The Europa League Round of 16 draw went down today, giving some pretty great encounters for all football fans!
Earlier today, UEFA held its Europa League Round of 16 draw in Nyon, Switzerland. We have gotten some pretty exciting games, as well as some that are already decided basically. Which teams are expected to go through, according to online sportsbook news sites in Spain? Check out the odds below!
Best picks for Lazio v Dinamo Kyiv
The only Ukrainian team in the competition. They eliminated AEK Athens in the Round of 32 without winning: 1-1 in Athens, 0-0 in Kyiv. Poor Greeks were knocked out without losing a single UEL match this season, which is actually a new record. How far can the Ukrainians go?
The Roman side was ridiculed upon losing the first leg to Steaua Bucharest. The Romanians won 1-0. However, the second leg went to the Italians’ favour: they proved to be the better team by claiming a confident victory: 5-1, meaning a 5-2 aggregated result. Which face of theirs will be shown against the Ukrainians?
Bet on Leipzig v Zenit
Red Bull Leipzig are having a great season so far. They are 5th in the Bundesliga, but they are only 2 points away from the second spot. And they knocked out Serie A leader AS Napoli in the Round of 32 – they won the first game 3-1 but the last few minutes of the second leg were pretty exciting when they were down 0-2.
Napoli were one of the strongest teams they could have gotten, but they were powerful enough to take the challenge. Now facing Roberto Mancini’s side won’t be any easier. Can Leipzig knock Zenit out? Should you bet on RBL to win Europa League 2018? Surviving another difficult round would definitely turn them into title favourites…
Betting tips for Atletico Madrid v Lokomotiv Moscow
Lokomotiv Moscow: Did you ever consider placing a bet on Lokomotiv Moscow to win Europa League? They might not be the favourites, but they eliminated Ligue 1 team Nice by winning both legs, 3-2 the first and 1-0 the second one. Will they make it to the Europa League QFs?
They might, but they are definitely the underdogs in this encounter. Atletico Madrid are one of the best Europa League winner picks this year – they are possibly the most experienced team in continental cup contests, having reached Champions League final twice and winning Europa League also twice in the past ten years. They knocked FC Copenhagen out by 5-1, winning both legs. They will be clear favourites against the Russian side as well.
CSKA Moscow v Olympique Lyon betting predictions
Olympique Lyon made it to the semi-finals last season, and they are among the top favourites this year as well. Especially because their attacking third was strengthened greatly: the Depay – Mariano – Fekir trio is a serious threat to any defensive line. And they are hungry for glory…
Lyon will be clar favourites against the Russians, however, it would be a major mistake to look down on the upcoming opponent. Europa League betting odds still expect Lyon to go through, but can CSKA Moscow cause an upset here? Bet on Europa League qualifications!
Bet on Olympique Marseille v Athletic Bilbao
Bilbao: Athletic Bilbao are one of the most respectable teams in UEFA Europa League as well as La Liga. They only use Basque players because of their inheritage and traditions. They lost their last game 2-1 to Spartak Moscow, but the 3-1 victory from the first leg was still enough to go through.
Now they are to face Olympique Marseille, and the favourites will be Marseille, according to the Europa League QF odds in the online sportsbook directory. Will you bet on Bilbao to qualify, or do you expect OM to go through?
Sporting Lisboa v Viktoria Plzen betting odds
Neither of these teams are favourites to win Europa League this year: the odds for Sporting to win are 17.00, while those for the Czechs are 151.00 at Bet365 Sportsbook. Of course, the Portuguese side is the favourite to qualify for the next round, but it won’t be an easy playoff.
Check out the odds for BVB v Red Bull Salzburg
Borussia Dortmund is the team with probably the most dangerous attacking third, featuring the likes of Pulisic, Reus, Gotze to mention only a few. However, their defense is not the most stable wall we’ve ever experienced. Dortmund could be good favourites to win Europa League, but you probably have better options this year…
For example Red Bull’s Austrian team, who claimed a great victory yesterday. They were facing La Liga side Real Sociedad and won 2-1 after tying 2-2 on the first leg. Now they seek further glory in the Round of 16, it might not even be a bold idea to bet on Salzburg to win the Europa League 2018.
AC Milan v Arsenal Europa League Derby
For some reason, Wenger’s team is regarded among the biggest favourite to win Europa League according to online sportsbook sites in Spain. They played accordingly in the first leg, but their situation almost got exciting against Ostersunds after conceding twice in a minute, like a pro team. However, they did go through on aggregated result of 4-2 eventually.
AC Milan would have been number one picks to win the Champions League several years ago. However, the year is 2018 and they are not even likely to triumph in Europe’s second most important continental tournament. At least Milan easily beat Ludogorets in the Round of 32.
Historically, this one should be the most exciting derby of this round with two great teams facing each other. However, neither of the teams are living their best days. Who do you think will go through, Milan or Arsenal? Pick your favourites at Bet365 Sportsbook!