Europa League Round Of 16 Fixtures

The draw for the Europa League Round Of 16 took place Friday with three out of five British sides getting through to the next round

The Europa League is becoming a bigger and better competition each year. With each league not having enough Champions League places available, teams are now looking to get through via the Europa League.

This year there were five British teams in the Europa League this year with at least three of them capable of winning the competition.

We are now in the knockout stages of the competition where there are no restrictions on who teams can draw. The first of the two legs is to take place next week on March 12th, with the second on March 19th.

LASK vs Man United – 17:55

Many people were asking who when United drew LASK in the Round Of 16. They play in the Austrian Bundesliga and came runners up last season. LASK were in the Europa League last season but only got to the third qualifying round. This season though they did very well, finishing top of Group D which had PSV, Sporting Lisbon and Rosenborg in.

United also finished top of their group and will be confident of getting past the Austrian side. LASK wasn’t expected to do this well, however, and after beating PSV and Sporting they shouldn’t be taken lightly. With United’s new signing Bruno Fernandes they seem a different team and will need him to be at his best again.

United are the favourites to win the Europa League at 7/2 and the favourites for the first leg at 6/5. LASK are 66/1 to win the competition and 23/10 for next weeks game.

Olympiakos vs Wolves – 20:00

Both sides came through the Round Of 32 in dramatic fashion. Olympiakos turned around a 1-0 first-leg defeat at home to Arsenal to win 2-1 in the last minute of extra time. This was a shock exit for the English side but Olympiakos played well and deserved to go through. Wolves came through after a nine-goal thriller over the two legs. They beat Espanyol 4-0 at home in the first leg and lost 3-2 away in the second leg.

Wolves have put in some brilliant performances in the Premier League this season, beating Man City twice and Spurs once. If they can bring this sort of performance against Olympiakos, they should be able to get through to the quarter-finals.

Wolves are one of the favourites for the competition at 6/1 but aren’t expected to get the win at Olympiakos. The Greek side are the 7/5 favourites for the first leg with Wolves at 9/5.

Rangers vs Bayer Leverkusen – 20:00

This wasn’t the Scottish side everyone expected to get through. Gerrard’s side looked out of the competition after an hour of their first leg against Braga. They were 2-0 down but somehow managed to score three before the final whistle to give them a good chance of going through. Rangers went away to Braga and won 1-0 to send them through winning 4-2 on aggregate. Leverkusen, like Olympiakos, came into the competition after finishing third in the Champions League group stages.

Rangers will have it all to do in this tie as Leverkusen are a good team. They managed to get through the last round when no one expected them to. Rangers are huge outsiders to win the competition at 50/1 with Leverkusen at 9/1.

Even though the first leg is at the Ibrox, Rangers aren’t the favourites at 2/1. Bayer are priced at 5/4 to get a first-leg lead.