Sarri can breathe a sigh of relief

Chelsea made light work of Dynamo Kyiv in the first leg at Stamford Bridge, running out 3-0 winners to move one step closer to the next round. It was a perfect evening for Maurizio Sarri, who did not even have to deal with any of his players refusing to be substituted.

The Blues have now won three games in a row since the Kepa Arrizabalaga fiasco at Wembley, which may have allowed their previously stressed manager to cut down to just 50 cigarettes a day.

This return fixture should be relatively straightforward for the west Londoners, so back another win to nil at 3.35.


Chelsea to score first & win the match

Boosted to 2.65

Inter vs Eintracht Frankfurt

The first instalment of this tasty looking tie failed to deliver, as Eintracht Frankfurt and Inter played out a goalless draw in Germany.

It is not over until the Fat Lady sings, as they say, but she was found to have fallen asleep after witnessing that dull snooze-fest last time out.

Things may not get much better in the second leg when matches tend to be cagier as the stakes become increasingly high as time ticks away. For that reason, take up odds of 1.90 on under 2.5 goals.


Inter to win & Under 2.5 goals

Boosted to 5.50

Arsenal vs Rennes

If you thought Arsenal had relinquished their hobby of regularly shooting themselves in the foot when Arsene Wenger departed last summer, last Thursday’s clash with Rennes offered a useful reminder that the north London outfit are still very much involved in such a practice.

The Gunners took the lead in the third minute in France but then proceeded to have a man sent off, score an own goal and concede another two to lose 3-1.

Unai Emery’s men are strong on home turf, however, so back them to qualify for the next round at 1.95.


Arsenal to win & Over 3.5 goals

Boosted to 2.90

Villarreal vs Zenit Saint Petersburg

Villarreal will not want to become the first club to win the Europa League and suffer relegation in the same season, but that would still be preferable to not winning the Europa League and suffering relegation anyway.

The Yellow Submarine continues to occupy choppy waters in La Liga, but they continued their fantastic continental form with a 3-1 win against Zenit last week.

Back them to complete the job with another victory in front of their fans at a price of 1.95.


Villarreal to win & Both teams to score

Boosted to 4.00

Krasnodar vs Valencia

This tie is one of the most finely balanced heading into the second round of games, with Valencia holding a 2-1 lead.

The concession of an away goal and the fact that they have to travel to Russia for the next leg means los Che still have plenty of work to do, though, and they will also hope the weather is not too extreme – I’m sure anything above -20 degrees Celsius would be welcome.

Take the long odds of 4.25 available on a draw with goals for both teams.


Over 2.5 goals & Both teams to score

Boosted to 2.45

Slavia Prague vs Sevilla

Slavia Prague continues to make fools of those who write them off; not much was expected of the Czech side when the Europa League kicked off at the start of the campaign, but they qualified for the knockouts ahead of Bordeaux and Copenhagen, before thrashing Genk in the round of 32.

Sevilla could probably win the Europa League with their eyes closed, though (I would quite like to see them try, actually… anyone got Aleksander Ceferin’s number?), so go for an away win in this one at odds of 2.00.


Draw & Both teams to score

Boosted to 4.65

By Greg Lea

After many years of sports writing with an emphasis on football, including a stint at Sky Sports, Greg is here to help you with betting tips. Follow him on Twitter @greglea to get the latest updates before placing your bets.