Europa League – Best of the Rest – Round of 32 (Leg 1)

With 16 matchups in the Europa League’s Round of 32, we simply couldn’t write about them all. We did write about eight of the most compelling matchups, either because one of the clubs is a favorite to make it all the way to Baku, or because both clubs have about an equal chance to reach the next round and a small chance to make it all the way themselves.

Here’s the list with links to previews of those eight matchups:

As for the other eight matchups, here’s a brief look at each of those matches, including the favored club for the Round of 32 (according to FiveThirtyEight). Depending on how the first match goes this week, we may cover these eight matches a little more in depth next week.

Fenerbahçe v Zenit Saint Petersburg (Zenit favored 59%)
12 February, 5:55pm GMT (12:55pm EST), Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey

Zenit won Group C during the Group Stage, while Fenerbahçe finished second behind Dinamo Zagreb in Group D. The clubs have a combined 1% chance of reaching the final entering leg 1.


Slavia Prague v Genk (Genk favored 73%)
14 February, 5:55pm GMT (12:55pm EST), Sinobo Stadium, Prague, Czech Republic

Slavia finished second behind Zenit Saint Petersburg in Group C during the Europa League group stage. Genk won Group I on Matchday 6. Genk has a 4% chance of reaching the final and a 2% chance of winning the whole thing.


Rennes v Real Betis (Real Betis favored 65%)
14 February, 5:55pm GMT (12:55pm EST), Roazhon Park, Rennes, France

Rennes finished second behind Dynamo Kyiv in Group K during the Europa League group stage. Real Betis won Group F with a scoreless draw against F91 Dudelange. Real Betis has a 7% chance of advancing to the final and a 3% chance of winning the entire competition.


Olympiacos v Dynamo Kyiv (Olympiacos favored 58%)
14 February, 5:55pm GMT (12:55pm EST), Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus, Greece

Olympiacos finished second behind Real Betis in Group F of the Europa League group stage. They clinched second after defeating AC Milanon Matchday 6. Dynamo Kyiv won Group K. Combined, the clubs have a 12% chance of reaching the final, and a combined chance of 6% to win the whole thing.


Galatasaray v Benfica (Benfica favored 59%)
14 February, 5:55pm GMT (12:55pm EST), Türk Telekom Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey

This is the only matchup in the Round of 32 between clubs that came over from the Champions League after finishing third in their group. Galatasaray finished a distant third behind Porto and Schalke 04 in Group D, while Benfica couldn’t keep pace with Bayern Munich and Ajax in Group E. Both clubs have long odds to win the Europa League, with Benfica the best among the two at 4% (Galatasaray is at 2%).


 

Viktoria Plzeň v Dinamo Zagreb (Viktoria favored 51%)
14 February, 8:00pm GMT (3:00pm EST), Doosan Arena, Plzeň, Czech Republic

Viktoria finished third in Group G of during the Champions League group stage behind Real Madrid and Roma and was transfered to Europa League after winning the head-to-head tiebreaker against CSKA Moscow. Dinamo Zagreb won Group D in the Europa League Group Stage. The clubs have a combined 3% chance of reaching the final.


Club Brugge v Red Bull Salzburg (RB Salzburg favored 65%)
14 February, 8:00pm GMT (3:00pm EST), Jan Breydel Stadium, Bruges, Belgium

Club Brugge finished third in Group A during the Champions League group stage behind Borussia Dortmund and Atlético Madrid. Red Bull Salzburg won Group B during the Europa League group stage, going 6-0-0 in the process. RB Salzburg has a 12% chance of reaching the final and a 6% chance of winning, making them the favorite among this group of clubs.


Sporting CP v Villarreal (Villarreal favored 56%)
14 February, 8:00pm GMT (3:00pm EST), Estádio José Alvalade, Lisbon, Portugal

Sporting CP finished second behind Arsenal in Group E during the Europa League group stage. Villarreal won Group G over Rapid Vienna based on head-to-head tiebreaker. Villarreal has long odds to win the tournament, with only a 2% chance to do so.


The overall odds for the clubs here could be impacted by their draw, so we’ll have to see if there is a dramatic shift in anything after the first match in the round this week. If there are any upsets among this group (or the other eight), it could be quite the shake up. We’ll be keeping an eye on it all to see if anything changes before next week’s matches kick off  on the 20th!

Until next time…

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