Two English teams, one from Spain and one from Germany make up the Europa League’s final four. It’s been a long journey for most of these teams. And it’s about to get even tougher as the battle for supremacy gets tighter.
If you’re like most football fans, you’re probably – not-so-secretly – wishing for a Arsenal versus Chelsea Europa League (EL) final.
Who wouldn’t want a London derby as a game for the EL final? Not the Germans as they will be rooting for Eintracht Frankfurt. Rule the Spanish out too as they will be going all out for Valencia.
Regardless of who is backing who, only two teams can feature in the final match which will be played at the Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan. And before that final game, there’s the minor issue of the semi-final hurdle.
All four teams involved still have plenty to do, especially over both legs of their semi-final clashes. That means there’s plenty of action still to be seen before the season is over. Likewise, there’s also plenty to be won from the remaining games in the 18/19 EL season.
To help your betting adventures, I’ve searched out some five betting trends which you should find useful. Chances are you’ve seen these trends, numbers and stats before. Feel free to look again if you have. Feel free to stop reading here if you’re not the biggest betting fan around town.
Give the next few lines all your attention if you’ve not looked up the stats for these semi-final games.
Valencia’s Impressive Competitive Record Against Arsenal
Both sides have not faced each in the last decade. The last meeting (a friendly) between both sides came in 2009. The last competitive meeting was in 2003, in the UEFA Champions League, a game Valencia won 2-1.
Valencia will be looking past Arsenal’s impressive home record in this game. They will be heavily banking on their favorable history against Arsenal. The visitors have won two of the previous four H2Hs against Arsenal in Europe (W2, D2, L1).
A Game of
Thronesthe Highest Scorers
Chelsea’s semi-final game in Germany sees the two highest scoring sides in the competition go head-to-head. This season, Chelsea has scored 30 goals in the Europa League. Their 28 goals scored so far this season puts Eintracht Frankfurt in second.
It may be the first meeting between both sides. However, it seems this first meeting will birth a lot of goals. Chelsea has scored 18 knockout goals – an average of three goals per game – so far, their more impressive record being that they have not lost a single game since the knockout stages began.
The Blues will face a formidable side in Eintracht Frankfurt, a side that knows how to get their goals. They’ve also shown that match their opponent’s goal-scoring prowress, with both teams scoring in three of their last six knockout games.
Arsenal’s Formidable Home Record
Forget their away woes. Let’s pretend for a minute that the Gunners have not conceded nine goals in their last three games. Unai Emery’s men know how to play their home games. They’ve kept clean sheets in all three home knockout games they’ve played this season.
With eight goals scored in those three games, they’ve average over 2,5 goals at home since February this season.
Frankfurt’s German Fortress
They may be suffering a bad patch of form in recent times. However, E. Frankfurt has heavily relied on their strong home advantage this season. It’s part of what has helped them thus far in their Europa League campaign.
They are unbeaten in five of their six previous European home games against English sides, winning twice, drawing three games and losing only once. Fondly referred to as ‘the Eagles,’ they have never lost a home game in the Europa League – they’ve won nine games and drawn twice.
You know what they say about stats. Although they do not reveal everything, they’re still worth considering, right? If you were to make an accumulator bet from just these two games, what would your bet slip look like?
Drop your comments and share your thoughts with me. I’d love to hear how you intend making some cash from these Europa League games.
Author: Rotimi “Papi the Great” Daramola
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