AC Milan travel to Crvena Zvezda in this first leg round of 32 tie. The hosts finished runners up in Group L with 11 points, losing just one game and are unbeaten in their last 5 Europa League matches.
This will likely prove a close contest with little to separate the two with neither looking at giving too much away and leaving themselves with a mountain to climb in the second leg. Two of Milan’s three away group games saw under 2.5 goals scored and with the Italians expected to set up cautiously with the aim of blunting the host attack and exploiting any space in behind, under 2.5 goals scored is expected again here.
Prediction: Unde 3.5 goals; Milan Win.
Braga vs Roma
Both Sporting Braga and Roma accrued 13 points in their respective groups ahead of this round of 32 first leg clash in Portugal.
Home advantage could prove crucial for Braga, who accrued 7 points from a possible 9 in their 3 group matches at Estádio Municipal de Braga.
The hosts are currently unbeaten in their last 16 games in all competitions at home, so this represents a huge challenge for Italian side Roma to avoid coming out of this first leg tie with any sort of deficit.
In comparison, the visitors have lost 3 of their last four away Serie A matches and conceded 10 goals in the process, so with that in mind, it would be a surprise if Braga cannot secure themselves a first leg aggregate lead in this contest.
Prediction: Both teams to score.
Lille vs Ajax
The visitors have a 100% winning record against this opponent in h2h meetings, and have scored two or more goals in all these games. They are also on a spectacular run of performances this season, and have been scoring goals for fun.
On the other hand, the host are yet to secure a single win over any Dutch opponent as well.
Likely, expect Ajax to have the edge this Thursday.
However, do take into account the fact that Lille are at home, and they are also the toppers of one of the top-five leagues in Europe.
In addition, they are on an 8-match unbeaten run, and had won 7 of these fixtures. Moreover, they also have lost just once at this venue since February of 2021.
As such, expect expect Lille to find the back of the net at least once this match-day.
Prediction: Both teams to score.; Ajax to Win either half.
Granada vs Napoli
The host are on a 4-game winless run, and they had conceded a total of 9 goals from their former three fixtures. Note that they were also winless in six of their preceding seven matches.
At home, they are on a two-game losing run, and had let in a total of seven goals.
On the other hand, their counterparts are experiencing some problems to their roster, as few of their high-profile players are down with injury. They were winless in five of their past eight games, and are on a four-match losing run on the road.
Note that they have not kept a clean sheet in their past eight games away from home, and their latest such match-up was against the dead-last placed Crotone. They had also let in a total of ten goals from their preceding four road trips.
By the looks of things, chances are high for a high-scoring thriller.
Prediction: Over 1.5 goals.
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