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All five British sides who qualified for the last 32 of the Europa League picked up a positive result in their respective 1st leg ties last week, but I feel one team will struggle to qualify for the round of 16.

Braga to win

Braga v Rangers (2-3)

This is the sole tie taking place on Wednesday and Steven Gerrard’s Rangers side fought back brilliantly from 2-0 down to take a lead back to the Estadio Municipal de Braga.

The Portuguese outfit were unbeaten in 14 European games prior to that defeat in Glasgow, but they are on a run of eight European home games since their last home loss and I think they will edge past a Rangers side who dropped another valuable two points in the Scottish Premiership at St Johnstone on Sunday.

Three second-half goals were enough to give Braga the points against Setubal on Sunday and the hosts are taken to do enough to make it through to the next round.

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Under 1.5 goals

Espanyol v Wolves (0-4)


Wolves take a 4-0 lead to Barcelona for the second leg and it is hard to see Espanyol, who remain bottom of La Liga after Sunday’s defeat at Real Valladolid, getting back into the tie.

Wolves warmed up for the trip to Spain with a comfortable 3-0 home success against Norwich at Molineux on Sunday and I expect them to comfortably qualify for the next round.

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Arsenal to win and both teams to score

Arsenal v Olympiakos (1-0)

Arsenal rode their luck on occasions against Everton at the Etihad on Sunday, but this new-look Gunners outfit are beginning to make winning a habit and I feel they will build on the 1-0 lead they take into the tie against Olympiakos from last week’s game in Piraeus.

The Greeks did win their last game at the Emirates back in 2015 but they lost 4-2 at Spurs in the Champions League earlier in the season, and I expect their return visit to north London to end in another defeat.

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Celtic to win to nil

Celtic v FC Copenhagen (1-1)

Celtic took the lead but were held to a 1-1 draw in the Danish capital last week, but I don’t think they will make any mistake back at Parkhead on Thursday.

The Bhoys went 12 points clear at the top of the Premiership table following their 3-1 home win over Kilmarnock at the weekend when they had to come from behind. With that away goal in Copenhagen under their belt, it is advantage Celtic going into the second leg and I think the hosts will win a tight, close affair.

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Manchester United to win 1-0

Manchester United v Club Bruges (1-1)


Manchester United continued their excellent run of form with a comprehensive 3-0 defeat of Watford on Sunday although that scoreline did not flatter the Hornets who might have got something from the game on another day.

Anthony Martial has scored in his last three appearances for United and his equaliser in Bruges could be the vital goal in the tie. This might not be the walk in the park that many would have us believe, but I expect Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to make it safely through to the last 16.

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