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5.55pm: Slavia Prague v Leicester
The first leg of our both teams to score acca is an intriguing clash as Brendan Rodgers takes his Leicester team to the Prague, to take on Slavia. The Foxes will be travelling in confident mood after they staged a terrific comeback at the weekend to beat Liverpool 3-1, and with Jamie Vardy back from injury and getting on the score sheet at the weekend.
Given Leicester’s clinical counter-attacking prowess, they are always good for an away goal. Slavia advanced from Group C comfortably, winning all three home games in good fashion. They are no mugs and are currently sitting 10 points clear at the top of the Czech League. They are always capable of scoring themselves and this looks to be the both teams to score banker of the evening.
5.55pm: Braga v Roma
The clash between Braga and Roma looks like another game in which both teams are likely to score. Both teams have attack-minded managers and an open game is on the cards. Braga have a decent pedigree in this tournament, runners-up in 2011, and they were impressive in the group stages, winning four of their six games and with only one defeat against Leicester. Carlos Carvalhal’s men currently sit third in the Portuguese top flight and have an excellent record at home in Europe with only two defeats in their last 16 games at the Estadio Municipal.
Their opponents, Roma, also sit third in their domestic league. They cruised through Group A, topping the group with only one loss along the way. Roma coach Paulo Fonseca has plenty of firepower to call upon for this one, with experienced campaigners Pedro and Edin Dzeko among those likely to be involved. Roma warmed up for this game with a 3-0 victory over Udinese at the weekend, and they can be relied upon to keep the goals coming in this one.
5.55pm: Real Sociedad v Man Utd
Man Utd will be disappointed to have dropped out of the Champions League, but they will be eyeing success in the Europa League, a tournament they won in 2016/17. Scoring goals hasn’t been a problem for the Red Devils, as highlighted by a recent 9-0 drubbing of Southampton.
But it’s down the other end of the field where the problems have arisen for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men. West Brom were the latest team to breach Man Utd’s porous defence and goalkeeper David de Gea has been frustratingly inconsistent recently. Real Sociedad have been inconsistent themselves.
They started off the league in great style, but a poor run of form has seen them drop out of the Champions League places. But Imanol Alguacil’s side enter this contest off the back of two successive league wins, the return of David Silva from injury has been the catalyst for this upturn in form. Silva, of course, is no stranger to Man Utd and he will be looking forward to having another crack at his old foes.
5.55pm: Young Boys v Bayer Leverkusen
Bayer Leverkusen make the short trip over the Alps to the Wankdorf Stadium to take on Young Boys in a game that promises plenty of goals. Young Boys, who broke Basel’s stranglehold on the Swiss league a few seasons back, sit 16 points clear in the Swiss Super League and are waltzing towards another title.
The Berne based outfit have taken their league form into the Europa League where they finished runner-up behind Roma in Group A. They will be relishing the arrival of a Bayer Leverkusen team that has started to struggle of late. Peter Bosz’s men have won only three times in the last 11 games in all competitions.
This included a stunning 2-1 defeat to fourth-tier side Rot-Weiss Essen in the DFB Pokal. They have fallen to fifth in the Bundesliga and will be desperate to get back into a Champions League berth. But Die Werkself finished top of Group C and still possess enough quality to make their presence felt. I’m expecting an end-to-end game here and both teams to score is the logical choice.
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