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25 Apr 2018

FIFA 18 predicts: Arsenal vs Atletico Madrid, Europa League semifinals

Arsenal facing Atletico Madrid is fitting of a Champions League semifinal, making the Europa League clash the tie of the tournament so far. Whoever comes out on top over the two legs will be regarded as the favourite in the final against either Marseille or Red Bull Salzburg, and with so much to play for, the first leg at the Emirates is too difficult to call.

RealSport has called in the help of FIFA 18 to predict the winner, and to see how accurate the game is. Can it get Thursday’s result right?

Methodology

We simmed three matches between Arsenal and Atletico Madrid at the Emirates, taking the total score from the three games. Four minutes halves, fast game speed and handballs on.

The two lineups featured only the players available for the Europa League tie, meaning no Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for Arsenal (cup-tied) and no Diego Costa for Atletico (injured).