More European woe for Gunners


For a club with such a great history, Arsenal have not enjoyed much success in Europe and the Gunners may struggle to improve their sorry record when they face Napoli in the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

Arsenal won the Fairs Cup in 1970 and the Cup Winners’ Cup 25 years ago when they beat Parma in the final, but those have been their only triumphs in European competitions.

Napoli to draw at Arsenal @ 49/20

Unai Emery’s team have been excellent at home this season but dire on their travels and they may have to settle for a draw in Thursday’s first leg with Napoli, priced at 15/4 to win the Europa League, eventually progressing to the semi-finals.

Carlo Ancelotti looks set to guide the Italian club to the runners-up spot in Serie A while they have already knocked Zurich and Red Bull Salzburg out of the Europa League.

Eintracht Frankfurt to beat Benfica @ 21/10

Benfica could miss out on the semi-finals as they are coming up against an in-form Eintracht Frankfurt side that defeated Inter Milan in the last round.
Eintracht, 10/1 to win the Europa League, have been the big surprises in the Bundesliga this season and are currently fourth having put together an 11-match unbeaten run.

Adi Hutter’s side have won their last six league games and, in Luka Jovic and Sebastien Haller, they have two strikers in rich goalscoring form.
Benfica are in a tight title race with Porto domestically and may have to focus on that as the German side could have the edge in a high-scoring tie.

Chelsea to win by three goals @ 13/2

Slavia Prague are the weakest team left in the Europa League but they did edge past Sevilla in the last round so Chelsea will have to be wary of their Czech opponents.

Slavia are no mugs – they are running away with the Czech top-flight this season and do not concede many goals. However, if Eden Hazard can replicate the form he showed against West Ham on Monday, Maurizio Sarri’s team should ease to a routine victory.

Valencia to draw 0-0 at Villarreal @ 15/2

The all-Spanish affair sees relegation-threatened Villarreal entertain sixth-placed Valencia and Los Che should qualify for the semi-finals, although Thursday’s first leg could finish all-square.

Only Atletico Madrid have conceded fewer goals in La Liga than Valencia who will be happy to hold on for a goalless draw at Estadio de la Ceramica.

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