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Gunners full of strike options

Gunners full of strike options


Having seen Barcelona suffer a stunning Champions League exit earlier in the week, Arsenal will be keen to avoid a similar fate in the Europa League.

Like Barca, the Gunners hold a 4-1 lead from the first leg of their quarter-final tie with CSKA Moscow, but they will be well aware that the job has not been done just yet.

However, having won their last six games in all competitions, Arsenal should be bouncing when they head to the Russian capital and they appear to have found the answer to their striking problems, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ineligible to feature in this competition.

Danny Welbeck has scored four goals in his last three games, while Alexandre Lacazette has three in three following his return from injury.

Not surprisingly both forwards are short prices to score at any time, so 17/4 for Lacazette to score the first goal of the game and 21/4 for Welbeck offer better options.

Elsewhere, Sporting Lisbon will think they are still in with a chance against Atletico Madrid, despite a 2-0 first-leg loss in Spain.

However, they are yet to defeat Atleti in three previous meetings and the Spanish side are notoriously difficult to break down and 23/10 for a draw in the Estadio Jose Alvalade appears to be a decent prospect.

No goal to be scored in the game at 6/1 also has some merit if Atleti are in a typically stoic mood.

The second leg between RB Leipzig and Marseille is poised to be a thriller after the Germans secured a 1-0 home win in the first leg.

The French side have failed to score in their last two games, but, despite that, they still seem to be very decent value at 11/4 to reach the semi-final stage of the Europa League.

That feeling is only strengthened when you consider that Leipzig suffered a 4-1 home Bundesliga stuffing by Bayer Leverkusen on Monday

The final quarter-final second leg promises goals, with Salzburg hoping to overturn a 4-2 deficit from their trip to Lazio a week ago.

The Austrians were unbeaten in more than 30 games before being downed in the Italian capital and they followed that up with a 1-0 loss to ASK Linz in a league fixture last weekend.

However, they are hard to ignore at 15/4 to reach the last four, while Salzburg at 5/1 to win by a two-goal margin is also a worthwhile proposition.

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Adrian Mills Adrian has enjoyed a journalistic career spanning over three decades, with cricket his specialised topic. He also has a wealth of knowledge on football, golf and tennis and has the stats to back up his betting advice.