Europa League – Quarterfinal Draw

And then there were eight…

After an exciting (but mostly chalk) Round of 16, we have arrived at the Europa League quarterfinals. The draw – which placed the teams in quarterfinal and semifinal brackets – occurred earlier this morning in Switzerland. Restrictions as to who could play have been lifted, though we did have a scheduling change after the draw due to two London teams each being drawn as home clubs for the same leg.

Let’s take a quick look at the matchups and the favorites as they stand now. We’ll be back in April to preview the individual matchups more in-depth before the first leg kicks off on 11 April.

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Premier League – Week 27 Power Rankings

This past week in the Premier League went kind of as expected; the top teams won – or beat each other – and the bottoms team lost. Nevertheless, fourteen teams are in different spots then they were last week but the clubs are generally in the same spots in our Power Rankings that they are in the league table.

This week’s slate is abbreviated a bit, with only 10 clubs in action due to scheduling problems from the six clubs playing in the FA Cup quarterfinals. That action leads to a week-long break, with all the clubs coming back on 30 March to finish out the last eight or nine matches of the season.

Note: Records presented as W-D-L
Results as of matches played through 10 March 2019

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Europa League – Arsenal v Rennes – Round of 16

The Round of 16 in the UEFA Europa League unfolds over the next two Thursdays, so before the action kicks off around Europe on Thursday afternoon, we thought we would preview the eight matchups of the round. Up next is the match between the English club Arsenal, who has the pleasure of hosting French club Rennes. The … Read moreEuropa League – Arsenal v Rennes – Round of 16

(UPDATED) Premier League – Week 26 Slate

Premier League Week 26

Matchday 30 (29 for Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion) in the Premier League is a standard Saturday and Sunday affair this week. We are coming down the homestretch, and after next week’s slate, the Premier League (and the Championship) will be taking the week off for cup competition, but then it will be straight through to the end of the season in May.

I don’t expect the top of the table to find any new teams before the end of the season, though the order of the clubs may be jostled a bit between now and the end of the season. Is there a club that’s going to make a surprise run? Is a top club going to stumble? Chances are probably not, but that’s why they meet on the pitch and not on paper.

As always, the number in parenthesis before each club reflects their spot on our Power Rankings, and we’ll try to keep this list updated as the week progresses. Home teams are listed first, and winners will be indicated in bold. In the event of a draw, both teams will be placed in italics.

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Europa League – Rennes v Arsenal – Round of 16

The Round of 16 in the UEFA Europa League unfolds over the next two Thursdays, so before the action kicks off around Europe on Thursday afternoon, we thought we would preview the eight matchups of the round. Up next, we’re going to take a look at the matchup between French club Stade Rennes and English … Read moreEuropa League – Rennes v Arsenal – Round of 16

Europa League – Round of 16 Draw

After two weeks of non-stop action, the Europa League is taking a break this week before resuming action in two weeks. We are down to the final 16 clubs, representing 11 UEFA associations, and are about three months from the Europa League final, which will be played at Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan on 29 May.

Before the Round of 32 began, we wrote about some of the odds associated with the clubs still in the tournament, so before we talk about the Round of 16 draw directly, I wanted to take a look back at that and how the clubs fared in the matchups over the past two weeks.

Departed Round of 32 Favorites

Before play began in the Round of 32, we identified the 16 favorites according to FiveThirtyEight. Of those 16 favorites, 10 clubs advanced to the Round of 16. The biggest favorite to lose during the round was Belgium club Genk, who lost on aggregate to Slavia Prague, despite being favored 3-to-1 in the matchup. They lost 4-1 on aggregate to the Czech club, with all the scoring happening in Leg 2… in Genk. Oops. The upset didn’t help increase Slavia Prague’s odds going forward (which we’ll get to in a minute), but I’m sure they and their supporters are happy for at least two more matches in European competition this season.

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