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Man Utd, Arsenal and the unpredictable trip (Part 2)

Callum Chambers, Tierney and Cedric Soares continue to be absent. And Olympiacos is without striker Hilal Soudani until the end of the season because of a knee injury.

This is the first match of coach Mikel Arsenal in the Europa League – the arena that Arsenal has advanced in the last two seasons. In the 2017-2018 season, they reached the semi-finals and only stopped in front of the Atletico Madrid champion.

Last year, Arsenal reached the final but lost to Chelsea 1-4. Like Man Utd, Arsenal can aim to win the Europa League this season, to qualify for the Champions League 2020-2021. If the Greek team is defeated, Arsenal will set an English football record with 23 wins in the Europa League.

Just like Man Utd and Arsenal, Inter is tense in many arenas. They were just beaten to the top of Serie A last weekend, after losing to Lazio. But with quite a force, coach Antonio Conte can still launch a squad strong enough to overcome host Ludogorets. Victor Moses, Christian Eriksen, Alexis Sanchez or Christian Biraghi all have to prepare in the defeat to Lazio.

Inter defenders Claudiu Keseru – the Romanian striker scored four goals in the group stage. Keseru is backed by a trio of speedy attacking midfielders Jody Lukoki, Marcelinho and Wanderson. This is the first time the two teams encounter. Both prefer fast-paced gameplay and will create high-speed matches.

Ludogorets has never touched Inter, but they have compared with Milan 2017-2018 season. At that time, the Bulgarian representative lost both matches. Of the 24 teams that have qualified for the Europa League group stage this season, none conceded more than Ludogorets. This is an opportunity for Romelu Lukaku or Lautaro Martinez to explore the opponent’s defense.

In the round of 16 of the Europa League, there are many notable pairs like Getafe – Ajax, Leverkusen – Porto, Roma – Gent or Wolverhampton – Espanyol.

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Man Utd, Arsenal and the unpredictable trip (Part 1)

Man Utd, Arsenal meet the home teams, who are leading the Belgian and Greek scorecards, in the first round of the round of 16 Europa League.

Man Utd rewinds the trip to Belgium with a 2-0 win over Chelsea in the Premier League. Ole Solskjaer teachers and students still have many chances to compete for the Champions League next season, including the path of winning the Europa League. But, Brugge is not an easy opponent to play when they just lost a match in the Belgian championship.

Man Utd is still missing a number of injuries pillars, such as Victor Lindelof, Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford. Midfielder Scott McTominay has just recovered and left the opportunity to start. Replacing Rashford on the attack could be rookie Odion Ighalo – a substitute in the match against Chelsea.

Solskjaer can count on 18-year-old Mason Greenwood. He scored four goals in five matches in the group stage and could return to the right wing. In the middle, rookie Bruno Fernandes plays the conductor. On the other side of the front line, striker Emmanuel Dennis is considered a detonator of Brugge. He has scored three goals in the Champions League group stage this season, including the goal against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.

Man Utd met Brugge in the match to win the group stage of the Champions League 2015-2016. At that time, Louis van Gaal’s teachers and students won then with a total score of 7-1.

Two teams four times in the same table in the Champions League. In the first six encounters, the home team won. When the two teams meet in the 2015-2016 season, the results are changed when the away team wins two turns.

Confrontation history shows that this will be a balanced match, although the two teams first met in the knockout round. During his trip to Greece, Arsenal were without Mesut Ozil, when the German midfielder’s wife was about to give birth.