UEFA’s second-tier competition continues in earnest tonight, and is offering up some tasty fixtures. The taste mainly being Eastern European teams.
The pick of tonight’s action comes from Old Trafford, where 2/9 United host Russian tough nuts Rostov. Mou’s men managed a 1-1 draw in the away leg, a good result considering the surface was made of old tractor tyres and lumps of Lego. That away goal makes them 1/12 shots to make the next stage.
The Europa League represents United’s best chance of getting Champions League football, and you would expect them to approach this competition with renewed enthusiasm.
The 15/1 outsiders Rostov are not known for their goal scoring prowess and we’re expecting United to extend their home clean sheet record
Elsewhere, its an all Germany affair tonight in the creatively named Borussia park, as Gladbach welcome Bundasliga pals Schalke.
Niether team would be accused of setting the world alight domestically this season but its gladbach’s recent form of eight wins in 12 that make them a good shout at 11/10. They will be full of confidence having put four past Schalke earlier this month.
Probably the juiciest fixture of the evening takes place in the Italian capital where Roma play host to Memphis Deplay’s Lyon.
Lyon likes to let loose in the Europa League and their cavalier attacking attitude resulted in a 4-2 win in the first leg. This approach does leave them vulnerable at the back, they have conceded at least once in all of their last 7 away games. Roma will be going all out to continue their European odyssey and plenty of goals are expected.