The competition is now done with its Round of 16 stage. With qualifications done and dusted, all that’s left now are the unusual one-off ties on the road to the final, which will be played in Germany.
No home/away ties. No home/away advantages. No away goals.
From hence, in the competition, all teams have just 90 minutes – and some – to prove that they are worthy of progressing to the next stage of the competition or go home.
Since its return, most of the Europa League games have ended with just one team getting on the scoring sheet. Of the eight played, only the one between Manchester United and LASK saw both sides score. If this trend continues throughout the rest of the competition, then there won’t be a lot of penalties or games needing extra time.
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In two days, four battles will be fought in the Europa League quarter-finals.
When Manchester United take on FC Copenhagen, it will be the third meeting between both sides. Although a Manchester United win has been priced at 1.29 on NairaBET, the history between them shows a balanced equation, with both teams winning one game apiece.
Coincidentally, both games in the head-to-head history between both sides finished with only one team on the score sheet.
That’s the total opposite of the history between Shakhtar Donetsk and Basel.
Four times they have clashed in history, and two out of those four finished with both teams scoring. What’s more? The record between both sides is filled with goals, as each of those four games finished with at least three goals scored.
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Unlike these two games, the other two will feature a first-time meeting between the sides involved.
Since the knockout stages began, Inter Milan have only conceded once, scoring six times. Their opponents? A Bayer Leverkusen side that eliminated Porto by scoring five goals over two legs, followed by a 4-1 aggregate win over Rangers.
Do we have a goal fest waiting in this game?
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With no history between both sides, it’s hard to tell. With Inter Milan’s one goal conceded in three games, this one might be a game for the defense.
In the other game, it’s a case of the newbies versus the old dogs. In what has been an amazing European run this season, Wolves’ dream season continued (and the holiday plans have been cancelled), after they got the better of their Greek opponents, Olympiakos.
And what do they get in return for all their hard work? A game against a Sevilla side that has this competition more times than any other team – five times. All is fair in love and war, right?
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