The 2018 Europa League Semifinal features clubs from four different nations (England, Spain, France and Austria) and will take place over the course of two legs, April 26th and May 3rd.

Atlético Madrid vs. Arsenal
Marseille vs. Salzburg

Odds to advance to the final on May 16th:

Atlético Madrid and Marseille opened as the favorites to meet in the final. Odds haven’t changed much on Marseille getting there, but bettors love Atlético Madrid, moving them up to -210 in their two-legged matchup over Arsenal.

Atlético Madrid are also the clear favorites to win the Europa League title heading into the semifinal matches. Salzburg have made quite a run and were available at +6000 just six weeks ago, but remain the loftiest dogs to hoist the trophy:

While it’s true that Atlético Madrid have the best odds to advance (-210) and lift the trophy (+105), they play the opening leg at Arsenal, a match in which they’re actually the underdogs. It may be a wiser decision for bettors who like Atlético Madrid to just back them in the opening leg at the Emirates Stadium instead of dealing with either futures bet. If Atlético happen to lose the opening leg, you’ll be able to find much better prices than -210 to advance and +105 to win the title.

After analyzing both opening legs and the betting market surrounding them, we’ve picked out two value plays for Thursday’s matches.

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