Europa League Round of 16 – 1st Leg Line Report
The UEFA Europa League round of 16 draw was held in late February in Nyon, Switzerland. The first leg of each draw will be played a week from today, March 7, with second leg action taking place on Friday, March 14.
Arsenal v Rennes
London based Arsenal is among the Westgate of Las Vegas favorites to win the competition. The Gunners drew Ligue 1 side Stade Rennes. Both sides staged come-from-behind victories to advance to the round of 16. Arsenal overcame a 1-0 in the first leg against BATE Borisov to advance on a 3-1 aggregate. Additionally Rennes dug deep and found the energy to fell Real Betis 3-1 to win 6-4 on aggregate.
The Round of 16 first leg matches will take place at Emirates in London. Furthermore Arsenal has what should be considered a favorable draw. However the timing of the event puts the Gunners on watch. The club is slated for the first leg as mentioned on March 7th. Consequently the first leg is sandwiched between Saturday’s March 2nd match in the North London Derby and a showdown vs Manchester United on March 10th.
Chelsea v Dynamo Kyiv
Another English club on the top half of the EPL table, Chelsea, was awarded a meet with Dynamo Kiev. As a result it requires a extended travel to Ukraine with its draw. The Blues have the opportunity to set the tone at Stamford Bridge on March 7. Accordingly Chelsea will be faced with the task of closing out the tie 1,500 miles away in Kiev. In addition if Chelsea should fail to advance beyond Dynamo Kiev look for drama between the club’s front office and current manager Maurizio Sarri.
Arguably the match that sets up to be the feature of Round of 16 pits Eintracht Frankfurt and Inter Milan. In this case Frankfurt is in fine form. The Die Adler has earned a positive result in seven of its eight games. And this Eagles club has scored more goals (23) than any other team in the competition. Frankfurt and Inter is a can’t miss exciting event.
UEFA Europa League Round of 16 Draw
- Chelsea v Dynamo Kyiv
- Frankfurt v Inter
- Dinamo Zagreb v Benfica
- Napoli v Salzburg
- Valencia v Krasnodar
- Sevilla v Slavia Praha
- Arsenal v Rennes*
- Zenit v Villarreal
The teams drawn first (on the left) will play at home in the first leg. *This tie has been switched, with Arsenal at home in the second leg. Fixtures take place on 7 and 14 March.
7 March: Round of 16, first leg
14 March: Round of 16, second leg
15 March: Quarter-final & semi-final draw
11 April: Quarter-finals, first leg
18 April: Quarter-finals, second leg
2 May: Semi-finals, first leg
9 May: Semi-finals, second leg
Wednesday 29 May: Final – Olympic Stadium, Baku
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