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Thirty-two teams still have a chance to win this year's UEFA Europa League title, and the Round of 16 will continue on Thursday, as Chelsea, Arsenal, Napoli, Inter Milan and Valencia will be at the rendezvous. .
Head coach Maurizio Sarri desperately needs a result after his Chelsea team was beaten 6-0 at Manchester City on Sunday and he's heading to Malmo as a big favorite. Arsenal is also on the road and travels to Belarus for the first leg of his clash against BATE Borisov.
Fenerbahce opened the round of 16 on Tuesday with a 1-0 home win against Zenit St. Petersburg, but the leaders of the Russian Premier League are far from equal before the return leg next week.
Naples, Inter, Benfica and Valencia are four of eight teams ready to enter the Europa League after finishing third in their respective UEFA Champions League groups. This quartet has won the top spots, while Shakhtar Donetsk, Galatasaray, Viktoria Plzen and Club Brugge have not been sown.
Valencia faces a tough challenge against Celtic in Glasgow, Scotland, while Villarreal, La Liga representative, has a tough stage against Sporting CP in Lisbon, Portugal.
Sevilla will be in Rome for a match against Lazio at Stadio Olimpico, while Naples should have an idea of his chances with a visit to FC Zurich in Switzerland.
Thursday schedule, forecasts
BATE Borisov 1-3 Arsenal, 17:55 BST / 12:55 ET, BT Sport 2 (United Kingdom)
Krasnodar 2-2 Bayer Leverkusen, 17:55 BST / 12:55 ET, BT Sport Extra (UK)
Galatasaray 1-2 Benfica, 17:55 BST / 12:55 ET, BT Sport Extra (UK)
Lazio 1-0 Sevilla, 17:55 BST / 12:55 ET, BT Sport ESPN (UK)
Olympiakos 2-1 Dynamo Kiev, 17:55 BST / 12:55 ET, BT Sport Extra (UK)
Rapid Vienna 1-2 Inter Milan, 17:55 BST / 12:55 ET, BT Sport Extra (UK)
Rennes 2-0 Real Betis, 17:55 BST / 12:55 ET, BT Sport Extra (UK)
Slavia Prague 1-1 Genk, 17:55 BST / 12:55 ET, BT Sport Extra (UK)
Celtic 2-2 Valencia, 20h BST / 15h ET, BT Sport 3 (UK)
Club Brugge 0-1 Red Bull Salzburg, 20h BST / 15h ET, BT Sport Extra (UK)
FC Zurich 0-2 Napoli, 20h BST / 15h ET, BT Sport Extra (UK)
Malmo 1-2 Chelsea, 20h BST / 15h ET, BT Sport 2 (United Kingdom)
Viktoria Plzen 1-1 Dinamo Zagreb, 20h BST / 15h ET, BT Sport Extra (UK)
Shakhtar Donetsk 3-2 Eintracht Frankfurt, 20h BST / 15h ET, BT Sport Extra (UK)
Sporting CP 2-1 Villarreal, 20h BST / 15h ET, BT Sport Extra (UK)
B / R Live provides live coverage of the UEFA Europa League, while fuboTV and Univision Deportes will also be broadcast in the United States. Viewers from the UK can connect via the BT Sport application.
BATE Borisov (27-4), Draw (15-4), Arsenal (10-21)
Krasnodar (27-10), Draw (14-5), Bayer Leverkusen (15-14)
Galatasaray (9-5), Draw (12-5), Benfica (16-9)
Lazio (7-5)Draw (19-8), Sevilla (20-9)
Olympiakos (42-41), Draw (29-12), Dynamo Kiev (13-4)
Vienna fast (5-1)Draw (3-1), Inter Milan (13-19)
Rennes (9-5), Draw (43-19), Real Betis (11-6)
Slavia Prague (53-35), Draw (23-10), Genk (36-17)
Celtic (13-5), Draw (29-12), Valencia (14-11)
Club Brugge (12-5), Draw (29-11), Red Bull Salzburg (17-14)
FC Zurich (7-1), Draw (15-4), Napoli (7-15)
Malmo (39-4), Draw (54-13), Chelsea (7-19)
Viktoria Plzen (32-21), Draw (12-5), Dinamo Zagreb (21-10)
Shakhtar Donetsk (25-18)Draw (5-2), Eintracht Frankfurt (23-10)
Sporting CP (25-19), Draw (53-21), Villarreal (23-10)
Sarri, who has to find his supporters after Chelsea's defeat in the Premier League against City, did not have the impression of having a simple Europa League match.
The 6-0 defeat at Etihad Stadium has been the Blues' worst defeat since 1991, but Goal's Nizaar Kinsella has offered consolation that the Swedish Malmo team should be comfortably dismissed:
Nizaar Kinsella @NizaarKinsella
What is the best match after losing 6-0 against Man City for Chelsea? One against a club with a salary bill 24 times smaller than the one they may have. It would be one of the big European surprises to see Malmo win. https://t.co/z4dU7KRJJm
Chelsea's defeat on Sunday was her fourth straight away defeat, but she hopes to end the decay in Malmo, whose 2019 season will not start until the end of March.
Arsenal will travel nearly 2,000 kilometers to the Borisov Arena, where they will face host country BATE, which will not start its national season until late March.
Tifo Football recently provided a summary of the history of the Belarusian team:
A 2-1 win at Huddersfield Town on Saturday was not very confident for Unai Emery's team, who did not have two of her most technically talented stars because of an illness, according to Simon Stone of BBC Sport:
Simon Stone @sistoney67
Ozil + Aubameyang ill. Ramsey slight knee injury. Doubt for the match @Arsenal Europa League on Thursday.
There is a chance that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Mesut Ozil can play against BATE after Tashan Deniran-Alleyne Football.London said his conditions had improved since the win against the Terriers.
Celtic moved ahead of RB Leipzig, Group B, with a win in 32nd. Their task will not be easier with the visit of Valencia, undefeated in his last five La Liga matches.
The Hoops will be delighted to learn that star strikers Rodrigo and Santi Mina have been excluded from the Valencia group. Super Deporte (sports witness) OptaJose showed how crucial the pair is to Los Che:
23 – Santi Mina scored more goals than any other @valenciacf_en player under Marcelino Garcia Toral in all competitions (Rodrigo Moreno 21). Critical. https://t.co/jeyjt2kJcT
Calciomercato According to reported information, Ciro Immobile and Luis Alberto are both fighting to get in shape before the home showdown of Lazio against Sevilla, the former hope to face his former employers in Rome.
Napoli and Inter should be more than capable of winning during their visits to Zurich and Rapid Vienna, respectively. Benfica beat Sunday CD Nacional 10-0 in the Primeira Liga during an encouraging warm-up for his trip to Galatasaray.