UEFA Europa League quarter-final preview
The second leg of the Europa League quarter-finals begins on Thursday, April 20 with AS Roma hosting Feyenoord at the Stadio Olimpico with a 1-0 aggregate deficit, Bayer Leverkusen travelling to Union St.Gilloise after drawing the home leg 1-1, Sporting hosting Juventus at the José Alvalade Stadium with a 1-0 aggregate deficit, and Sevilla hosting Manchester United at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan after drawing 2-2 at Old Trafford last week.
Roma v Feyenoord
Roma are behind on aggregate ahead of Thursday’s clash with Feyenoord, but they come into this week’s meeting off the back of six wins from their last seven home games in all competitions. Jose Mourinho’s side are 10/11 to win in 90 minutes.
Feyenoord did well to beat them at home, however, and are coming off the back of 12 wins from their last 14 games in all competitions, so they shouldn’t be discounted. De club aan de Maas are 16/5 to win in 90 minutes and 4/7 to qualify. Roma are 5/4 to qualify as they’ve consistently won their home legs to progress even after struggling away.
Union St.Gilloise v Bayer Leverkusen
Leverkusen were held to a draw on home soil but are 8/15 to qualify over Union St.Gilloise as they boast eight wins from their last 10 games in all competitions, beating Bayern Munich recently. Leverkusen are also 11/10 to win in 90 minutes.
Union SG are no slouches, however, as they’re unbeaten in their last seven games. The Belgian outfit boast 11 wins in their previous 12 home games, so they’re 5/2 to win in 90 minutes. They’re also 11/8 to qualify, though the bookmakers back the visitors to get a result and progress.
Sporting v Juventus
Juventus have a 1-0 lead ahead of their meeting at Sporting, so they’re 4/11 to qualify. The Old Lady have six wins and a draw from their last eight games too, so they’re in good form. Juve are 23/10 to win in 90 minutes.
Sporting are formidable, however, with eight wins from their last 11 games in all competitions, coupled with three and two draws from their previous five home outings, so they won’t be fazed. Sporting are 5/4 to win in 90 minutes and 2/1 to qualify.
Sevilla v Manchester United
Sevilla earned a draw in Manchester and have seven wins from their last nine home games, so they’re 13/5 to win in 90 minutes and 11/8 to qualify. Man Utd have four wins from six ahead of Thursday’s clash and are 1/1 to win in 90 minutes, but their away form has been poor of late.
The Red Devils have lost two of their last three games on the road, dropping points in three of their previous four. United are 8/15 to qualify as they’re favourites to win the tournament, having beaten Barcelona in a previous round, but time will tell if the bookies called it right. Sevilla knows they have a chance.