Round of 32
With the first set of fixtures already having come and gone in the knockout phase of Europe’s premier club competition, the UEFA Champions League
, attention now turns to Thursday nights highly anticipated UEFA Europa League
schedule with some real thrillers on the cards.
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LAZIO VS SEVILLA – STADIO OLIMPICO, ROME
L Biancocelesti head into Thursday’s tie off the back of three successive wins in all competitions including a penalty shootout victory over Inter Milan in the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia last week. Felipe Caicedo’s penalty secured a 1-0 win against Empoli on Thursday – the Ecuadorian’s 4th
goal of the campaign.
Lazio recent results:
07/02/2019 – Lazio 1-0 Empoli
04/02/2019 – Frosinone 0-1 Lazio
31/01/2019 – Inter 1-1 Lazio*
*Lazio won 4-3 on penalties
Sevilla, after a strong start to their La Liga season where it seemed that they rather than the familiar foes of Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid would push Barcelona all the way in the title race, Los Hispalenses have tailed off in recent weeks. Pablo Machin’s men are now without a win in their last three matches following Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Eibar. Wisam Ben Yedder and Pablo Sarabia both scored late on as they back from two goals down to earn a share of the spoils.
Sevilla recent results:
10/02/2019 – Sevilla 2-2 Eibar
02/02/2019 – Celta 1-0 Sevilla
30/01/2019 – Barcelona 6-1 Sevilla
Thursday’s affair will be the first competitive top-flight encounter between two of Europe’s more familiar teams.
CELTIC VS VALENCIA – CELTIC PARK, GLASGOW
Another duo set for their first-ever showdown on Thursday evening. A rapturous reception awaits visitors Valencia as they take on the hosts Celtic in their first-leg round of 32 tie.
Celtic have won all seven matches in all competitions since defeat to Rangers in the Glasgow derby in December - scoring 21 goals in the process whilst keeping seven clean sheets as well. Scott Sinclair bagged himself a hat-trick in their 5-0 drubbing of St Johnstone on Sunday as Brendan Rodgers’ side booked their spot in the 6th
round of the Scottish Cup.
Celtic recent results:
10/02/2019 – Celtic 5-0 St Johnstone
06/02/2019 – Celtic 2-0 Hibernian
03/02/2019 – St Johnstone 0-2 Celtic
Los Che are unbeaten in their last five matches although are without a win in their last three following their latest goalless stalemate with Real Sociedad on Sunday – their third successive draw in all competitions. This was also their third consecutive clean sheet at home in La Liga.
Valencia recent results:
10/02/2019 – Valencia 0-0 Sociedad
07/02/2019 – Real Betis 2-2 Valencia
02/02/2019 – Barcelona 2-2 Valencia
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