Raiders vs Bulldogs
At some point the Raiders poor run to start the season will come to an end and tonight’s clash with the Bulldogs who have also shown a troubling inability to close out games. With just two wins as an away underdog from their last ten starts the Bulldogs do not like to travel. Somebody has to win this game and the Raiders are my tip to get their first points of the season.
Arsenal vs CSKA Moscow
As much fun as Arsenal’s Premier League form has been for punters, they are putting together a nice run through Europe’s second tier competition. Having drawn Russian opposition for their quarter final, they will be eager to kill off the tie before making the trip to Moscow, where the club has not fared well in the past. Add in the lingering issues outside of football and a big win for the Gunners is almost compulsory here and with a couple of clean sheets on their recent record, back them to add another to the tally.
Atletico Madrid vs Sporting Lisbon
One of the favourites for the Europa League title are heavily favoured to pick up an unassailable lead in the home leg of their quarter final tie. Both prior meetings between these teams have been stalemates with draws. With the Spanish side missing two key defenders so there will be plenty of pressure on the likes of Antoine Griezmann to score enough goals to head into the return leg with an advantage.