Arsenal underdogs against Atletico in semis

Arsenal will have to do it the hard way if they are to return to next season's Champions League after being drawn to play Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-finals.

It was the hardest possible draw for the Gunners, who have drifted to 100-30 to win the competition and 13-8 with bet365 to progress past the Spanish side in their two-legged tie with the first leg at the Emirates.

Atletico, under the stewardship of Diego Simeone, sit second in La Liga and possess a front two of Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa that should test Arsenal's creaky defence.

Simeone's men are 5-4 market leaders to win the Europa League, while in the other semi-final Marseille are favourites to overcome surprise package Salzburg.

Europa League semi-final draw: Marseille v Salzburg, Arsenal v Atletico. Ties on April 28 and May 3.

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Real Madrid v Liverpool

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  • Real have won just one of their last four Champions League meetings against English opposition
Expert verdict
Real Madrid have lifted the Champions League in three of the past four seasons but they could struggle to retain their crown against a lively Liverpool. Real have been the dominant force in Europe, with last year’s 4-1 thumping of Juventus in the final in Cardiff showcasing their superiority. However, Zinedine Zidane’s men have not bumped into a front three like the Reds’ often - Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have netted 29 of their 40 Champions League goals this season - and they are vulnerable to the counter-attack.

 

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