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Leverkusen vs Atletico – Spanish favourites in danger of elimination

| 16.12.2010

Atletico Madrid must beat Bayer Leverkusen in Germany or the Europa League holders face elimination at the first stage of the competition.

Aris Thessaloniki face Rosenborg in Greece and Atletico Madrid must better the Greek side’s result having lost to them home and away in order to qualify.

Considering Aris’s home record in Europe – incredibly the Greek side have never been beaten at home in a European competition in their history – it seems as if El Atleti face an embarrassing exit.

Quique Sanchez Flores’ team are 7/5 to beat Bayer Leverkusen and with the German side assured qualification and top spot in Group B, Atletico offer punters plenty of value.

Having drawn 1-1 in Madrid the form suggests Atletico may not be good enough to beat Leverkusen, but Diego Forlan and co are staring down the barrel of elimination and the striker partnership of Forlan and Sergio Aguero can pull them through.

Atletico are 25/1 to complete a 3-0 victory over what is sure to be a weakened Leverkusen side and Atletico to win both the first half and the second half is priced at 10/3.

Aguero is Atletico’s top score in the competition with three goals and is 5/1 to score first but Forlan is 11/2 to score first.

Aris vs Rosenborg

The Greek side started the group as massive outsiders to progress but their home form has been good enough to put them in a position to qualify.

24 home European matches have gone by and still Aris are undefeated and the Greek side are 2/5 to beat Rosenborg.

Many may think that Rosenborg offer plenty of value at 15/2 and the Norwegian side beat Aris in Norway.

But Rosenborg have been shocking away from home losing 3-0 and 4-0 and Aris can confound the Norwegian sides misery with a 3-0 win priced at 8/1.

A £10 double on Atletico and Aris winning would return £33.60. New customers can sign up here for a free £10 bet.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.