No Greek tragedy for Arsenal
Bet 1: Back Arsenal @ 4/5 – KO 17:55 GMT
The Gunners managed a vital away goal in the first leg against Benfica, and I am expecting them to win this game and qualify for the next round.
Mikel Arteta’s men were beaten 1-0 by Man City at the weekend, but that can be forgiven, and they didn’t play too badly. Prior to that they beaten Leeds 4-2 at the Emirates.
Benfica aren’t the team they were a couple of years ago, as they are down in fourth in the Portuguese Primeira Liga – 15 points off the leaders. They could only draw with Rangers in both of their group fixtures against them, and Arsenal are a much better side than them.
Napoli’s home form to prove too strong
Bet 2: Back Napoli @ 6/10 – KO 17:55 GMT
Napoli have it all to do after losing the first leg 2-0 against Granada, but they have them back in Naples tonight and I expect them to win the match – even if they fail to qualify.
The visitors have been in poor form in La Liga, and they were beaten by the struggling, Huesca, at the weekend.
Admittedly, the Italians have lost plenty of matches recently too, but they have been dominant at home – winning five of their last six, and drawing the other.
Sparta Prague to Czech out
Bet 3: Back Leicester @ 11/20 – KO 20:00 GMT
I expected Leicester to struggle in Prague in the first leg, and the 0-0 draw wasn’t too bad a result. Obviously they will be wary of an away goal, but I don’t think it will matter as they should be winning tonight.
The Foxes looked good in their 2-1 victory at Villa on Sunday, and their only defeat since the middle of December came against Leeds in January.
The visitors are eight points clear at the top of their domestic league, but there is a big difference between the Czech Liga and the Premier League. The best team they faced in the group stage of this competition was Leverkusen, and the Germans beat them 4-0 in Germany.