Europa League – Round of 32 – Leg 1 Recap

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.

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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.

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