United 2-9 to see off Celta in Europa semis

Manchester United are evens favourites with BetBright to win the Europa League after drawing Celta Vigo in the semi-finals.

The tournament winners will earn a spot in the Champions League and that path is now clearly a better option than finishing in the top four for Jose Mourinho's side.

United are 2-9 with bet365 to progress past 3-1 pokes Celta in the last four, although Mourinho's men needed extra-time to see off Anderlecht in the quarter-finals in a game that saw Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo depart early because of injuries.

Should the Red Devils overcome the Spanish side they will meet Ajax or Lyon in the final in Stockholm on May 24. Lyon are 4-7 favourites with bet365 to see off 5-4 Ajax.

There will be no repeat of last season's Champions League final after Real Madrid were drawn to play Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals to pit the two arch-rivals together in Europe's premier club competition for the fourth season running.

Real have certainly had the better of Atletico in those head-to-head clashes, coming through on every occasion, and Zinedine Zidane's side are 4-6 favourites to once again beat their rivals with Hills rating Atletico standout 2-1 underdogs.

Swashbuckling Monaco will meet defensively savvy Juventus in the other semi-final - the Italians are 1-2 with Hills to progress through to the final at the expense of the Ligue 1 leaders, who are available at 9-4 with bet365.

Monaco have been the revelation of this season's competition but it was still the best possible draw for Juventus and Max Allegri's men are the new favourites to win the competition with some bookmakers.

Juve are 7-4 with Sky Bet, while Real have been pushed out to
9-5 by Betfair. Atletico are 4-1 shots with Monaco at 8-1.

Champions League semi-final draw: Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid, Monaco v Juventus. First legs to be played May 2 & 3, second legs on May 9 & May 10.

Europa League semi-final draw: Ajax v Lyon, Celta Vigo v Man Utd. Matches to be played May 4 & May 11

 

Match in Focus

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Eibar v Ath Bilbao

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Athletic are without a draw in their last 15 matches
Expert verdict
Eibar triumphed in this Basque battle last season but Athletic have won the two subsequent matches between the clubs. Hosts Eibar are in good form – only three defeats in 14 fixtures – and Athletic haven't been posing much of a threat on the road with just 12 goals scored and six blanks so this should be low-scoring.

 

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