Arsenal Look Like Europa League Contenders
Arsenal now have two chances of qualifying for the Champions League. They are back in the hunt for a top four finish in the Premier League and in the last 16 of the Europa League. The second option is more likely because Tottenham, Manchester United and Chelsea are contenders for the two Champions League places up for grabs. Manager Unai Emery won the Europa League with Sevilla in 2014, 2025 and 2016 so knows what it takes. ARSENAL are 5/1 with Betfair to win it this season.
Emery takes Europe’s second level competition seriously and will probably play a strong team against Rennes in France today in the first leg of this last 16 tie. Arsenal have won six of their last eight matches in the Europa League and should improve that record on the road against Rennes. The hosts are currently 10th in the French league but over perform in Europa. However, a weakened defense will struggle to prevent an ARSEANL win and that outcome is Evens with Paddy Power.
Chelsea are at home to Dynamo Kiev in the first match of their tie in the round of 16. The Blues are one of just five clubs to have won three separate European competitions. They could also qualify for the Champions League by two routes but league position looks more realistic. Even though Chelsea are the favourites to win the Europa League it’s a long journey to the final in Baku at the end of May. They can get a step closer against Kiev and CHELSEA -1 is the bet at 4/5 with Betfair.
At a time when trainers are striking about poor levels of prize funding Chelmsford should be applauded for putting up decent money. The track stages two AW Championships Fast Track Qualifiers tonight. The more competitive race is the Class 2 contest over two miles at 6.25. Grey Britain has the highest rating in the field while Amade won well over the distance last time out. However, AIRCRAFT CARRIER is a progressive stayer and can oblige at 5/2 with Paddy Power.