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Friday, 18 January, 2019

United 2-9 to beat Celta Vigo in Europa League semi-finals

Real draw Madrid rivals Atletico in Champions League

Manchester United are favourites to win the Europa League
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Manchester United are evens favourites with BetBright to win the Europa League after drawing Celta Vigo in the semi-finals.

The tournament winners will earn a spot in the Champions League and that path is now clearly a better option than finishing in the top four for Jose Mourinho's side.

United are 2-9 with bet365 to progress past 3-1 pokes Celta in the last four, although Mourinho's men needed extra-time to see off Anderlecht in the quarter-finals in a game that saw Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo depart early because of injuries.

Should the Red Devils overcome the Spanish side they will meet Ajax or Lyon in the final in Stockholm on May 24. Lyon are 4-7 favourites with bet365 to see off 5-4 Ajax.

There will be no repeat of last season's Champions League final after Real Madrid were drawn to play Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals to pit the two arch-rivals together in Europe's premier club competition for the fourth season running.

Real have certainly had the better of Atletico in those head-to-head clashes, coming through on every occasion, and Zinedine Zidane's side are 4-6 favourites to once again beat their rivals with Hills rating Atletico standout 2-1 underdogs.

Swashbuckling Monaco will meet defensively savvy Juventus in the other semi-final - the Italians are 1-2 with Hills to progress through to the final at the expense of the Ligue 1 leaders, who are available at 9-4 with bet365.

Monaco have been the revelation of this season's competition but it was still the best possible draw for Juventus and Max Allegri's men are the new favourites to win the competition with some bookmakers.

Juve are 7-4 with Sky Bet, while Real have been pushed out to
9-5 by Betfair. Atletico are 4-1 shots with Monaco at 8-1.

Champions League semi-final draw: Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid, Monaco v Juventus. First legs to be played May 2 & 3, second legs on May 9 & May 10.

Europa League semi-final draw: Ajax v Lyon, Celta Vigo v Man Utd. Matches to be played May 4 & May 11



It was still the best draw possible for Juventus and Max Allegri's men are the new favourites to win the competition with some bookmakers
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