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United to ease through but keep an eye on Celta

United to ease through but keep an eye on Celta


We are approaching the business end of the Europa League and the eight remaining teams will all now be dreaming of lifting the trophy in Solna on May 24.

Manchester United are the current 5/4 favourites and boss Jose Mourinho has already admitted that he is keen to add this piece of silverware to the EFL Cup he picked up in February.

Next up for them in the quarter-finals is Belgian side Anderlecht. Unlike United, the Brussels club have won this tournament in the past, triumphing in 1982-83 in its previous guise of the UEFA Cup.

They have also beaten Zenit St Petersburg in the tournament and are 33/1 to cause a major shock by winning the competition.

However, United should have enough to go through and that is demonstrated by their price of 4/27 to qualify, in comparison to Anderlecht’s 9/2.

Lyon are currently the second favourites for the tournament at 14/5 but face a tough quarter-final draw against Turkish champions Besiktas.

Les Gones were excellent in defeating Roma in the last 16 and the club’s hierarchy have made no secret of their belief that their young side can go all the way.

Besiktas will be a tough nut to crack but will be hampered by the suspension of Vincent Aboubakar for the opening leg.

Although they are 4/13 to qualify, this well be a real test for Lyon’s young guns but with home advantage in the first leg, they should book their place in the last eight ahead of the Kara Kartallar, who are 23/10 to progress.

Two former winners are also due to meet in the last eight as 1992 champions Ajax take on 1997 winners Schalke.

This appears a tough one to call with Ajax always capable of causing an upset while Die Konigsblauen have talent in abundance.

Schalke probably have the beating of them over 180 minutes though and should justify their 20/29 favourites tag.

In the final tie, Celta Vigo take on Genk. The Spaniards have gone about their business quietly, beating Shakhtar Donetsk and Krasnodar in the knockout rounds and look tempting at 6/1 for overall glory.

Genk too have battled through but Celta represent a step up in class and at 5/14 should qualify at a canter.

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