Maccabi Tel Aviv and Shakhtar Donetsk go head to head at Bloomfield Stadium in the Europa League last 32, first leg. Maccabi Tel Aviv are on a six-game winning run in the Israel top flight, but it has to be noted that they were having their ups and downs in the Europa League group stages. Patrick van Leeuwen’s troops face an uphill task in Thursday’s clash against Shakhtar Donetsk, and, no doubt, they would be more than happy with the share of spoils.
The Miners, dropped two points in a goalless draw with Kolos in their last league match. Shakhtar Donetsk are eager to return to winning ways, and given their experience in European competitions, I believe that there is a big value in betting on the Ukrainian outfit. A man to watch in the away team will be experienced attacker Junior Moraes.
There will be fireworks when Lille and Ajax face each other at Stade Pierre-Mauroy in the Europa League last 32, first leg. Despite having their ups and downs in the group stages, les Dogues eventually booked their place in the last 32 where they face an uphill task in the double-header against the Amsterdammers. Lille managed to keep a clean sheet in each of their previous five league fixtures, and they are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in Thursday’s clash.
Ajax, are on an eight-game winning run in all competitions ahead of the trip to France. The Dutch champions aim to get their job done in the first leg, but beating Lille on the road is easier said than done. A close encounter is on the horizon, and I believe that punters can find value in betting on draw. Key attacker Haller has been left out of Ajax’s Europa League squad, while first-choice goalkeeper Onana remains in the recovery room.
All eyes will be on Stadio Olimpico when Benfica and Arsenal take on each other in the Europa League last 32, first leg. The Eagles are undefeated in the Europa League this season, with the team scoring goals for fun on home soil. However, home win should not be considered as Jorge Jesus have been struggling to find their best form in the Primeira Liga of late. Both Almeida and Jardel are likely to miss the game with injuries.
The Gunners impressed in a 4-2 win over Leeds United, with the team regaining a much-needed confidence. Since Mikel Arteta is likely to count on key players for Thursday’s showdown, I am tempted to put our money on the Premier League side. Midfielder Thomas Partey is out of contention with a hamstring injury, while defender Kieran Tierney remains on the sidelines with a calf problem.
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