Atletico Madrid looking like Arsenal’s only obstacle for Europa League glory

After another disappointing season, Arsenal’s one and only silver lining has been the opportunity to scoop Europe’s second greatest prize, as they move into the latter stages of the Europa League. They’ve become one of the key favourites to win this year’s Europa League trophy, but they face their greatest challenge from a fierce Atletico Madrid side.

Some criticism heads in the direction of the Europa League due to it being technically inferior to the Champions League but there’s plenty of suspense and action in it, so it would be wrong to completely rule it out. Fortunately, websites like TeamFA cover both competitions through their own football tips , previews, predictions and all the best odds.

Atletico current frontrunners

With odds of 13/10, Atletico Madrid are clear favourites to win the Europa League, backed up by winning every game since they came into it. They’ve played five games so far, scoring fifteen goals and conceding just two, which is a formidable set of statistics. Diego Simeone has been known for his organisation as Atleti boss, but it’s been backed up by the form of Antoine Griezmann, who’s scored twenty-five goals over all competitions, contributing a further eleven assists in the process.

Other key players include Filipe Luis, Saul Niguez, Thomas Partey, Koke, Diego Godin, Diego Costa and Jan Oblak, with there being further depth throughout the squad in practically every position. Even considering their strength, most punters are preferring Arsenal, with only 30% of people betting on the outright Europa League winner opting for the La Liga outfit.

Arsenal are as capable as their Spanish rivals

Over 40% of people voting for a specific Europa League winner outright are backing Arsenal. This says a lot about how much they’ve dominated in the tournament, most impressively away to AC Milan, who were defensively sound before The Gunners came out on top by two goals to nil. Arsenal currently entertain odds of 13/5 and they remain second favourite even after the bookies saw so many people favouring them.

The players at Arsene Wenger’s disposal are arguably strong enough to make it all the way to the final and even win the tournament but the unavailability of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will make things far harder for Arsenal. They have to go without their January super-signing after he was cup tied through appearing for Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, which is even harder to take after he’s scored six goals in seven games so far.

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