The following is an analysis of 9 matches that will be played in the UEFA Europa League UEL on Thursday, the 25th of February
Premier League high-flyers Leicester were held to a goalless draw in the first leg by the Czech Champions. They will look to build on their six-game unbeaten in all competitions (W4, D2).
My prediction: Leicester will win
Four-nil first leg victors, Manchester United must surely progress. Here, they should have easy time warming up for their next game.
My prediction: Manchester United will win
23:00 Bayer Leverkusen vs Young Boys
Bayer Leverkusen fell to a 4-3 defeat in a thrilling first leg, despite fighting back from 3-0 down to 3-3 at one point. They need to win by a 2 goal margin when face the in-form 14-time Swiss champions to proceed from this round.
My prediction: Bayer Leverkusen will win
23:00 AC Milan vs Red Star Belgrade
The first leg saw AC Milan lose their lead in Belgrade in extra time and brought home a 2-2 draw. Nonetheless, they remain hot favourites here, despite being on their first three match winless run this season.
My prediction: AC Milan will win
20:55 Arsenal vs Benfica
Arsenal with an away goal in the bank will hope to progress, particularly as they are unbeaten in five European games against Portuguese opponents (W2, D3). Benfica's last 3 outings have all ended in stalemate. This match will be played in Greece, a neutral location.
My prediction: Arsenal will win
20:55 Villarreal vs Salzburg
Villarreal with six victories (D1) from seven UEL matches this term including 2-0 win at Salzburg, appear primed to advance to the UEL Round of 16.
My prediction: Villarreal will win
20:55 Ajax vs Lille
It was a successful night for Ajax in France last week, who brought a 2-1 lead back to Amsterdam for this UEL tie. Lille who have scored 2+ goals in their three UEL matches so far but have tasted three straight defeats to Ajax since 2019, will be eyeing to stop the dominance of the Dutchmen over them.
My prediction: over 2.5 match goals
20:55 Rangers vs Antwerp
Rangers came back from 2-1 down at HT to win 4-3 vs Antwerp, putting them in pole position to progress from this UEL tie. The Scotts are having an incredible season so far. Antwerp are appearing in the UEL Knockout phase for the first time. My prediction: over 0.5 goals before HT
20:55 Shaktar Donetsk vs Maccabi Tel Aviv
There were no surprises when Shaktar won 2-0 at Maccabi Tel Aviv. Shaktar were unlucky to drop into the UEL after a UCL group stage that saw them lose just once at home, which includes a 2-0 win over European heavyweights Real Madrid.
My prediction: over 0.5 goals before HT
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