Europa League – Quarter Finals Preview

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The 2019/2020 Europa League competition has finally reached the quarter-finals stage, after a four-month delay. The eight remaining sides will head to Germany where they will play a single knock-out game, hoping to progress to the semi-final stage. We preview each game below.

Manchester United v Copenhagen 

Manchester United, who won the Europa League in 2017, face Danish side Copenhagen at the RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne on Monday night.

United have been in impressive form of late, ending the Premier League season well to finish in third place. They have also enjoyed a smooth passage to the quarter-final stages of this tournament, scoring 13 goals in their last four games.

Copenhagen produced a brilliant performance in their game at Celtic, winning the second leg in Glasgow 3-1 to progress to the round of 16 to face Basaksehir. Despite losing the first leg in Turkey 1-0, Copenhagen were able to turn the tie around with a 3-0 home win to set up this game with United.

Inter Milan v Bayer Leverkusen

Italian giants, Inter Milan, face Bayer Leverkusen from the Bundesliga at the Merkur Spiel-Arena in Düsseldorf, also on Monday night.

Inter were unable to play their two-legged round of 16 game against Getafe due to the European wide lockdown, so instead faced them in a one-off fixture in Gelsenkirchen last week. Goals from former Premier League stars, Romelu Lukaku and Christian Eriksen saw them progress with a 2-0 win.

Leverkusen, the only German side left in the tournament, beat Rangers 4-1 on aggregate over two legs in the last round, and in Kai Havertz, they have one of the most promising young players in Europe in their squad. Will home advantage suit the Germans?

Shakhtar Donetsk v Basel

Ukrainian champions, Shakhtar Donetsk face Swiss side, Basel at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen on Tuesday night.

Donetsk have so far beaten Benfica and Wolfsburg on their way to the quarter-final stages of the tournament and could be a dark horse for going all the way to the final.

Basel faced the tough prospect of getting past Eintracht Frankfurt in the previous round, but came through that test with flying colours, comfortably beating the German side 4-0 on aggregate.

Wolves v Sevilla

Premier League Wolves continue their fairy tale run in the Europa League, but face stiff opposition in the last eight as they play Sevilla at the Schauinsland-Reisen-Arena in Duisburg on Tuesday night.

Wolves have already beaten Spanish opposition in this competition, seeing off Espanyol 6-3 on aggregate back in February. They then had a nervy two-legged tie against Greek champions Olympiacos but came through 2-1 on aggregate.

Sevilla have a great record in this tournament having won it in 2014, 2015 and 2016. They too had a one-off tie to play in the previous round and were impressive 2-0 winners over Roma at the stadium they now face Wolves in. The lack of having to travel and having played in the familiar surroundings could be a big advantage to the Spanish side.

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