S
SEARCH
M
SW

A look at the main talking points surrounding the Europa League

:Headline: A look at the main talking points surrounding the Europa League: ID:436582: from db_amp
The Red Devils are all but assured of their place in the last 16 but Arsenal, Leicester and Rangers are chasing positive results.

Few of the remaining Europa League combatants can consider their work already done as they prepare for the second legs of their round-of-32 ties on Thursday.

Premier League side Manchester United take a 4-0 lead into their clash with Spaniards Real Sociedad at Old Trafford after a dream first leg in Turin, but the likes of Arsenal, Leicester and Rangers still have much to play for.

PSV Eindhoven have an uphill battle to claw back a two-goal deficit against Olympiacos, while Ligue 1 leaders Lille face a difficult trip to Ajax after a 2-1 home defeat.

Here, the PA news agency takes a look at some of the talking points surrounding the latest round of fixtures.

Job all but done

While Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will allow his players to take nothing for granted, he will know their hugely impressive first-leg performance planted one foot firmly in the last 16. Goals either side of half-time from Bruno Fernandes and further strikes from Marcus Rashford and Daniel James secured a priceless 4-0 advantage and a platform from which to kill off any lingering hope for Real Sociedad if they can score early. There is also perhaps an opportunity to rest some of his bigger names.

Graft for the Gunners

Arsenal's Bukayo Saka (left) celebrates his equaliser against Benfica (Marco Iacobucci/PA)

Bukayo Saka's equaliser in Rome ensured Arsenal head into their second-leg showdown with Benfica all square at 1-1, but with work to do. The Gunners have won only one of their last six games in all competitions – they beat Premier League rivals Leeds 4-2 on February 14 after racing into a 4-0 lead – and have lost three of them, a run which culminated in Sunday's 1-0 home defeat by Manchester City. A goalless draw would see Mikel Arteta's men through, but the manager will be keen to leave nothing to chance. Leicester, meanwhile, host Slavia Prague with the tie delicately poised at 0-0 after the Czech Republic leg.

Goals, goals, goals

At least one of the eight clubs which joined the competition from the Champions League will not make it to the last 16 with Club Brugge and Dynamo Kiev, who drew 1-1 in Ukraine, going head-to-head. RB Salzburg are in danger of joining the losers after a 2-0 home defeat by Villarreal, while Russian outfit Krasnodar head for Dinamo Zagreb trailing 3-2. Ajax, Shakhtar Donetsk, Olympiacos and Manchester United, however, all boast first-leg leads.

Serenity at San Siro?

AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli will hope for a rather less eventful evening at San Siro than he endured at the Rajko Mitic Stadium in Belgrade last week when Red Star Belgrade head for Lombardy. The Italians, who lost the Milan derby 3-0 at the weekend, led 1-0 and 2-1 in Serbia courtesy of Radovan Pankov's own goal and Theo Hernandez's penalty either side of Guelor Kanga's spot-kick, but eventually had to make do with a 2-2 draw after the home side levelled in stoppage time through substitute Milan Pavkov despite Milan Rodic's 77th-minute red card.

amp_article__436582 : Database Data restored...  : 
last updated article - 2021-02-24 15:26:45:
html db last update - 2021-03-11 16:33:47 :

ex - 7200 : read : read cache amp html
Share this article now:
Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City33245469244577
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd32199464352966
3Leicester CityLeicester32185958372159
4Chelsea321510750311955
5West Ham UnitedWest Ham32167953421155
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs331581056381853
7Liverpool32158954381653
8Everton31147104340349
9Arsenal32137124436846
10Leeds UnitedLeeds32144145050046
11Aston Villa31135134435944
12Wolverhampton WanderersWolves32118133241-941
13Crystal Palace31108133352-1938
14Southampton32106164058-1836
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle3298153553-1835
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton32713123338-534
17Burnley3289152645-1933
18Fulham33512162543-1827
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom3259182862-3424
RSheffield UnitedSheff Utd3242261756-3914
Scroll for more - Tap for full version

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
UC
Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City33245469244577
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd32199464352966
3Leicester CityLeicester32185958372159
4Chelsea321510750311955
5West Ham UnitedWest Ham32167953421155
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs331581056381853
7Liverpool32158954381653
8Everton31147104340349
9Arsenal32137124436846
10Leeds UnitedLeeds32144145050046
11Aston Villa31135134435944
12Wolverhampton WanderersWolves32118133241-941
13Crystal Palace31108133352-1938
14Southampton32106164058-1836
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle3298153553-1835
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton32713123338-534
17Burnley3289152645-1933
18Fulham33512162543-1827
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom3259182862-3424
RSheffield UnitedSheff Utd3242261756-3914
Scroll for more - Tap for full version
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
X

We value your privacy

A part of our GDPR compliance we need to ask for your consent. We and our partners use technology such as cookies on Sports Mole to personalise content and ads, provide social media features, and analyse our traffic. Click below to consent to the use of this technology on Sports Mole.