With another week of Europa League, at SBR we have free betting picks for the Europa League quarter-finals first leg clashes taking place across Europe on Thursday’s afternoon.
Granada CF vs. Manchester United FC
Thursday, April 8, 2021 – 03:00 PM EDT at Los Carmenes
Man Utd should be full of confidence as they head to Spain for this crucial game against Granada. The Red Devils are unbeaten in 10 Premier League games, and they battled to an impressive victory over a strong AC Milan team in the last round of the Europa League. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have a very strong midfield and plenty of quick, dynamic forwards, including Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, and Daniel James.
That could spell bad news for Granada. They have lost their last two league games in Spain, and they only scraped past an unheralded Molde side in the Europa League Round of 16. Granada was playing in Spain’s second division a couple of years ago, so their ascent has been remarkable. However, they operate on a shoestring budget compared to Man Utd, and they could find themselves overwhelmed on Thursday.
UEL Pick: Manchester United to Win and Under 4.5 goals at -115 with Bovada (visit our Bovada Review)
Arsenal vs. SK Slavia Prague
Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 03:00 PM EDT at Emirates Stadium
Arsenal faces a stern test of their mettle when they host Slavia Prague this week. The Czech team knocked Leicester out of the competition in the Round of 32 and then beat Scottish champions Rangers in the Round of 16. Slavia Prague is also unbeaten in their domestic league this season, with 20 wins and five draws from 25 games, and they look very solid at the back.
The Gunners limped to a dismal 3-0 defeat to Liverpool on Saturday, a result that left them 10th in the Premier League table. That is an embarrassing state of affairs for rookie manager Mikel Arteta, and he will need to work hard to galvanize his players ahead of this clash. Yet he can take solace from a recent 2-1 win against Tottenham, and strong performances to get past Benfica and Olympiakos in the last two rounds of this competition. A lot will depend on the starting line-ups. If Bukayo Saka returns from injury, he should give Arsenal the energy they need to edge this game.
Ajax vs. AS Roma
Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 03:00 PM EDT at Amsterdam Arena
This looks like the most evenly matched clash in the quarter-finals. Ajax has sold many of their brightest young players in recent years, including Frenkie de Jong and Donny van de Beek, but they have a solid core of experienced stars. They are comfortably top of the Eredivisie table, and they blew Swiss side Young Boys away in the last round of the Europa League.
Roma has slipped down to seventh in the Serie A table after taking just one point from their last three games. However, they destroyed a strong Shakhtar Donetsk team in the Europa League last month. They look weak at the back in the absence of the injured Chris Smalling, but they have plenty of options in attack, including veteran forward Edin Dzeko, Borja Mayoral, Lorenzo Pellegrini, and Carles Perez. They are likely to concede in this game, but they have enough quality to score against Ajax.
GNK Dinamo Zagreb vs. Villarreal CF
Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 03:00 PM EDT at Stadion Maksimir
Dinamo Zagreb stunned everyone by surging to a 3-0 victory over Tottenham last month. That saw the Croatian champions overcome a 2-0 first-leg defeat and surge through to the next round, where they face another difficult challenge against in-form La Liga outfit Villarreal.
Unai Emery’s men have won three games in a row in La Liga, and they made short work of Dynamo Kiev in the Europa League Round of 16. Forward Gerard Moreno is on fire in attack, while Paco Alcacer, Carlos Bacca, and Moi Gomez are also dangerous, and Dani Parejo and Etienne Capoue form a strong midfield partnership. Emery is a serial winner of this competition, and Villarreal should win it if they treat Dinamo Zagreb with the requisite level of respect and play to their full potential.
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