The return of the Champions League and Europa League midweek as the competitions reach the knock out stages

 

BATE Borisov v Arsenal

The sides met in the Group stages of the competition last season with the Gunners winning both games scoring ten times in the process.

Arsenal have kept a clean sheet in their last five Europa League games, but I feel they will have to settle for a draw at best on Thursday such is their current away form in the Premier League. Bate have lost all three previous home games against English opposition, but I feel they will get a positive result against Unai Emery’s side although I fully expect the Premier League outfit to qualify for the last 16.

Tip: BATE double result – draw or win at

 

Celtic v Valencia

This is Celtic’s sixth appearance in the Europa League and they have never made it past the last 32. Valencia have drawn their last three domestic games and I feel the sides will be all square as they head back to the Mestalla next week.

Valencia have never kept a clean sheet in eight previous European ties in Scotland, but I expect to see a tight cagey affair in Glasgow.

Tip: Game to finish in a draw at

 

Malmo FF v Chelsea

Malmo are unbeaten in their last eight home European ties – qualifiers included – but I expect Chelsea to return to winning ways after their heavy defeat at the Etihad on Sunday.

The Blues played their part in a thrilling opening to the game against City, however, and they will not face anything of that calibre in Sweden. This is a big week for Chelsea with Manchester United the visitors to the Bridge on Sunday in the FA Cup 5th Round.

I expect Chelsea to take a lead back to the capital next week for the second leg.

Tip: Chelsea to win to nil at

 

Odds are correct at the time of posting

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