Europa League Round of 16: Betting Preview

Europa League Draw

With the draw for the round of 16 having being made, the betting sites have updated their markets and odds in anticipation of the eight ties.

Chelsea beat Malmo to keep Maurizio Sarri in a job – if you believe some of the media headlines – but the performance was far less impressive than the 3-0 score line suggests. Elsewhere the other main favourites – Arsenal and Napoli – eased through their second leg matches to progress to the round of 16.

 

Europa League Round of 16 Draw

The draw in full:

Chelsea v Dynamo Kyiv

Eintracht Frankfurt v Inter Milan

Dinamo Zagreb v Benfica

Napoli v Salzburg

Valencia v Krasnodar

Sevilla v Slavia Prague

Arsenal v Rennes

Zenit v Villareal

 

The games that immediately stand out are Eintracht Frankfurt v Inter and Napoli v Salzburg. The latest odds don’t seem to reflect how difficult these ties will be for the Italian clubs. Eintracht Frankfurt are looking good domestically and saw off Shakhtar Donetsk in the last round – and Salzburg have really enjoyed this competition in the last few years and are a tough draw for Napoli.

Both Premier League clubs will fancy their chances of going through – especially being drawn at home in the first leg. Chelsea should be able to deal with a Dynamo Kyiv side who will only just be coming out of their winter break by the time the first leg comes around. Rennes surprised many by knocking Real Betis out in two exhilarating games of football but will not be strong enough for Arsenal.

Two of the three Spanish sides – Valencia and Sevilla – were also drawn at home and will face Krasnodar and Slavia Prague. Valencia should be able to go through without much trouble, even though Krasnodar surprised most people by getting a draw in Leverkusen to knock the Bundesliga club out.

Sevilla will be favoured by the bookies to go through from their tie but Slavia Prague thrashed Genk in the round of 32 and could be one to keep an eye on – it really depends on the first leg result in Spain.

 

Betting Tips

Eintracht Frankfurt to win at home to Inter

Eintracht Frankfurt were as high as third in the Bundesliga before Christmas but after a run of draws they now find themselves in a still very creditable fifth. Inter have a lot of off the field problems to resolve and although they made easy work of Rapid Wien in their round of 32 second leg match they could struggle in Germany. 

Sevilla to win the Europa League

It is difficult to predict an outright winner with so many rounds still to be played but Sevilla are in a competition they love – and although Slavia Prague is a tough draw they should go through thanks to what should be a decisive home leg victory. It depends on who they get in the quarter finals but Unibet offering 7/1 for Sevilla to be outright winners offers better value than bets on Chelsea, Napoli or Arsenal.

 


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is an experienced football writer and tipster, covering everything from the Premier League to League Two. Darren also closely follows European football, cricket, and tennis and lives just outside London with his family. He counts music, food and travel among his non-sporting interests, but can’t go too long without taking in a sporting event or two.




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