Arsenal Can Beat Atletico Tonight
For the last I don’t know how many years Arsenal fans have been baying for the blood of Arsene Wenger. The fans TV channels have got their wish but now they are seeing their long-standing manager through rose-coloured spectacles. It would be ironic if Arsenal won their first European trophy with Wenger in charge during his swansong. Arsenal are in the last four of the Europa League while bookmakers are quoting odds on their new manager. PATRICK VIERA has links with Manchester City but he would probably love to be the manager of Arsenal and he is 16/1 with bet365 to get the job and replace Wenger.
Arsenal are at home to Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the Europa League semi-finals this evening. The visitors are weakened by at least two significant injuries so Arsenal have a great opportunity to establish s decisive lead before the second match in Spain. Winning the Europa league is Arsenal’s only chance of qualifying for the Champions League next season and that would be a fitting legacy for Wenger. Atletico have conceded at least one goal in eight matches in England and they are missing two key defenders tonight. ARSENAL can take advantage and win the match and you can back that outcome at 13/8 with Betfair.
Willie Mullins had six winners at Punchestown yesterday and he has now edged ahead of Gordon Elliott in for the Irish Trainer’s title. Mullins also has a stronger hand today but there has been a bookmaker overreaction. The value now lies in backing Elliott at 11/2 to win the title for the first time. His team at Punchestown today is more about quantity than quality but stranger things have happened as they did on Tuesday when a jockey decided to miss out the last fence.
Mullins has the favourites in two Grade 1’s but Elliott is mob handed in the handicaps. Footpad should conform Cheltenham form with Petit Mouchoir so cannot be opposed in the novice chase at 6.40. The speculative bet of the day is FAUGHEEN in the champion stayer’s’ race at 5.30 and the horse can be backed at 8/1 with Paddy Power.