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Europa League is heating up with quarter-finals set to kick off in April. Eight strong contenders from top European leagues will eye on coming through a crucial stage. Ajax and Roma will face off in the highlight game, with Ajax holding an edge to win the first-leg at Europa League quarter-finals odds.
Four spectacular games of the Europa League quarter-finals are coming up, with the first leg to be played on 8 April. As online sportsbook news sites in Italy reported, the return leg will take place a week after on 15 April. The easiest game of four is United vs Granada. Needless to say, United are the massive favorites at Europa League quarter-finals odds.
The most anticipated game is Ajax vs Roma. The two teams are strong contenders for the title. Thus, this game promises to be the most exciting one and a very tough test for both contenders. Whereas, the other two games are Zagreb vs Villarreal and Arsenal vs Slavia Prague which also may end up with stunning results. If you wish to see the odds of all the games, you can check out our review about 888sport. Without further ado, here is our brief analysis of each of the four fixtures.
Ajax vs Roma promises to be the most exciting of all
The Dutch powerhouse and the Italian capital club are about to meet for the first time in nearly 20 years. The Italians Roma made quick work of Braga in the round of 32, then they won against Shakhtar Donetsk in the round of 16. While Roma are less favorite to win the title, they have the best scoreline among all quarter-finals contenders. Roma have progressed with a 23-7 scoreline.
The dominance of Roma is yet to hit the toughest test against the Amsterdam-based outfit Ajax who captured the Eredivisie title. Ajax will be the hosts in the first leg. Therefore, they enjoy better Europa League quarter-finals odds over Roma. The value is 2.05 for Ajax to win, while Roma stand at 3.05, according to 888sport.
United have the best Europa League quarter-finals odds
United are coming off a big win over one of the previous favorites to capture the Europa League title, AC Milan. It was a tough game for United but they managed to overcome with a 2-1 win on aggregate. United have a lot of momentum to repeat their Europa League success from 2017. That has become more realistic when they drew against Granada in the quarter-finals.
Granada are the massive underdogs left in the competition. This is their Europa League debut. But, they showed no fear to anyone in the Europa League. Granada have eliminated Napoli in the round of 32 and Molde in the round of 16. However, knocking off United will be a huge upset. At 888sport, United hold 1.63 odds to win, while Granada are 5.00.
Zagreb vs Villarreal another tough clash
Another exciting game is between Croatia’s Dinamo Zagreb and Spain’s Villarreal. Zagreb are coming off a stunning win over Tottenham in the round of 16. Croatia’s team were in crisis facing elimination before they made a massive comeback winning 3-2 over Tottenham on aggregate. Now, Zagreb prepare for their next fixture against Villarreal, a team they met last time in the group stages of Europa League 2011.
Zagreb and Villarreal each won one leg ten years ago. Now, they are back to clash at a more significant stage. Zagreb are the underdogs with 3.05, despite hosting the first leg, while Villarreal value 2.20.
Arsenal unfairly favored over Slavia Prague
The two teams faced off in the group stage of the 2007 Champions League. Slavia Prague then endured a harsh loss of 7-0 on aggregate. But, that happened a long time ago. Now Prague are viewed completely different. They eliminated Leicester in the round of 32 and then won 3-1 against Scottish champions Rangers on aggregate in the round of 16.
Whereas, Arsenal who progressed to the quarter-finals for the third time in four seasons face a difficult year. They in fact advanced despite losing 1-0 to Olympiacos in the round of 16. At Europa League quarter-finals odds, Arsenal are the favorites with a 1.44 value, and Prague are 6.10. These odds seem unfair for the Czech outfit that did so much better than Arsenal in the competition so far.