MY heading yesterday read “Man United to clean up like Ajax” but I didn't believe it.
But miracles do happen and for the second night running we saw one in the Champions League.
Man United became the first team in CL history to lose 2-0 at home and qualify thanks to a remarkable win at PSG.
While it was 3-1 in Paris the score on the site was maccathered 0, Greg 1. The Liverpool fan tipped PSG to win to nil and questioned Greg napping United to score inside 70-odd minutes.
It took them just over 70 seconds and maccathered got it with both barrels. He asked for it but keep the banter sensible and don't make it personal please.
My treble was downed by Young Boys' heavy loss to Lucerne in the Swiss Cup so that was 1pt wasted.
Well done to Greg and all the other winners, especially those who fancied Man United.
The Russian are perennial Europa League contender and should beat a Villarreal side whose main focus must be avoiding the drop from La Liga after sinking into the relegation zone.
Zenit have won 11 and drawn one of their last 12 games in this competition and while Villarreal have proved tough to beat in Europe they really have to exit and concentrate on safety.
Another side I like are Eintracht Frankfurt who won their six group games then beat Shakhtar Donetsk 6-3 on aggregate to reach the last 16. Eintracht are a class outfit and will expect to take a first-leg lead to an Inter side who lost 2-1 at Cagliari last Friday and have conceded five in their last two outings. Eintracht can win this even without Ante Rebic but on an acca take them +1.
Arsenal have been in decent nick and their game in Rennes could be a cracker. Both teams are better in attack then defence and while the Gunners are hot favourites it has to be noted Julien Stephan's side are unbeaten at home in 12 games (9 wins, 3 draws) since he took charge. Arsenal are weakened by the absence of Alexandre Lacazette but should get plenty of chances in what could be a high scorer.
Complete the treble with both to score at Napoli v Red Bull Salzburg. Both sides love to attack and while Napoli are short-priced favourites Red Bull can compete with the best on their day. They also took 18 out of 18 in the group stage and hammered Bruges 4-0 in the last 32 after losing 2-1 away.
2pts Super Single
- Zenit (5.55pm)
- (23-20, Betfred)
2pts Top Treble
- Eintracht Frankfurt +1 (5.55pm)
- Rennes v Arsenal over 2.5 goals (5.55pm)
- Napoli v Red Bull Salzburg btts (8pm)
- (19-5, Betway)
Mr Fixit's March Super Singles Total: -6pts
Mr Fixit's March Accas Total: +14.8pts