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United to cruise through but expect drama elsewhere

United to cruise through but expect drama elsewhere

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Thursday sees the conclusion of the Europa League’s last 16 and following drama in last week’s opening legs, there is sure to be plenty more excitement.

The game that stands out most is Manchester United’s clash with Rostov. The pair played out a 1-1 draw in Russia but it will be a case of roles reversed at Old Trafford, with this time the Selmashi the ones facing the arduous journey across Europe.

United battled hard but were eventually outdone by Chelsea in the FA Cup on Monday. However, they will welcome back a number of their stars for this one, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Swede is 12/5 to open the scoring, while his side are 20/87 to win and 1/10 to qualify.

Another draw is 19/4 and at 13/1, Rostov cannot be ruled out. Ivan Daniliants’ men have avoided defeat in their last seven outings and are 11/2 to qualify but in truth it looks set to be sure-fire victory for the tournament favourites.

While that game appears fairly straightforward, the fixture between Roma and Lyon is likely to be the opposite. Les Gones excelled in beating their rivals 4-2 last week and Bruno Genesio’s young stars will relish their trip to the Eternal City.

The Giallorossi bounced back from three straight defeats in all competitions to beat Palermo 3-0 at the weekend and are 5/7 for the victory.

Edin Dzeko is the tournament’s top scorer with eight and is 59/20 to break the deadlock, while Alexandre Lacazette is 9/2 in the same market having netted the final goal last week.

Lyon are 33/10 to win but home advantage could favour Roma and a Giallorossi victory with both to score looks good at 29/20. However, Lyon’s attacking ability means they are always dangerous and could just sneak qualification.

Elsewhere and the all-German clash between Borussia Monchengladbach and Schalke certainly appeals. The pair drew 1-1 last week but Die Fohlen cruised to a 4-2 triumph when they met earlier this month and at 11/10, should have enough.

Home wins could be a theme on Thursday, with Ajax looking good to beat Copenhagen at 10/13, while Genk are a handy 27/20 to do the double over domestic rivals Gent.

Krasnodar are also usually good at home and are a tempting 7/5 to overcome Celta Vigo, while Besiktas should also beat Olympiakos at 20/33.

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