to go all guns blazing at Arsenal in the return leg and we are positive that they will leave their hearts on the field in the Stadio San Paolo showdown. The Neapolitans produce much better performances at home than on the travels, therefore, we believe that Carlo Ancelotti’s troops are going to emerge triumphant in the return leg.
Napoli to win 2:0 in normal time at 1.72
Chelsea vs Slavia Prague
Despite the fact that coach Maurizio Sarri rested several first-team regulars in the first leg, Chelsea eventually defeated Slavia Prague at Sinobo Stadium. As a result, the Blues are with one foot in the Europa League semis, but they can’t afford any complacency in the return leg. It is well known that Chelsea have turned their Stamford Bridge into a real fortress and seeing that Slavia Prague need to adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday’s football game, we are positive that the hosts will have a number of chances to score on the break.
The Czechs must be low on confidence ahead of the trip to London and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling the Blues’ party at Stamford Bridge. Olivier Giroud failed to find the net in the 1-0 win over Slavia in Prague, but the French international is widely expected to lead the line for the hosts in the second leg.
Chelsea to win 2:0 at 1.31
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Benfica
Thanks to a 4-2 win over ten-man Eintracht Frankfurt Benfica moved one step closer to booking their place in the Europa League semis. The Portuguese Eagles proved their worth in the first leg, but coach Bruno Lage must warn his men against complacency. A man to watch in the away team will be Portugal rising star Joao Felix, who scored a hat-trick in the first leg.
Eintracht Frankfurt are enjoying a very successful season and they are definitely capable of overcoming the deficit at their PSD Bank Arena. Die Adler are a real force to be reckoned with at home and seeing that Serbian striker Luka Jovic looks unstoppable at the moment, we are tempted to put our money on the Bundesliga outfit. You should bear in mind that Eintracht are eyeing their fifth home win of the season in the Europa League.
Eintracht to win 3:2 at 1.8
Valencia vs Villarreal
Thanks to two late goals Valencia recorded a 3-1 win over Villarreal at Estadio de la Ceramica in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-finals. Los Che proved their worth in the first leg, but they will surely stick to their attacking style of play in Thursday’s football match. It is well known that Valencia are a real force to be reckoned with at home and the fact that they recorded a win in each of their previous seven home games in the Europa League is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Villarreal.
The Yellow Submarine have slim chances of booking their place in the semis of the second best European competition, but hope dies last. Santi Cazorla and Co. are likely to go all guns blazing at los Che on Thursday evening and we believe that fans will see a real football festival at Estadio de Mestalla.
Draw 2:2 at 4.0
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