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CSKA certainly not an easy touch

CSKA certainly not an easy touch

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Arsenal are the last team standing to fly the flag for the Premier League in the Europa League and face a very tricky quarter-final tie when they take on CSKA Moscow.

In five home Europa League games so far this season, the Gunners have won three, drawn one and lost one, so the Emirates Stadium may not be as big an advantage as you might expect for the first leg on Thursday evening.

Add to that the pressure of trying to build a useful lead to take to Russia for the return leg against a CSKA side who won 3-2 at highly-rated Lyon in their last away game.

That points to a tense tussle on Thursday and 4/1 for a draw could be an option to consider, while it seems a reasonable suggestion that both teams will score during the game, and at 23/20 that could offer a small return.

The meeting of Atletico Madrid and Sporting Lisbon in the Spanish capital also looks like an intriguing prospect, with the hosts having sailed through two rounds after dropping out of the Champions League unexpectedly.

An 8-1 aggregate success against Lokomtiv Moscow in the last-16 points to the class Atleti possess and also suggests that they play with a little more freedom than they do in La Liga.

Therefore, 12/5 for over 3.5 total goals in the game appears to be a decent prospect, while the value in the ‘to score at anytime in the game’ market appears to lie with Fernando Torres, priced at 27/20.

The third tie of the evening sees Salzburg head to the Italian capital to face a Lazio side who have had an unlikely goalscoring hero in recent games.

Former Liverpool midfielder Lucas has found the net in each of his last three outings, having done so just once in his previous 37 appearances following his summer arrival.

He is still a lengthy 27/4 to score at any time against Salzburg, while at 19/1 he would offer a major return should he score the first goal of the game in Rome.

However, his side will be up against a Salzburg team unbeaten in 33 games, a run stretching back to August of last year, which suggests that 29/20 for the Austrian outfit to reach the semi-finals is well worth considering.

Finally, RB Leipzig play host to Marseille, whose pedigree was shown in the last round as they overpowered Athletic Bilbao 5-2 on aggregate.

Lucas Ocampos was one of the stars of that tie and the Argentinian midfielder has five goals in his last five games to his name, so 9/2 to score at any time on Thursday has plenty of merit.

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