Dynamo Kiev vs Villarreal:
Dynamo Kiev will face Villarreal in the second round of the Europa League on Thursday evening.
Dynamo Kiev remain winless against Spanish sides with the record favouring Villareal against their Russia opponent.
Villarreal is favourite here and for a reason considering their unbeaten head to head record (W1, D1) and undefeated Europa League campaign so far (W7, D1 – includes a walkover).
With five of those games witnessing goals before half time, the first-half action looks a distinct possibility here.
The away team is tipped to win this clash with a narrow goal margin.
Granada vs Molde
Granada will be at home against Molde for the Europa League Round of 16 clash at Los Carmens on Thursday evening.
Granda has been solid defensively and has been able to see out the threat from the opposing team, thanks to their strong defensive quality, the exact strength that saw them defeat Napoli on goals aggregate.
Molde is a modest team in this tournament but the Sweden team sent a shock wave when they dumped out Hoffenheim in the previous round to seal their qualification in the round of 16.
This match will not be a pushover for Diego Martínez’s team but they have what it takes to scale through.
Tottenham vs Dinamo Zagreb
Tottenham Hotspur will welcome Dinamo Zagreb to Tottenham Stadium on Thursday evening when both teams wrestle for a place in the quarterfinals of the Europa League.
Though Jose Mourinho’s men are in great form at the moment after winning their last four matches and they have won all their home matches in the Europa League which underline their status as a heavy favourite for this encounter against Croatia side.
Dinamo Zagreb is also on a good run in this competition with eight straight winning two of which came in the last round of this competition against Krasnodar.
Seven of those wins were accompanied by a clean sheet, highlighting the defensive efficiency of the Croatian champions.
Olympiacos vs Arsenal
Arsenal will be praying that lightning does not strike twice against Olympiacos when they kick off their Europa League last-16 tie against the Greek giants on Thursday at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium.
The hosts overcame PSV 5-4 on aggregate to advance to the next stage, while Arsenal staged a dramatic comeback to dump Benfica out in the last 32.
It was Olympiacos who knocked Arsenal out of the Europa League last year, expelling their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League, and the Gunners find themselves in a similar position this season.
Mikel Arteta’s side are currently 10th in the Premier League, 12 points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, a gap that will be hard to bridge even with a game in hand.
Revenge will be on the mind of Arteta and many of his charges when they take the field versus Olympiacos on Thursday.
Manchester United vs AC Milan
Manchester United continue their quest for Europa League glory when they host AC Milan in the first leg of their last-16 clash on Thursday.
More accustomed to going head-to-head at the elite level, this heavyweight last-16 tie pits together a pair of once-dominant clubs, now edging closer to former glories under unfashionable but effective management.
Manchester United are yet to win a trophy under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in his two-year spell in charge of the club, often falling at the penultimate hurdle.
Last season they reached the semi-finals of the League Cup, FA Cup and Europa League, falling to eventual winners Sevilla in the latter.
In the last round they cruised past Real Sociedad, winning 4-0 on aggregate with all goals coming in the first leg, but now they face a fellow European giant.
AC Milan last-32 run wasn’t as convincing, however, as they drew 3-3 with Red Star Belgrade on aggregate and only advanced on goal difference, results that have come as part of an underwhelming run.