Back the favourites to reach the Europa League final

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Fairly dull first legs have left both Europa League semi-finals finely poised, so there is an opportunity to make money just by picking the finalists. Fulham and Atletico Madrid are the two favourites to go through after favourable first-leg results, yet can be backed at 9/4 with Bet365 to meet in Germany.

Fulham have won seven of their eight European home games this season, whereas Hamburg have escaped without a beating in only two of their last eight away days, and those were against relegation-bound Bochum and freefalling Standard Liege.

As for Atletico Madrid, they will score tonight. At least, that’s the conclusion that anyone checking out their record on the road would draw, given that they have struck twice in each of their three away Europa League ties. And will Liverpool really strike three times with Fernando Torres, Dirk Kuyt and David N’Gog all reportedly unavailable? We’re unconvinced…

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