The quarter finals of the Europa League commence tonight. Arsenal, Chelsea, Napoli, Valencia Villareal, Benfica, Eintracht Frankfurt and Slavia Prague are the last eight teams left in the UEFA Europa League this season.
This is the first European club competition to be held in Azerbaijan. The Olympic Stadium has also been chosen as one of the host venues for the UEFA Euro’s in 2020. Which teams will make that one step closer to putting one hand on the trophy on the 29th of May in Baku.
Quarter-final time! 👊
— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) April 11, 2019
Tonight, the two English teams still left in the competition Arsenal (13/10 to win tonight) and Chelsea (3/4 to win tonight) begin their road to the final in Baku. Arsenal are 4/1 and Chelsea 15/8 to win the Europa League outright.
Arsenal welcome Italian giants Napoli to the Emirates Stadium, for a game that looks on paper the best matchup in this seasons last eight. Napoli where knocked out of the Champions League this season, finishing in third place behind PSG and Liverpool in Group C with nine points.
Unai Emery’s troops currently sit in fourth spot in the Premier League while Napoli, guided by decorated Manager Carlo Ancelotti currently sit second in the league behind Juventus. The Italians dropped down from the Champions League and defeated RB Salzburg 4-3 on aggregate to book their spot in the quarter-final stage of the competition. The visitors will hope that top goal scorer Arkadiusz Milik, strike partner Lorenzo Insigne and midfielders Dries Mertens can snatch an away goal, to bring back to home turf.
Arsenal who have been in the competition from the very beginning, topped Group E with 16 points and earned five wins and one draw ahead of second place Sporting Lisbon. Striker Pierre Emerick Aubameyang has scored four goals in the competition, can he add to his tally?
They then drew French side Rennes, beating them 4-3 on aggregate to qualify for the next stage of the competition.
Who's pumped for tonight?! ✋🤩
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) April 11, 2019
Chelsea have a tricky first away leg to Slavia Prague in the Czech Republic. The West-Londoners sit third place in the league and have had a fairly easy Europa League run so far. They finished top of Group L with 16 points, five wins and one draw to get through to the next round, strolling through their competition in BATE Borisov, Mol Vidi and PAOK.
Manager Maurizio Sarri has turned to the young guns in Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Emerson in recent games that has given the team a much needed spark, at a crucial time in the season.
The Chelsea fans have been crying out for Hudson-Odoi’s inclusion to start for some time. Can the young Englishman continue in his excellent form? Or can competition top goal scorer Olivier Giroud with nine goals continue his fine from?
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 11, 2019
Their opposition Slavia Prague finished in second place in their Europa League group stages to leaders Zenit St Petersburg. The Czech side picked up a total of 10 points, with three wins, one draw and two losses in a group that was competitive. Slavia sit top of the Czech League ahead of Victoria Plzen, who featured in the CL group stages in previous years with Real Madrid, Roma and CSKA Moscow.
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