While the fate of the second leg ties of Champions League knockout stage is known with the top four ( PSG , Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich), the Europa League which is in its knockout round, displays some interesting shocks tonight to amuse football fans around the globe.
Starting with a smoking Juventus- Fiorentina. A 100% Italian Serie A shock. This will be the second time the two teams clash within four days (Sunday the Old Lady won 1-0) and the Bianconeri are still trying to avenge the insult: that of having suffered their only defeat in the league of the season against Viola. Juve will once again count on Ghanaian Kwadwo Asamoah, author of the sole strike of the win past weekend.
Adebayor to resume attacking prowess!
This is a difficult and decisive month of March for Tottenham who could lose everything. After the 0-4 loss to Chelsea past weekend, Spurs need to clearly address the first leg of the shock against Benfica before handling Sunday another derby against Arsenal ( 4th place in the Premier League in danger). Big games in which Emmanuel Adebayor could still shine.
Sadio Mane has already netted 17 goals this season and is the main asset of the Red Bulls Salzburg in the Europa League. The Senegalese dynamites the attack and his team will need his vista to thwart the plans of FC Basel, which also includes some Africans such as Ivoirians Serey Die and Giovanni Sio.
Thursday program (in GMT):
FC Porto (POR) - Naples ( ITA)
FC Basel (SUI) - Salzburg (AUT)
Ludogorets (BUL) - Valencia CF (ESP)
Lyon (FRA) - Viktoria Plzen (CZE)
AZ Alkmaar (NED) - Anzhi Makhachkala (RUS)
Sevilla FC (ESP) - Real Betis (ESP)
Tottenham (ENG) - Benfica (POR)
Juventus (ITA) - Fiorentina (ITA)