Liverpool to reach UCL final, Arsenal to fall short against Atletico Madrid
Our 21/10 Home Banker landed as Manchester United scored at the death to beat Arsenal and give us a small profit for the weekend. All eyes return to Europe this week however with crunch semifinal return legs in both the Champions League and Europa League.
Running total: -£59.98
The Home Banker
Much was made of Liverpool losing their concentration and shipping two late goals against Roma at Anfield. But ask yourself this: on the evidence of that first leg can you really make a case for the Reds not scoring in Italy? Jurgen Klopp will surely send his team out to be positive and try and put the tie to bed with an early goal and help the Reds make it to a Champions League final for the first time in over a decade.
Selection: £5.50 on over 3.5 goals at 10/11 with bet365
The Tasty Treble
It's hard to make a case for Atletico Madrid (8/13) not beating Arsenal on Thursday given the Gunners played for over 80 minutes against 10men at the Emirates and could still only manage a 1-1 draw. Diego Costa will also be available for the hosts having made a return to action during their weekend win over Alaves. Atleti's city neighbours Real Madrid (23/20) should also be trusted to finish the job against Bayern Munich at the Bernabeu. Los Blancos have saved their best performances for the Champions League this season and will be in confident mood after winning 2-1 in Germany. In truth that result may have flattered them but the fact that Bayern have no choice but to go for the jugular on Tuesday evening should play into Madrid's hands. Finally FC Salzburg (21/20) have been well backed to beat Marseille in their Europa League semifinal return leg. They trail 2-0 on aggregate but were unlucky not to score in southern France and have a brilliant European record on home soil this season. The treble is paying just over 6/1 and looks to have every chance.
Selection: £3 on the treble at 6.11/1 with bet365
The Euro Wager
This could be Arsene Wenger's last hurrah in Europe with Arsenal and while they are not fancied to qualify for the final after fluffing their lines against 10 men at home, they will surely go down fighting so the bet in Spain could be Atletico to win and both teams to score.
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The Wildcard Tip
FC Salzburg showed enough in the first leg of their Europa League semi with Marseille to suggest they could yet overturn a 2-0 disadvantage. Salzburg have gone 38 games without defeat in their own stadium, a run stretching back to November 2016. They also overturned a 4-2 first leg result against Lazio in the quarterfinals, smashing home four second half goals on a crazy evening in Austria. With this in mind the 5/1 quote offered by bet365 on them qualifying for the final looks tempting.
The Bookie Basher
Roma caused one of the shocks of the season as they overturned a 4-1 first leg disadvantage to knock Barcelona out in the quarterfinals but we just don't see lightening striking twice at the Stadio Olimpico. Roma will look to make a bright start but it's going to be so difficult to keep Liverpool's rampaging forward line at bay and for this reason there could be some mileage in having a small punt on Roma to be ahead at half time but Liverpool winning the match.