Europa League’s round of 32 ties are packed with star quality, seven national champions and a host of hungry strikers. And a lot of action until the final, starting from tonight. We have selected the most thrilling clashes of the round of 32 first leg.
We will start with the match between Krasnodar – Bayer Leverkusen. Bayer Leverkusen will look to transfer their excellent Bundesliga form onto the European stage when they travel to FC Krasnodar. Bayer Leverkusen are one of the form sides in Europe’s top five leagues at the moment, while Krasnodar are unbeaten in their last eight home matches in all competitions. But this is their first competitive game of 2019. Who could win? Hard to say. We do predict that lots of goals could be scored though. We’ll go with that. After all, there have been over 2.5 goals scored in 9 of FC Krasnodar‘s last 10 games for Europa League. If you want to find the best odds for this match click here.
Probably the most interesting clash of the evening will be held in Roma, where Lazio hosts FC Sevilla. You might think that this could also be an open encounter. You are right. Or almost right. There have been over 2.5 scored in 7 of Lazio‘s last 8 games for Europa League. Sevilla have been over 2.5 scored in 6 of last 7 games. Easy pick you might think. But we must also consider that Lazio have failed to score more than once in each of their last five matches and Sevilla are winless in three matches and have only won two of their last eight. So? We will go with the draw.
Our next stop will be in Greece. Where Olympiacos Piraeus will host Dynamo Kiev. Olympiakos can count themselves fortunate as they will play against FC Dynamo Kiev from Ukraine in the final 32 knock-out stages of the Europa League tournament. This is the first competitive game for the Ukrainian side, while Olympiacos are in full form. Couldn’t really tell who will qualify for the next round, but we strongly believe that Olympiacos can win tonight.
There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 13 of Real Betis‘s last 15 games, and they are undefeated in their last 10 matches. Tonight they travel to France to face Rennes. The French side are unbeaten in their last seven at home and have kept a clean sheet in six of those matches. Tonight could be another night like those.
Finally, we will to Turkey. Galatasaray – Benfica. This is shaping up to be one of the most entertaining matches of the round, between two sides playing at their best. Galatasaray are unbeaten in their last 10 matches in all competitions and in January they strengthened their attack by signing the Turkish Super Lig’s top scorer Mbaye Diagne. Benfica will be full of confidence ahead of Thursday’s match after winning 10-0 in the league at the weekend. The Portuguese side have won eight of their last 10 matches. We simply think that Both Teams will Score.