By News Team
13th April 2021
The second leg of the quarter finals kick off Thursday evening with both Manchester United and Arsenal looking to progress from their respective ties. United had the perfect start last week but the same cannot be said for the Gunners.
Here are our previews of their respective matches. Use our bet calculator to work out your potential winnings.
Red Devils with one foot in the next round
Manchester United are the favourites to win the Europa League this season (Evens) and they look set to progress safely through into the semi-finals Thursday evening. They hold a two-goal advantage over Granada, the 200/1 outsiders at this phase of the tournament.
United controlled the first leg of the tie enjoying 68% of possession. Star forward Marcus Rashford opened the scoring while it was their main man Bruno Fernandes who put the game to bed with a 90th minute penalty.
The Red Devils come into the tie in great form, having only lost one of their last 18 fixtures in all competitions and are fresh off an impressive victory against Spurs. They’re the 1/150 favourites to progress, while Bruno Fernandes is 21/20 to score at any time again.
For Granada, who currently sit eighth in La Liga, it will be hard to pull back a two-goal deficit and will need something special to beat the Red Devils at 6/1.
Arteta’s men need to avoid a crumble
Arsenal had a miserable first leg at home to Slavia Prague. From their 11 shots, they only registered two on target and missed plenty of decent opportunities. They managed to get on the scoresheet in the 86th minute and looked to have done the business until a defensive disaster class defending a corner saw Slavia Prague score in the dying embers of the game.
Despite the disappointing result, Arsenal are still second-favourites to win the Europa League at 4/1. At times this season, Mikel Arteta’s men have looked like they can spar for a Champions League spot but at others they’ve look disjointed and lazy. If the Gunners can find that consistency, then they could potentially begin their rise back to the Arsene Wenger days. Winning the Europa League is their last realistic chance of European football next season and would be a massive boost for them.
The Gunners are favourites for Thursday night, and a dominant display against Sheffield United over the weekend can only be positive ahead of this one. The only issues that Arteta have to deal with are the absence of Kieran Tierney and the knock that Bukayo Saka picked up. If Saka is out as well, it could be a huge blow to the Gunners who are 1/2 to progress.
Slavia Prague are no pushovers having knocked out Leicester and Rangers in previous rounds. They are 18/5 to beat Arsenal here and it‘s worth remembering that they have an away goal to their name.