Europa League Quarter Finals Spread Review
Europa League Quarter-Finals Second Leg Spread Review
Football fans were treated to some fascinating Europa League clashes this week as Arsenal, Chelsea, Valencia and Eintracht Frankfurt ultimately prevailed. We witnessed great goals, dazzling displays of attacking brilliance and some utterly inept defending along the way. The semi-finals are shaping up to be entertaining affairs based on what has transpired thus far and Europa League spread betting gives you a great opportunity to ramp up the excitement levels following along yourself. Read on for a recap of all four Europa League quarter-final second leg clashes and a rundown of how the spread betting markets played out.
Arsenal Continue to Impress on European Stage
The Gunners travelled to Naples protecting a 2-0 lead after delivering a confident first leg performance. Yet Emery’s side have struggled on their travels this season and a fired-up Napoli had promised to give them a fight. In the event however, Carlo Ancelotti’s men were disappointing and rarely troubled Petr Cech.
Alexandre Lacazette fired in a brilliant free-kick in the first half to put the Gunners 3-0 ahead on aggregate, effectively sealing the tie as they went on to close out a comfortable victory. Napoli dominated possession, but did not use the ball well enough and Arsenal never looked troubled by the Serie A outfit.
There was no need for Arsenal to win the game, as a draw or even a narrow defeat would have sent them through to the semis, and for that reason they started the match as clear underdogs, with a Win Index of 6.5-8. Anyone that bought at 8 would have made a healthy profit of 17 times their stake as in this market a team is awarded 25 points for winning, 10 for drawing and 0 for losing. Therefore a stake of £10 per point would have netted a £170 profit.
However, the Napoli Win Index was quoted at 16-17.5, so buyers confident of a home victory would have seen a 17.5 point loss, as the Serie A side turned in an extremely underwhelming performance.
Napoli have been strong in front of goal this season, blessed with fine attacking talents like Dries Mertens, Lorenzo Insigne and Arkadiusz Milik, and with Arsenal having somewhat of a shaky defence many expected them to concede in this game. Yet the Gunners are also blessed with a phenomenal attack of their own, so the Total Goal Minutes market was set at 155-165. This market is a prediction of the cumulative total of the minutes at which each of the goals are scored.
Lacazette grabbed the game’s only goal on 36 minutes so anyone that sold on 155 would have earned 119 times their stake, but anyone that bought at 165 would have incurred a loss of 129 points.
Chelsea Through in Seven Goal Thriller
The Blues picked up a 1-0 first leg win in the Czech capital and were expected to wrap up a comfortable aggregate victory at Stamford Bridge on Thursday. They got off to a flying start, as Pedro struck after five minutes, then a Simon Deli own goal put them 2-0 up on the night before Olivier Giroud added a third. Tomas Soucek pulled one back for the visitors, but another Pedro goal restored Chelsea’s healthy lead.
Yet Chelsea made a sluggish start to the second half and a Petr Sevcik brace made it 4-3, setting up a tense finale. Chelsea dug deep and held on for a 5-3 aggregate triumph, but Maurizio Sarri will be alarmed by their defensive lapses.
The Total Goal Minutes market was 139-149 before the game, but seven goals later the market settled on 188, so anyone that bought at 149 would have been delighted when Sevcik slammed in his second goal of the night.
Frankfurt Book Semi-Finals Place by The Skin of Their Teeth
After a pulsating game in Lisbon the previous week, Germany’s only remaining European representatives Eintracht Frankfurt trailed Benfica 4-2 on aggregate but went into the tie full of confidence. Filip Kostic fired in the opener on 36 minutes and Sebastian Rode doubled their advantage midway through the second half, with Frankfurt going on to keep a clean sheet and progress to the semis on away goals.
The Supremacy Index was set at 0.6-0.8 in favour of Eintracht Frankfurt over Benfica meaning that if you bought at 0.8, you would have made a profit of 1.2 times your stake thanks to the margin of victory being two clear goals. It was a clean game, with just four yellow cards, so anyone selling on the Bookings Index (which was priced at 53-57) would have made a healthy return, with each yellow card worth 10 points, meaning that the market settled on 40 points, 12 below the sell price.
Valencia Put Compatriots to the Sword With 5-1 Aggregate Victory
Arsenal will face Valencia in the semis after Marcelino Garcia Toral’s men cruised to victory over fellow La Liga outfit Villarreal. 3-1 up after the first leg, the Valencians could have taken it easy at the Mestalla, but instead brushed Valencia aside 2-0 to make it 5-1 on aggregate. Valencia had just 39% possession, but made it count and were deadly in front of goal, whilst their impotent opponents were wasteful.
Valencia had a pre-match Win Index of 15.25-16.75, so anyone buying at 16.75 for £10 a point would have earned an £82.50 profit with the side earning 25 points for their win. Conversely those buying Villarreal would have lost 8.75 times their stake thanks to their spread of 7.25-8.75 and the market settling at 0. Valencia now face a daunting challenge against in-form Arsenal, but will take heart from this dominant performance.
Europa League Quarter-Final Second Leg Total Aggregates
The Aggregate Total Goals Market for these four games was 11.6-12 before a ball was kicked and largely thanks to that thriller at Stamford Bridge there were 12 goals in total, suggesting the traders got it spot on this time. Most of the goals were scored in the first half, so the Aggregate Total Goal Minutes worked out at 394. The index was set at 600-615, so anyone selling at 600 would have made a 206 point profit, while buyers would have seen a 221 point loss.
The Kick On! Market focuses on cumulative winning margins across each game, with 10 points for a one goal victory, 25 points for a two goal victory, 50 points for a three goal victory, 75 points for a four goal victory and 100 points for a victory of five or more goals. In the end, Arsenal and Chelsea won by a single goal, while Valencia and Eintracht Frankfurt each won by two goals, meaning the market settled at 70 points. With the spread set at 82-90, anyone buying at 90 would have lost out whilst sellers would have netted a 12 point return.
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