Atletico are in the driving seat after Arsenal failed to capitalise against 10-men at the Emirates.
Atletico Madrid v Arsenal – Thursday
Arsenal missed a golden opportunity in the first leg as they failed to capitalize on Vrsaljko’s early bath, with Atletico’s famed defence limiting the result to a 1-1 stalemate. Diego Simeone’s dogged side have conceded just once at home in Europe this term, producing win to nil’s in each of their last four as they averaged two goals per game. Furthermore, they’ve conceded just four times at the Wanda Metropolitano in La Liga, shutting the opposition out in each of their last 11 across all competitions – emerging victorious in 10 of these.
Atletico Madrid v Arsenal [Atletico Madrid To Win To Nil]
The Gunners remain the only team in England’s top five division’s yet to register a point on the road in 2018. More worryingly they hold an atrocious record away to teams we have ranked in Europe’s top 10, losing 10 of 14 trips since 2008/09, and struggling in both attack and defence. Atletico have kept a clean sheet in nine of 12 fixtures hosting top-20 ranked sides since 2014/15, but with eight of these seeing fewer than three goalswe don’t expect them to thump Wenger’s side. Indeed, in the possession of an away goal, the second leg caters perfectly to their approach as they can pick the visitors off on the counter.
Tip: Under 2.5
Atletico Madrid v Arsenal [Total Goals Over/Under]
Antoine Griezmann struggled to find his feet during the first half of the season, but he’s been far more effective since the turn of the year after being partnered with Diego Costa. Griezmann has netted the final goal in three of Atletico’s last four Europa League games, and given the way Diego Costa has terrorized Arsenal in the past he should pave the way for his partner to find pockets of space.
Tip: Antoine Griezmann
Atletico Madrid v Arsenal [Last Goalscorer]
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