Europa League Thursday Preview

The Europa League knockout stages get underway with Arsenal, Chelsea and Celtic all in action.

The Premier League duo are considered the favourites for the competition, and both will be hopeful of making it through.

The two are both away from home in the opening legs. Arsenal travel to Belarus to face BATE Borisov, whilst Chelsea travel to Sweden to take on Malmo.

Celtic face a tough task against Valencia, and they are at home to the Spanish giants in the first leg.

Elsewhere, Napoli – who dropped down from the Champions League – face Zurich, whilst compatriots Inter Milan take on Rapid Vienna.

The most successful side in the tournament’s history – Sevilla travel to Rome to take on Lazio in one of the best looking ties of the round.

We run through every game including predictions from former England, Crystal Palace and Tottenham midfielder Andy Gray, our own Football Insider Graeme Bailey and BoyleSports’ Lawrence Lyons.

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BATE Borisov 17:55 Arsenal

MATCH ODDS: BATE 15/2 Draw 7/2 Arsenal 4/11
BoyleSports pick: Mkhitaryan to score first @6/1
GRAEME SAYS: Arsenal won’t be having too many issues here…0-2
Football Index – One to follow: Sead Kolasinac – The Bosnian is showing he is a outstanding defender, one to keep an eye on

FK Krasnodar 17:55 Bayer 04 Leverkusen

MATCH ODDS: Krasnodar 5/2 Draw 5/2 Bayer 21/20
BoyleSports pick: Under 2.5 goals @Evens
GRAEME SAYS: Bayer are in decent form, should win here but won’t be easy in Russia…1-2
Football Index – One to follow: Leon Bailey – Outstanding player, genuine talent who is undervalued on the Index

Galatasaray 17:55 Benfica

MATCH ODDS: Gala 8/5 Draw 11/5 Benfica 7/4
BoyleSports pick: Gala to win @8/5
GRAEME SAYS: A really good European tie, hard to separate them but Benfica should get something…1-1
Football Index – One to follow: Joao Felix – An amazing prospect who is rising rapidly on the Index

Lazio 17:55 Sevilla

MATCH ODDS: Lazio 11/8 Draw 11/5 Sevilla 2/1
BoyleSports pick: Draw at Half Time @Evens
GRAEME SAYS: Sevilla are great in this tournament but I think Lazio will have the edge here…2-1
Football Index – One to follow: Sergej Milinkovic-Savic – Quality player who has long-term value

Olympiakos 17:55 Dynamo Kiev

MATCH ODDS: Olympiakos 10/11 Draw 12/5 Dynamo 3/1
BoyleSports pick: Both Teams To Score @11/10
GRAEME SAYS: Olympiakos at home is a tough task, but Dynamo could get something…2-2
Football Index – One to follow: Koka – Egyptian forward is a big talent

Rennes 17:55 Real Betis

MATCH ODDS: Rennes 31/20 Draw 21/10 Betis 9/5
BoyleSports pick: Both Teams To Score @10/11
GRAEME SAYS: Rennes have good form and I think that gets them through the first leg…2-1
Football Index – One to follow: Ismaila Sarr – A top young player who will progress

Rapid Vienna 17:55 Inter Milan

MATCH ODDS: Rapid 9/2 Draw 5/2 Inter 4/6
BoyleSports pick: Draw 5/2
GRAEME SAYS: I have to side with Inter here, they have too much quality…0-2
Football Index – One to follow: Mauro Icard – Potential superstar, the Argentine should be invested in

Slavia Prague 17:55 KRC Genk

MATCH ODDS: Slavia 7/5 Draw 11/5 Genk 2/1
BoyleSports pick: Prague to win @7/5
GRAEME SAYS: Looks this one could be a grind, goalless…0-0
Football Index – One to follow: Leandro Trossard – An excellent prospect, one to follow

Celtic 20:00 Valencia

MATCH ODDS: Celtic 9/4 Draw 11/5 Valencia 13/10
BoyleSports pick: Edouard to score anytime @ 9/4
GRAEME SAYS: An interesting match-up but you have to give United the edge…1-0
Football Index – One to follow: Sebastian Driussi – Zenit ace could be a real star of the future

Club Brugge 20:00 FC Red Bull Salzburg

MATCH ODDS: Brugge 9/4 Draw 12/5 Salzburg 6/5
BoyleSports pick: Salzburg to win @6/5
GRAEME SAYS: Close game again, and think it is a draw…1-1
Football Index – One to follow: Wesley – Young Brazilian is a player with huge potential

Malmo FF 20:00 Chelsea

MATCH ODDS: Malmo 7/1 Draw 10/3 Chelsea 2/5
BoyleSports pick: Chelsea -1 @21/20
GRAEME SAYS: Chelsea will show why they are favourites with comfortable win…0-3
Football Index – One to follow: Callum Hudson-Odoi – Is in top-30 on Index but still has plenty of potential

Shakhtar Donetsk 20:00 Eintracht Frankfurt

MATCH ODDS: Shakhtar 6/5 Draw 23/10 Frankfurt 21/10
BoyleSports pick: Shakhtar to win @6/5
GRAEME SAYS: Tough call for Frankfurt to get something here, have to go with Shakhtar…2-0
Football Index – One to follow: Sebastian Driussi – Zenit ace could be a real star of the future

Sporting Lisbon 20:00 Villarreal

MATCH ODDS: Sporting 6/5 Draw 23/10 Villarreal 23/10
BoyleSports pick: Both Teams To Score @3/4
GRAEME SAYS: Sporting will have far too much for an out-of-form Villarreal…2-0
Football Index – One to follow: Jovane Cabral – Sporting prospect has plenty to offer

Viktoria Plzen 20:00 Dinamo Zagreb

MATCH ODDS: Plzen 7/5 Draw 11/5 Zagreb 2/1
BoyleSports pick: Draw @11/5
GRAEME SAYS: Can see Zagreb sneaking this one…0-1
Football Index – One to follow: Bruno Petkovic – Another fine Croatian prospect and one to follow

Zurich 20:00 Napoli

MATCH ODDS: Zurich 13/2 Draw 16/5 Napoli 4/9
BoyleSports pick: Napoli to win & Under 3.5 goals @23/20
GRAEME SAYS: Napoli will win this, little doubt about it…0-3
Football Index – One to follow: Lorenzo Insigne – Still plenty of time for him to progress on the Index

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