Europa League predictions ahead of tonight's second leg ties

Chelsea, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur are all in action. How will they get on?

Today sees the last hopes for European salvation in regards to Premier League teams this season as three of our finest get ready to do battle in the Europa League quarter-finals second leg ties across the continent.

So with that in mind why not bring forward my usual weekly results predictions and boldly go where I never have before.

Here are my predictions for the second leg-ties tonight…

Rubin Kazan v Chelsea: 1-1 (2-4 on aggregate)

Call me a pessimist but I believe Chelsea will be the only English team left in Europe by the end of the night.

They do face some worries at left-back with Nathan Ake expected to step in to replace Ashley Cole and Ryan Bertrand who are both out with injury and illness respectively.

That being said their opposition are far more dangerous when playing in their actual home of Kazan. However Chelsea can thank a bitterly cold season in Tatarstan for the fact they have a chance at retribution in the Luzhniki Stadium tonight.

While I cannot see them winning on the night they should do enough to secure safe passage to the semi-final; and keep the dream of becoming the fourth team to win every major European trophy alive.

FC Basel v Tottenham Hotspur: 1-1 (3-3 on aggregate; Basel win on away goals)

Have Spurs left themselves too much to do?

I think so.

St Jakob-Park is notoriously one of the most intimidating stadiums in Europe and not somewhere you would want to attend without a comfortable first-leg advantage.

Spurs may be hoping for a red-card to save them like it did Middlesbrough in 2006 against the Swiss opposition at the exact same-stage; otherwise this seems like too big a mountain to climb.

Newcastle United v Benfica: 1-2 (2-5 on aggregate)

For me Benfica are the best team left in the competition when you take into account form, morale and European experience.

Newcastle gave them a scare in Lisbon but in the end the Portuguese champions elect run out comfortable winners.

Be sure of a thrilling atmosphere at St James Park but The Eagles want this bad; and I think they will get it.

Lazio v Fenerbahce: 2-0 (2-2 on aggregate; Lazio on pens)

Well we need one game to be an exciting encounter and for me Lazio have all the tools at their disposal to restore parity in this tie.

If they can take the game to extra-time there can only be one winner.

There you have it our predictions ahead of the Europa League quarter-final second leg ties. In our eyes the final four will look like this…



FC Basel


Can you pick a winner from this quartet?

image: © nicksarebi

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