When the Champions League quarter-final line-up is prepared, consideration will now shift to the second match within the Europa League’s spherical of 16.
There are some heavyweight names competing within the second tier of European soccer, none larger than Barcelona – who’re going to Turkey to tackle Galatasaray after failing to interrupt the impasse at Camp Nou throughout their first assembly.
Elsewhere, West Ham hope to show a deficit in the primary leg in opposition to Sevilla, whereas the Rangers head to Belgrade to tackle the Red Star with a wholesome 3-0 benefit safely hidden.
Here are 90mins predictions for who will be a part of RB Leipzig within the final eight.
Bayer Leverkusen vs Atalanta
If you are on the lookout for a crackling early night clock stuffed with targets, look no additional than Bayer Leverkusen’s conflict with Atalanta.
The Italians went victorious from their first assembly with 3-2, with Gian Piero Gasperini’s thrilling soccer model once more approaching prime in opposition to good opposition. In Patrik Schick, Bayer has one among Europe’s strongest forwards, and he’ll like his probabilities to show the deficit round.
In the top, he can fall brief, however it is going to be enjoyable to see what occurs.
Prediction: 2-2 (4-5 Agg)
Galatasaray vs Barcelona
Barcelona couldn’t take a primary stage benefit to Turkey with them, however Xavi might be positive that his rejuvenated workforce has what it takes to ebook a quarter-final place.
If Barca don’t get the job completed, anticipate pandemonium and (in all probability) questions on the Spaniard’s long-term future within the function. Fortunately, with the likes of Ousmane Dembele, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ferran Torres main the road, he mustn’t need to fear.
Prediction: 0-2 (0-2 Agg)
Red Star vs Rangers
Rangers have a 3-0 benefit to deliver to Belgrade however make no mistake, they may not underestimate what the Red Star is able to in entrance of their very own followers.
They are in implausible type at residence and the Scottish Premier League champions might be ready for a barking and scary ambiance. However, Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s workforce performs effectively and has sufficient with them to administer the equalizer successfully.
Prediction: 1-1 (1-4 Agg)
Monaco vs Braga
Surprised that Monaco is heading into the second a part of the match with Braga 2-0 behind? You mustn’t be.
They haven’t been implausible in Ligue 1 this season and are in a low eighth place, whereas Braga proceed to point out that they’re “the best of the rest” in Portugal behind the massive boys Benfica, Sporting CP and Porto.
Monaco can get the job completed within the night, nevertheless it is unlikely that it is going to be sufficient to overturn the two-goal benefit that Braga has.
Prediction: 2-1 (2-3 Agg)
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Real Betis
Another match that might yield many targets entails Eintracht Frankfurt and Real Betis, which at the moment are led by Manuel Pellegrini.
The Spaniards surprisingly slipped to defeat of their first match final week, however they drive excessive in La Liga and can take pleasure in their probabilities of defeating a Frankfurt workforce in the center that has an inclination to leak targets.
Will this be the sport the place the away workforce will get the job completed? We assume so.
Prediction: 1-3 (3-4 Agg)
West Ham vs Sevilla
West Ham’s European journey has been a thrill for followers accustomed to watching the membership wrestle within the decrease half of the Premier League.
David Moyes has not solely turned the Hammers into the highest six challengers, he has made them a workforce that may flip the 1-0 loss in opposition to Sevilla final week. The guests are lacking some key gamers and London Stadium will bounce with 60,000 followers packed – certainly it’s written in the celebs?
Sevilla’s expertise on this competitors, and its standing as a six-time winner, can have one thing to say about it, with a carefully contested draw doubtlessly squeaky.
Prediction: 1-1 (1-2 Agg)
Lyon vs. Porto
Champions League pillars Porto could take into account themselves slightly unfortunate to return up in opposition to Lyon within the final 16, however they did no good by shedding the residence sport 1-0.
This implies that Sergio Conceicao’s workforce should look to be on the forefront of a Lyon workforce that’s used to being within the later phases of European competitors. The Ligue 1 workforce has not been good at residence – in truth they’re in a low tenth place – however they appear to return to life once they are on the continental stage.
A spot within the quarterfinals appears to name head coach Peter Bosz.
Prediction: 2-1 (3-1 Agg)