Steven Gerrard hails ‘sensational’ Arsenal after victory over Slavia PragueApr 16 | 2 min read
Europa League 2020/2021 Round of 16 - Previews, live streams and how to watch the second legs
The Europa League last 16 concludes with Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham and Rangers looking to progress.
After a thrilling set of first-leg fixtures last Thursday, four British teams are in with a real chance of advancing to the quarter-finals.
Once again, all eight matches will be shown exclusively live on BT Sport on a huge night of action across Europe.
Read on, or jump to a specific game using the links below, for previews and how to watch every game.
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Arsenal could complete a huge week for the club, after Sunday’s north London derby victory over Tottenham, by seeing off Olympiacos and progressing in the Europa League.
The Gunners take a commanding first-leg lead back to the Emirates after a priceless 3-1 win in Greece on Thursday, despite a number of defensive lapses.
Martin Odegaard’s superb opener was cancelled out when Youssef El-Arabi capitalised on some familiar frailties at the back in the second-half, before Gabriel and Mohamed Elneny sealed the win.
“This is half-time and anything can happen,” reflected a measured Mikel Arteta. “Full focus and we start 0-0 again in the second leg and try to win the game.”
Days later, his side came from behind to secure a deserved victory over Spurs in the Premier League without captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who was dropped for the game for disciplinary reasons.
Attention now turns back to the Europa League for Arsenal who will be wary of a wounded Olympiacos outfit who eliminated them from the competition in similar circumstances last season.
They won 2-1 in London in a dramatic second-leg encounter against a limp Arsenal side last February and will be eyeing another famous come-from-behind win.
Sixteen points clear at the top of the league, Pedro Martins’ side will be fully focussed on keeping their European journey alive. Whether they have enough to topple a confident Arsenal side is another question.
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Tottenham have one foot in the quarter-finals after a clinical first-leg display against Dinamo Zagreb, but they will be determined to return to winning ways after a galling derby defeat to Arsenal on Sunday.
Harry Kane scored twice against the Croatian side in London on Thursday before limping off late on after picking up a knock to his knee. He returned against Arsenal but couldn’t inspire his side to successive wins.
Spurs had won five consecutive games in all competitions prior to weekend’s loss, but the nature of the defeat at the Emirates was arguably a step backwards for Jose Mourinho in his quest to finish in the top four.
Son Heung-min’s injury rubbed salt in the wounds for Tottenham who adopted a defensive approach until the dying minutes.
“Trying to be honest and pragmatic: the first half was their half,” said an irked Mourinho after the defeat. “The second half: Michael Oliver and Paul Tierney, the VAR. They decided the game.”
Getting back to winning ways will be the order of the day, but they face a stern test against Zagreb who are undefeated in their last 13 Europa League home games, winning ten of them and scoring 26 goals.
They maintained their lead at the top of the Croatian top flight with a thumping 5-0 win on Sunday and will be looking for a fast start against a wounded Spurs side.
With an away goal likely to seal safe passage through to the next round, Tottenham can ill-afford to rest on their laurels after Sunday’s loss.
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There’s everything to play for when European giants AC Milan and Manchester United do battle once more at San Siro for a place in the quarter-finals.
Milan grabbed an injury-time equaliser in the first-leg at Old Trafford last week, when Simon Kjaer headed home to cancel out Amad Diallo’s stunning header.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were uncharacteristically flat against Stefano Pioli’s men who were harshly denied a goal when Franck Kessie’s first-half volley was ruled out for handball.
“We were a long way off it today,” said the United boss. “That equaliser makes it harder but it was always going to be down to the second game.”
Milan’s youthful side were impressive throughout in Manchester even though they were without the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Hakan Calhanoglu and Mario Mandzukic.
The Red Devils were also depleted, but their injury crisis could lift this week with Solskjaer confirming a number of key players could return for the trip to Milan.
Edinson Cavani, Anthony Martial, Paul Pogba, Donny van de Beek and David De Gea could all be available after missing the first meeting.
Pioli welcomed back Calhanoglu and left-back Theo Hernandez in Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Napoli, although it is still unclear whether Ibrahimovic will feature.
United got the job done against West Ham on Sunday and will be looking to make it successive wins in a pivotal week in their season.
Can they claim a season-defining win at San Siro? Or will Milan end United’s European dream?
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Steven Gerrard’s Rangers recovered to earn a 1-1 draw against Slavia Prague on Thursday in an entertaining encounter in the Czech Republic days after they were crowned Scottish champions.
They trailed to Leicester’s conquerors after just six minutes when Nicolae Stanciu thumped in a stunning opener, but Filip Helander scored a vital away goal to level before half-time.
The 55-time champions of Scotland have Allan McGregor to thank for keeping scores level after a phenomenal save in the final minute kept the hosts at bay.
Ryan Jack remains doubtful for Thursday’s showdown at Ibrox, but forward Kemar Roofe did make his return to action as a late substitute in the first leg.
It is an intriguingly poised match and Slavia fired a warning shot ahead of the meeting by seeing off Mlada Boleslav 3-0 to continue their march towards the domestic title at the weekend.
Romanian playmaker Nicolae Stanciu was instrumental once again and Rangers will have to ensure they keep a keen eye on the 27-year-old in Glasgow.
The Czechs are now unbeaten in 23 league games, but Rangers haven’t tasted league defeat all campaign and they will be looking to continue their dream season with a run in Europe.
Previewing the match, Gerrard said: “In no way is this game over. And there’s no chance that in any way, shape or form, we are the favourites.
“I think this tie is 50-50 and it’s a real exciting game to look forward to at Ibrox.”