Monaco’s favourite, Marseille over Renaissance, Rennes wants to grow up…what you want to know about the Round of 16 going

In Europe, prestigious encounters are not just about the “big-eared cup”, as some of the Europa League Round of 16 matches and the Europa League Conference show, Thursday 10 March. Among the 13 matches on the programme, Monaco, Marseille and Rennes will try to put themselves in the best conditions during the first leg.

Monaco, unbeaten in the Europa League, starts as a favorite against Braga

First in the second group of the European League, the principality players are still undefeated in the European League. The Monaco side, which reached the finals of the Champions League in 2004, and reached the semi-finals in 2017, have not reached the final stages of a European competition since that year.

Since Philippe Clement took office, ASM has performed better. French Ligue 1 winners against Olympique Marseille, Wissam Ben Yedder and his family They re-launched themselves in the race for the European places.

For their part, Braga had to fight to qualify for the round of 16, but went out undefeated at home. Second place in their group, the Portuguese snatched his ticket during the play-off matches of the final stages against Sherif Tiraspol, Real Madrid’s victorious team in C1, after a penalty shootout.

Barcelona – Galatasaray and Seville – West Ham, Europa League posters

After a complicated part of the season, between great financial difficulties, Messi’s departure and poor sporting results, Barcelona have reclaimed their colors since Xavi’s arrival as coach. Relegated to the Europa League after finishing third in their Champions League group, the Catalans launched another ambitious team, Napoli, during the play-off games, including a 4-2 win in Italy. They face Thursday regularly in European matches, Galatasaray. On the other hand, the Turkish club, which topped its group in the European League, is facing a particularly difficult season in the league, and currently appears in 12th place, 12 points behind the European centers.

Sevilla has won six copies since its first coronation in 2006, and is the most successful club in the competition. Participated in the Champions League, Sevilla failed to do better than third place in the group stage and found themselves in the round of 16 of the European League after a play-off victory over Dinamo Zagreb. The Andalusians enjoy a comfortable fixation in second place in La Liga, and they face West Ham, sixth in the English Premier League and first in their group in the Europa League.

Marseille in recovery against Basel in the European League Conference

Four years after the final against Atlético Madrid, Marseille is struggling in European competitions. He declined in the Europa League conference after finishing third in the group stages of the European League, as Jorge Sampaoli’s players beat Azerbaijani club Karabagh in the round of 16 of the new European competition.

In third place in the French league, Olympique de Marseille appears to be losing momentum. After eight consecutive unbeaten matches, and in all competitions, Marseille suffers. Since the beginning of February, they have won only two league matches, lost three and drawn one. Added to this is the heavy elimination in Nice in the quarter-finals of the Coupe de France.

Reaching the semi-finals of the European League in 2012 and first in Group H, he finished FC Basel in pool ahead of Karabagh. However, after eight consecutive titles between 2009 and 2017, Basel no longer dominates the Swiss championship (third place with 15 points from FC Zurich). A perfect discount to revive it?

Lester, the more stones there are in the Rennes building

Rin wants to take a step forward. Breton FC have qualified on the European stage for the past four seasons, and are dreaming of pinning a snake to take the extra step that would see them reach the quarter-finals of the European League Conference.

The second-best attack in the Ligue 1, the first attack from their group ended without the slightest defeat (the second leg against Tottenham was not disputed), Bruno Genesio’s formation has great origins. Among them is midfielder Gaëtan Laborde. The latter has found the net 19 times in all competitions.

Rin’s rival is strong, and he doesn’t seem unbeatable. Leicester, the 2016 England champion, is already going through an intermediate season. Reflected in the European League Conference after finishing third in the group stage of the European League, having been stuck in the weak part of the Premier League classification (12th), the Foxes still achieved two consecutive league victories.

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