Thirty-two teams are fighting to qualify in the round of 16 of the 2nd tier European competition, Europa League. After an interesting 1st leg with many upsets but also some expected results, we are back to deliver our top tips.
<h2>Eintracht Frankfurt vs Shakhtar Donetsk</h2><p>Thursday, February 21, Commerzbank-Arena</p><p>As expected, this tie is one of the most interesting ones. Once again, the two teams showed their offensive appetite scoring 2 goals each in the 1st leg. The hosts managed to score two away goals in the reverse match which gives them an advantage in the 2nd leg. They struggle to keep clean sheets conceding in 13 of their previous 14 matches across all competitions entering this match on the back of 5 consecutive draws including the reverse match in Ukraine. For the visitors, the 1st home leg against Eintracht was their 1st competitive match of the year. They played more than 80 minutes with a man down after receiving a red card 11 minutes in the game, but they managed to come back from 1 goal down and to hold Eintracht to a 2-2 draw. They have an amazing squad fully packed with talented Brazilian-born players like Marlos, Taison or Junior Moraes who are very creative and can win a match on their own. The hosts rested their star striker Luka Jovic last weekend against Gladbach to have him 100% fit on Thursday. <a href="http://www.oddsmarket.com/football/int/uefa-europa-league/eintracht-frankfurt-vs-fc-shakhtar-donetsk-3696238/?mtid=1">We expect another high-scoring affair</a> between 2 great attacking sides.</p><p>Best tip for the match: Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals in the match at 49/50 (1.98) with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=acd6b93a-905e-45af-90ef-7eb1df661829">Coral</a></p><p> </p><h2>Benfica vs Galatasaray</h2><p>Thursday, February 21, Estádio da Luz</p><p>Benfica’s two away goals they scored in the 2-1 win against Galatasaray are very important in this 2-legged match. They enter this match on the back of 6 consecutive win across all competitions, winning 9 of their previous 10 home matches (against FC Porto in the Portuguese Cup). They have one day less than Galata at their disposal to recover and prepare for Thursday’s clash against the Turkish giants. Both sides have rested some of their key players last weekend in their domestic fixtures. Benfica’s Salvio is doubtful for this match but even without him, they look stronger and most of all they are playing in front of their fans. The Turkish side will be forced to have an attacking approach and overcome the 1 goal deficit, but Benfica are deadly on the break and we expect them to qualify in style<a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/football/int/uefa-europa-league/benfica-lisbon-vs-galatasaray-3696355/?mtid=1"> with another win at home</a>.</p><p>Best tip for the match: Benfica to win at 7/10 (1.7) with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18">Bet365</a>.</p><p> </p><h2>Betis vs Rennes</h2><p>Thursday, February 21, Benito Villamarín Stadium</p><p>Rennes saw their 4-match unbeaten run come to an end last weekend when they lost 2-0 on the road to Reims. That’s understandable as they main objective is to qualify further in Europa League. They were impressive at home against Betis, but they failed to secure the 2 goals lead being held to a thrilling 3-3 draw. They have an experienced squad with a strong middle with Ismaila Sarr and Clement Grenier and talented attack with Hatem Ben Arfa and M'Baye Niang, all rested against Reims. Despite having no European experience at this level, Rennes’ players are determined to write history for their club. Betis have lost just 3 home matches this season in front of their fans, but they conceded in almost in almost every match. <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/football/int/uefa-europa-league/real-betis-balompie-vs-stade-rennes-3696357/?mtid=1">We expect another thrilling match</a>, maybe not with 6 goals but at least with 3.</p><p>Best tip for the match: Over 2.5 goals in the match at 9/10 (1.9) with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=153&a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6">Betfair</a>.</p>