We take a look at the two second leg Europa League last 16 matches that feature English Premier League sides Chelsea and Arsenal and suggest a bet in each.
Let’s start with a quick look at the outright betting for this Tournament where Chelsea are now the favourites at 28/10 ahead of Napoli at 33/10. Arsenal are still on offer at 8/1 despite the fact that they trail from their first leg encounter and you can get 10/1 and better the balance – click here for outright betting.
Dynamo Kiev v Chelsea– click here to bet
Chelsea were too strong in the first leg winning 3-0 at home and Dynamo Kiev have a mountain to climb if they are to progress to the quarter-finals. They won their previous round 3-2 on aggregate over Olympiacos Piraeus, winning their home leg 1-0.
Chelsea remain undefeated in the Europa League and in their last 32 match they drew their away fixture 2-2 at MOL VIDI. Over 2.5 goals would have arrived in Chelsea’s last 5 Europa League matches.
Suggested bet: The draw at 5/2
Chelsea are worthy favourites for the match but with a lead of 3-0 going into this encounter I expect they will be quite content to shut their opponents down and the draw looks a big runner.
Arsenal v Rennes – click here to bet
Arsenal were stunned 3-1 away at Rennes in the first leg encounter and considering they started the game as 9/10 favourites this was certainly an upset. They now return home where they have won 3 of their 4 matches in the Europa League this season, including beating BATE 3-0 in the last round and they also had to come from behind to progress. Domestically they will be buoyed by 2-0 win over Manchester United on the weekend.
Rennes have played in some high scoring matches of late with the last 3 games in the Europa League all having 4 goals or more in them. Their last away game was a 3-1 win over Real Betis in the last 32 and they have won 2 and lost 2 of their 4 away games in this League.
Suggested bet: Over 3.5 goals at 12/10
Arsenal have no choice but to push forward here and that could leave them open at the back. This should be a very entertaining fixture and I expect it to follow the trend of recent Rennes matches and be high scoring.
Note: Prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change