After two days of Champions League football, it’s Thursday and the turn of the heenwedstrijden in the sixteenth finals of the Europa League. With the opgeviste teams from the Champions League is the number of Belgians in the second European clubcompetitie again heavily exaggerated.
As such, Dries Mertens (Napoli), Yannick Carrasco (Atlético Madrid), Michy Batshuayi (Borussia Dortmund) and Dedryck Boyata (Celtic) have made their appearance in the Europa League. For Mertens and Batshuayi wait, respectively, with RB Leipzig and the Atalanta of Timothy Castagne two not to underestimate opponents. Leipzig was in the Champions League third in group G, while Atalanta in the Europa League, Lyon and Everton oprolde in group E, the group of death.
Yannick Carrasco and Atlético Madrid seems to be with FC Copenhagen a more viable card to have drawn. The Danes were in the group stage of the Europa League only on goal difference, the Moldovan Sheriff Tiraspol (with Ziguy Badibanga) varies. The trophy itself was also a lousy impression in the Champions League, with a disappointing 7/18.
Dedryck Boyata and Celtic are the underdogs against the Russian powerhouse Zenit, for the new year is good for the highest score in the Europa League (16/18). Adnan Januzaj meets with Real Sociedad Red Bull-giant Salzburg and Jordan Lukaku draws with Lazio to the risen traditieploeg Steaua Bucharest. Viktor Klonaridis receive with AEK Athens Dinamo Kiev.
Finally, watch out for the surprising Östersunds. The Swedes laid all a great course since the second qualifying round. With victories against Galatasaray, PAOK Saloniki and Hertha Berlin at the counter will receive Östersunds now Premier League giant Arsenal.