After an evening full of football all over Europe on Thursday, we have completed the first leg of the Europa League Round of 32. While most matches went as expected, there were a handful of results that went against those expectations and could set up some compelling football in Leg 2 next week.
To recap this week’s action – especially because of the quick turnaround before Leg 2 next week – we’re going to focus this recap on the results that improved the club’s chances most to advance to the next round, based on the odds presented by our friends at FiveThirtyEight. It does not mean that the clubs with the biggest increase are now favored to advanced to the Round of 16; in most cases, the favorites are still the clubs hosting the second leg because they were seeded in the draw. Nevertheless, these four matches all saw their results from this week give them a better chance at making it to the next round.