Picking winners from the games doesn't look easy and my advice would be to side with goals. First-leg affairs are not as tight as you'd think in this competition and looking back over the last few seasons at the last-16 stage, you're getting not far off 2.6 goals per match which goes to show how open first-leg games have been.
I've picked out three games where we should see over 1.5 goals land quite easily.
- Eintracht Frankfurt vs Inter Milan (5.55pm)
- Rennes vs Arsenal (5.55pm)
- Napoli vs Salzburg (8pm)
Nothing flash here, Frankfurt are flying at the moment. Their last 22 home matches have all seen over 1.5 goals and with their strong home record in all competitions (scored 2 or more in their last 9 Europa league home matches) we should manage some goals here.
Rennes have seen 27 of their last 29 home matches feature at least 2 goals and their European record of 15 of their last 17 at home seeing 2 or more goals bodes well with Arsenal making the short trip over the Channel.
We all know how good Napoli are at home and with 18 of their last 20 at home in this competition seeing 2 or more goals we should see at least 2 goals tonight against a Salzburg side who have cruised through the tournament so far winning 8 of their 9 matches with 8 of those over 1.5 goals.
- Over 1.5 goals treble
- 11/10 (Bet365) (NAP)
- 8 matches total goals 23+
- 11/8 (Skybet)