5 Europa League tips for Thursday's action
These second-leg picks from the first knock-out round make up a 17/1 accumulator, which represents great value.
Lokomotiv Moscow to beat Nice –
Lokomotiv Moscow fought back from two goals down to win 3-2 at Nice in the first leg.
That extended the Russian side’s winning streak to seven matches in all competitions, while they have won five of their last seven at home.
Nice have lost back-to-back away games in the Europa League and are without a win on the road in six.
Leipzig to beat Napoli –
Leipzig’s 3-1 win at Napoli in the first leg made them just the third team – after Manchester City and Juventus – to win at the San Paolo this season.
That was a third victory in five European games for Ralph Hassenhuttl’s side, who have won three of their last four in all competitions.
Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri acknowledged his players’ lack of motivation for the Europa League this week, and, with a two-goal deficit to make up, the Serie A league leaders are likely to surrender.
Sporting to beat Astana –
Sporting came back from a goal down to beat Astana 3-1 in the first leg last week.
The Portuguese side have won eight of their last nine home games, with their only defeat in 19 coming against Barcelona in September.
Astana, who were playing their first game in over two months, have lost two out of three in Europe.
AC Milan to beat Ludogorets –
Milan won 3-0 in the away leg to inflict only Ludogorets’ third home defeat of the season in all competitions.
After a 1-0 victory over Sampdoria at the weekend, the Rossoneri have won three on the spin and are unbeaten in 10 in all competitions.
Ludogorets have gone four without a victory in Europe, making Gennaro Gattuso’s side a safe bet.
Red Bull Salzburg to beat Real Sociedad –
Salzburg are unbeaten at home this season, having won 12 and drawn six of their 18 games at Red Bull Arena.
The Red Bulls took seven points from their three home games in the group stage, including a 1-0 victory over Marseille.
Having earned a 2-2 draw in the away leg, they should beat a side that have lost four out of five on the road.
*Odds subject to change.