Europa League

Thursday, March 19, 2015

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The Russians had two goals chalked off during the first half, but Rafael Benitez's men also went close to scoring, with both Dries Mertens and Jose Callejon hitting the woodwork

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The Ukrainians were beaten 2-1 at Goodison Park last week but need only to triumph 1-0 on home soil in order to reach the quarter-finals courtesy of the away-goals rule

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The two Serie A sides played out a 1-1 draw in Florence last week, meaning the Viola have to score, but they will take heart from their hosts' dismal league form

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The Russian were beaten 3-1 at the San Paolo last week, with Gonzalo Higuain hitting a hat-trick, but they will take heart from the Partenopei's poor recent form away from home

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COMMENT: The Belgium international has the talent and, more importantly, the mental strength to cope with the pressure of filling a potential void in the Bianconeri midfield

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The Bundesliga side have the lead from last week's first-leg tie and our tipster is backing the away side to book their place in the last eight of the competition with another win

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PROFILE: The 19-year-old has been in fine form in his first season for the Jupiler Pro League side and is yet another Belgian star with incredible potential

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Our Spanish expert, Phil Kitromilides, explains why he is expecting these two sides to play out another goal-filled encounter when they meet in the capital of Andalusia tonight

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Rudi Garcia's side have endured a bad start to 2015 but their opponents in the Europa League on Thursday won't be taking them lightly

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

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The Spaniard takes his side to the Ukrainian capital with a 2-1 lead but they were unable to train on Wednesday due to the poor surface at the Olympic Stadium

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The Italians trail 2-0 from last week's first-leg clash in Russia but their coach still believes that they can turn the last-16 tie around on home soil

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The Spanish coach is expecting a tough test in the Russian capital but he is confident that the Partenopei can end their hosts' unbeaten home record

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The coach guided his side to glory last term and feels they have a great chance of going all the way once more, with progress to the quarter-finals all but secured already

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With his side second in the league and in dire form, the coach insists he will not become dead weight at the Stadio Olimpico and will walk away if he cannot take them forward

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Despite a 3-1 deficit heading into the clash at San Siro, the Italian coach has belief that his team can do enough to progress to the last eight in the Europa League

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Though the left-back feels that the Ukrainian side might have taken his side lightly at Goodison Park, he expects a tougher proposition in the second leg of their Europa League tie

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The Dutch coach says he would like to see his side emulate the Gunners' playing style and is confident of overcoming their 1-0 deficit against Dnipro on Thursday

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Rudi Garcia's men have seen their domestic season unravel thanks partly to a decline in defensive standards, and Al Hain-Cole thinks their Europa League dreams may also suffer