SportsTips’ Europa League Predictions for Round of 32 (Leg 2)

SportsTips’ Europa League Predictions for Round of 32 (Leg 2)
Wed 24th February 2021

Arsenal vs Benfica

Thursday, February 25th, 1.55PM ET

There is everything to play for between Arsenal and Benfica at the Emirates tomorrow afternoon, after the Portuguese side managed to outlast the attack of Mikel Artetas’ Arsenal, who were not clinical enough to put the game to bed despite numerous big chances.

After conceding a penalty which was calmly taken by Pizzi, Bukayo Saka once again saved the day for Arsenal, with a 57th minute goal, the cherry on top of what was another routinely solid performance from the talented English prospect.

Heading into the second leg of the Round of 32 there is lots of pressure on Arsenal to qualify, with many tipping them to have performed better in the previous fixture. However, Arsenal were the statistically dominant team away to Benfica, with 59% possession, and far more clear cut chances inside the box.

If Saka plays in line with his form of late, and Aubameyang can improve on his finishing from the previous fixture then it’s hard not to back Arsenal to get the win here in what should be another tight game, and at (-111), they appear great value.

Europa League Prediction: Arsenal (-111)
Best Prop: Match Result / Total Goals: Arsenal / Over 1 (+215)

Manchester vs Real Sociedad

Thursday, February 25th, 4PM ET

After a clinical 4-0 dispatching of Real Sociedad in the previous fixture, Manchester United have all but confirmed their place in the Europa League Round of 16. Sociedad returned home with their head in hands, before going on to dispose of Alaves in the same fashion, a 4-0 win in the La Liga, thanks to a hat trick from Swedish wonderkid, Alexander Isak.

With 4 away goals in hand, Manchester United have no need to call on players like De Gea, Rashford and Fernandes. However, the team is still crawling with talent in all positions, who are incredibly hungry to cement their place in the first team.

As for Sociedad, they will most likely head into the match with a similar side to the previous outing. Alexander Isak will be brimming with confidence after his recent hat trick, and will definitely be the Spanish teams best hope for a goal.

The gap in quality in this game should not be as evident as their previous meeting, with Harry Maguire likely sitting out due to risk of suspension, and Scott McTominay resting with a knock, among other outs. 

The bookies have United at (-103), assumingly due to the fact there will be players rested, however, given the quality of their side, and the result of last week’s game, this game should once again go the way of United.

Europa League Prediction: Manchester United (-103)
Best Prop: Match Result / Total Goals: Manchester United / Over 2 (+290)

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*Odds correct at time of publication, thanks to Bet365.

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