Europa League Last 16 – Leg 1 2018-2019

Thursday 7th March

Dinamo Zagreb v Benfica – 5.55pm (Tom)

Zagreb knocked out Plzen in the previous round
Benfica knocked out Galatasaray
Both are top of their domestic leagues
Zagreb have won the last 6 home games in a row
And scored 18 goals – averaging 3 a game
But, Benfica have won the last 6 away games on the bounce too
And scored 13 goals in that time
Surely that means there’s going to be goals?

Tip: BTTS (2.04) – RED
Score Prediction: 1-1

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Eintracht Frankfurt v Inter Milan – 5.55pm (Will)

Will be the first ever competitive meet between the sides
Frankfurt are unbeaten in 9 in all comps
Also won every game in their group
Only lost 1 of the last 21 in Europe
Inter’s last 2 meetings with German oppo have seen them eliminated
Theyve also been knocked out the last 3 times they have reached this round

TIP: Eintracht win (2.35)
SCORE: 1-0

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Rennes v Arsenal – 5.55pm (Olly)
Arsenal knocked out BATE in the last round,
However did lose the away leg and not been good away from home in general recently. Winning only 1 of their last 5 away games in all comps. (Losing 3)
Rennes are unbeaten at home in their last 12 games (winning 9 of them)
Rennes have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 matches (and put 6 past Real Betis over 2 legs)
Will be a tight game

Tip: Rennes to win either half (2.25) / BTTS (1.71)
Score: 2-2

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Sevilla v Slavia Prague – 5.55pm (Tom)

Sevilla knocked out Lazio in the last round
Slavia Prague knocked out Genk
Sevilla are in terrible domestic form though – Lost 4 of the last 5
Lost to bottom club Huesca 2-1 at the weekend – Olly called it
But they are the Europa League specialists!
3 of their last 4 home games have seen over 3.5 goals!
Slavia Prague are top of the Czech league
Smashed Genk 1-4 away in their last European game
Won 4 of the last 5 games away from home domestically
Scored 11 goals in those games

Tip: Over 2.5 goals (1.64) / Slavia Prague double chance (3.15)
Score Prediction: 2-2

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Zenit v Villarreal – 5.55pm (Will)

Zenit are unbeaten in 26 at home in the main stages of Europa
Won their last 2 games in lead up to this
Villarreal are having a stinker of a season
18th in the league
Lost last 2 games in the lead up to this
Wont be looking forward to leaving Spring Spain for cold Russia

TIP: Zenit win (1.9)
SCORE: 2-0Zenit v Villarreal – 5.55pm (Will)

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Chelsea v Dynamo Kiev – 8pm (Olly)
Chelsea knocked out Malmo in the last round
Dynamo knocked out Olympiacos
Chelsea have scored at least 2 goals in their last 4 matches
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Chelsea’s last 4 Europa games
Should be a formality win fro Chelsea but not much value
Tip: Chelsea to win AND over 2.5 goals (NO odds yet) OR Chelsea to win both halves (2.85) – RED
Score: 3-0

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Napoli v RB Salzburg – 8pm (Tom)

Napoli knocked out Zurich
And Salzburg beat Club Brugge in the last round
Napoli lost at home to Juventus this weekend
But the was their first home defeat this season – just a blip
Had 4 out of 5 clean sheets before that
And had won 10 of 13 home league games
Already beaten Liverpool at home in the Champions League this year too
Salzburg lost away in Brugge, but smashed the home leg
Also lost 0-2 to Rapid Vienna in the league in their last away game

Tip: Napoli win (1.52) / Napoli to win to nil (2.55)
Score Prediction: 2-0

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Valencia v Krasnodar – 8pm (Will)

Krasnodar knocked out Leverkusen on away goals in last round (0-0, 1-1)
Actually drawn 5 of their last 7 games in all comps
Valencia have drawn 5 of their last 9 in all comps

TIP: Draw (4.6) – RED
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