Gunners given tough draw in Europa League

Arsenal have drifted to 6-1 with bet365 to win the Europa League after being handed a difficult last-16 draw against Serie A improvers Milan.

The Gunners, who struggled past Swedish minnows Ostersund 4-2 on aggregate in the previous round, will have to step up their game and Arsene Wenger will almost certainly need to select a strong side if his team are to justify their tag as favourites to progress.

Bet365 are already betting on the first leg in Italy and rate Milan 6-4, Arsenal 7-4 and the draw is 23-10.

Milan, 14-1 in the outright market, made a poor start to the campaign following a heavy summer of spending, but have found better form since Rino Gattuso replaced Vincenzo Montella in the San Siro hotseat.

Much-talked about teenage goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma is the last line of a Milan defence led by centre-back Leonardo Bonucci, while midfielders Franck Kessie and Hakan Calhanoglu are two summer arrivals who have started to find their feet.

Milan, unbeaten in 11 with only four goals conceded, have former Liverpool man Suso as one of their creative forces and 11-goal youngster Patrick Cutrone has delivered since replacing expensive signings Andre Silva and Nikola Kalinic as the main striker.

Competition favourites Atletico Madrid have been drawn to play Lokomotiv Moscow and look the team to beat with the final in Lyon on May 16.

Europa League last-16 draw: Lazio v Dynamo Kiev, Leipzig v Zenit, Atletico Madrid v Lokomotiv Moscow, CSKA Moscow v Lyon, Marseille v Athletic Bilbao, Sporting v Plzen, Borussia Dortmund v Salzburg, Milan v Arsenal.

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Colombia v Japan

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  • Discounting 2002 when they had home advantage, Japan have played 13 matches at the World Cup finals and won just twice
Expert verdict
There has been chaos in the Japanese ranks with a late change of manager not helping their World Cup plans and they don't look ready to take on classy Colombia. The South Americans were quarter-finalists four years ago and anything like that kind of form should be too hot for Japan.

 

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