Europa League is back with last 16 stage. In this post tips and reviews of today's matches.
CLUB BRUGGE - BESIKTAS
Besiktas is the favourite team in passing this stage.
They are the best team in away results of this competition and in the previous stage they defeated Liverpool, while Brugge had easy life against Aalborg winning both matches.
CLUB BRUGGE: Ryan, Meunier, Duarte, Mechele, De Bock,
Silva, Simons, Vormer, Refaelov, Bolingoli, De Sutter.
BESIKTAS: Gonen, Kutulus, Franco, Gulum, Opare, Uysal, Kavlak, Tore, Sahan, Arslan, Ba.
POSSIBLE SCORE: 1-1
DNIPRO DNIPROPETROVSK - AJAX AMSTERDAM
Dnipro has collected 10 UNDER 3.5 in 12 matches. It is a balanced match, maybe Ajax has the best squad but for tonight they still can't count on Sighortsson, still injured and Arkadiusz Milik, who is scoring a lot in the last period, isn't in its best shape after some muscular problems had during the last 10 days.
DNIPRO: Boyko, Luchkevych, Fedetskiy, Douglas, Egidio,
Fedorchuk, Bezus, Rotan, Konoplyanka, Zozulya, Kalinic.
AJAX: Cillessen, Van Rhijn, Boilesen, Viergever, Veltman, Serero, Bazoer, Klaassen, Kishna, El Ghazi, Milik.
UNDER 3.5 (1.27 888Sport)
POSSIBLE SCORE: 1-1
EVERTON - DYNAMO KYIV
Although Everton is playing really bad in Premier League, they are showing great performances in this Europa League:
after winning a tough group stage with Wolfsburg, Lille and Krasnodar, they easily eliminated Young Boys in the previous stage, winning both matches.
Dynamo Kyiv is here after defeating Guingamp. They lost 2-1 in France and won 3-1 the second match but the sensation is they struggle a lot when playing away and for that we think double chance 1X is the safest bet.
EVERTON: Howard, Coleman, Stones, Jagielka, Garbutt,
Barry, Besic, Naismith, Barkley, Mirallas, Lukaku.
DINAMO KYIV: Shovkovskiy, Vida, Dragovic, Silva, Antunes, Sydorchuk, Kravets, Buyalskiy, Yarmolenko, Mbokani, Gusev.
1X (1.31 PaddyPower)
POSSIBLE SCORE: 2-1
ZENIT ST PETERSBURG - TORINO
Zenit is favourite against Torino.
Yes Russian Premier League started again after a 3 months break, but Zenit seems to be on shape.
They are owning the national league having the best attack and the best defense too and in its home matches concedes really few goals and mainly they win constantly ( 11 wins in 12 Europa League matches).
Mainly, Zenit has defeated PSV Eindhoven in both games of the previous round and who likes football and statistics knows well how hard is to beat PSV in Eindhoven.
Moreover Zenit has a lot of great and famous players, while Torino only has a wonderful playing style and they are always well arranged in the pitch by their coach Ventura.
We will see if these qualities of the italian team will be enough to stop Zenit, but in our opinion it will be really hard. 1.
ZENIT: Lodygin, Smolnikov, Garay, Lombaerts,
Criscito, Javi Garcia, Witsel, Shatov, Hulk, Danny, Rondon.
TORINO: Padelli, Maksimovic, Glik, Moretti, Darmian, Benassi, Gazzi, Farnerud, Molinaro, Martinez, Quagliarella.
1 (1.60, WilliamHill)
POSSIBLE SCORE: 2-0
WOLFSBURG - INTER
Wolfsburg is favourite to pass this round and actually is favourite to win the Europa League too (Bookmakers say Wolfsburg and Napoli are the favourite teams to win this cup with odds about 6.50/7.50).
Wolfsburg is 2nd in Bundesliga and scores really a lot (53 goals in 24 matches) and concedes relatively few goals (28).
Most of these goals depend by the skills of the wings Schurlle and De Bruyne and the goals of Bas Dost, a giant who scores as he touches the ball lately.
Inter has been scoring a lot too since Mancini sat on the bench and that is just normal considering the potential in its forwarders, but again Inter problems are in the defensive phase which concedes too many shoot attempts and mainly goals basically always.
Mancini admitted he is worried of his defense for this match in the week.
We think the qualification will be decided in the second round but for tonight Wolfsburg is favourite in a game where goals should not be missing.
WOLFSBURG: Benaglio; Trasch, Naldo, Knoche, Rodriguez;
Gustavo, Guilavogui; Vieirinha, De Bruyne, Schurrle; Dost.
INTER: Handanovic; Santon, Ranocchia, Juan Jesus, Dodò; Guarin, Medel, Kuzmanovic; Shaqiri, Palacio, Icardi.
POSSIBLE SCORE: 2-1
NAPOLI - DINAMO MOSCOW
Dinamo Moscow is 3nd in Russian Premier League and has been doing a decent performance in this Europa League till now, but in our opinion their path will end against Napoli.
Napoli has a lot of great players and mainly has a coach with a "Cup" mentality:
Benitez has won a lot of cups, both international and national, but just 2 national leagues in his long career.
Napoli lacks in results continuity in Serie A, but when playing in Europa League they are much more competitive and determined to get the victory.
NAPOLI: Andujar, Mesto, Koulibaly, Albiol, Ghoulam,
Inler, Jorginho, Gabbiadini, Hamsik, De Guzman, Higuain.
DINAMO MOSCOW: Gabulov, Kozlov, Samba, Hubocan, Zhirkov, Denisov, Vainqueur, Ionov, Valbuena, Dzsudzsak, Kokorin.
1 (1.65, PaddyPower)
OVER 2.5 (1.85, PaddyPower)
POSSIBLE SCORE: 2-1
FIORENTINA - ROMA
It is the 4th time these two teams faces in this season.
The previous matches all ended with the sign UNDER 2.5 and considering that Roma has collected 11 UNDER 2.5 in the latest 14 appearances, it seems to be the best solution for this event.
Fiorentina was in a brilliant period before being defeated in Rome by Lazio (4-0) on Monday.
Roma has drawn 0-0 or 1-1 any match they have played lately.
Adding that both teams are usually very concentrated in avoiding to concede goals we think the first half will be very static and poor of goals.
FIORENTINA: Neto, Richards, Basanta, Alonso, Aquilani,
Pizarro, Borja Valero, Joaquin, Salah, Babacar.
ROMA: Skorupski, Torosidis, Manolas, Yanga-Mbiwa, Holebas, Pjanic, De Rossi, Nainggolan, Florenzi, Ljajic, Gervinho.
VILLAREAL - SEVILLA
Really interesting match between two spanish teams. Both squads have a very fast offensive style and great strikers: the argentinian Luciano Vietto for Villareal and the colombian Carlos Bacca for Sevilla, who are both scoring a lot and showing huge skill. Both teams seems to suffer the high number of matches played lately.
Villareal is forced to win tonight because they know it will be hard to get out Sevilla's stadium with a good result. In our opinion this is a GOAL match.
VILLARREAL: Asenjo; Mario, Victor Ruiz, Musacchio, Costa;
Trigueros, J. Dos Santos, Gómez, Cheryshev; Vietto, G. Dos Santos.
SEVILLA: Rico; Diogo, Pareja, Carriço, Navarro; Iborra, Krychowiak, Banega; Vidal, Vitolo; Bacca.
GOAL (1.75, WilliamHill)
OVER 1,5 HOME TEAM (1.97, WilliamHill)
POSSIBLE SCORE: 2-2