We’ve written a brief preview of the fixtures in our Premier 10 Europa League coupon, to help you predict the outcome and win some cash
Both Tottenham and Manchester United have made it through to the last 32 of the Europa League and while United take the first leg against St Etienne at Old Trafford, Spurs must travel to Belgium to face Gent.
1 – Astra Ploiesti V Genk
Astra are through to the knockout stages for the first time in their history after finishing second in their group after Roma. They’ve won their last two matches in the Romanian Liga 1 at home and kept clean sheet, but juggling European obligations could take its toll when hosting the more experienced Genk. The visitors have made it to this stage three times now and topped their group this season over Ath Bilbao. They had a 3-0 away win in the Jupiler League last Friday and have lost just two of their last ten on the road. Genk away win.
2 – B M’gladbach V Fiorentina
M’gladbach had Manchester City and Barcelona to deal with in Champions League and some heavy defeats saw them drop into this competition. They’ve won their last three on the spin and kept a clean sheet, beating SC Freiburg 3-0 in their last home match so have plenty of momentum for their first clash with Fiorentina. The visitors topped their group with four wins from six games and scored 15 goals. They also beat Udinese 3-0 in Serie A at the weekend so they should be able to get on the score sheet. B M’gladbach home win or Draw.
3 – Celta Vigo V Shakhtar Donetsk
Celta Vigo have only won one of their last six matches but remain unbeaten in their last six at home with four wins and two draws. They’ve also played eleven matches this year while Shakhtar Donetsk have played six friendlies and have yet to play a competitive match in 2017. However the visitors easily won their group by winning all six games and scoring 21 goals while conceding just 5. It’s a tough one to call but Celta Vigo did manage to hold Real Madrid to a 2-2 draw last month at home. Celta Vigo home win or Draw.
4 – Gent V Tottenham
Tottenham’s unbeaten run came to end against Liverpool when they lost 2-0 at Anfield on Saturday, which makes it three games without a win on the road for Spurs now after draws with Man City and Sunderland in January. They should have enough for Gent however, who have had an unremarkable season in the Belgium Jupiler League so far and have won two, drawn two and lost the most recent of their five games since returning from the winter break. Tottenham away win.
5 – PFC Ludogorets Razgrad V FC Copenhagen
It could be worth going with Ludogorets for this encounter as the home side returned from the winter break with a 4-0 win over Montana. This puts them at the top of the Bulgarian Parva Liga and 7 points clear. They are unbeaten in ten competitive matches, their last defeat was to Arsenal in the Champions League back in November. Copenhagen are undefeated in the Danish Superliga, with sixteen wins and five draws but they haven’t played a competitive match since mid December and lost four of their five friendlies in the winter break. PFC Ludogorets Razgrad home win.
6 – Hapoel Beer Sheva V Besitkas
Hapoel Beer Sheva beat Inter Milan at home and away and got two draws with Southampton to progress to the next stage of the Europa League. They’ve lost only one of their last fourteen games at home and sit comfortably on top of the Israeli Ligat ha’Al. Besitkas finished third in a tough group of the Champions League that contained Napoli, Benfica and Dynamo Kiev and dropped into this competition. They are top of the Turkish Super Lig but have just lost back to back matches in league and cup competitions. Hapoel Beer Sheva home win.
7 – Legia V Ajax
Legia finished third in their Champions League group and beat out Sporting Lisbon for the Europa League spot. But the Polish side have played just one competitive match since mid December and they could struggle against Ajax, who topped their group without losing a game. The Dutch giants have an Eredivisie title in their sights and have won their last five league games on the spin and conceded just once. They beat Legia in this competition in 2015 1-0 at home and 3-0 away. Ajax away win.
8 – Man Utd V St Etienne
Man United’s only defeat in their last twenty-two matches in all competitions was a 2-1 loss visiting Hull for the second leg of their League Cup semi final. At Old Trafford they haven’t lost since their derby with Manchester City in September and with a FA Cup tie against Blackburn on the horizon, Mourinho can go with a stronger squad for this Europa League match and rest players on Sunday. St Etienne have had a run of good form since December but lost their last two on the road. Man Utd home win.
9 – PAOK Salonika V Schalke
Schalke topped their group with five wins and a loss and have managed a 1-1 draw visiting Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga this month, before a 4-1 win over Sandhausen in the German Cup. PAOK Salonika are enjoying a run of great form at the moment and are unbeaten nine matches, which include eight consecutive wins. Schalke snatched a 3-2 victory in the 90th minute on their last visit to PAOK in 2013. A draw might be the best bet this time. Draw.
10 – Villarreal V Roma
Villarreal have won just one of their last nine matches, they’ve lost two and drawn six. The poor results in La Liga have seen Champions League qualification slip away, with this competition their last hope. Roma look set for a qualification spot in Serie A and also look the better side for this encounter. They’ve lost only two of their last eleven matches and won nine. They’ve won three of their last four on the road keeping clean sheets, including a 2-0 win over Crotone on Sunday. Roma away win.