It is the Europa League’s turn to take the limelight on Thursday and Inter Milan can make the most of Eintracht Frankfurt’s busy schedule to qualify for the quarter-finals.
Last week’s original tie in Germany finished 0-0 but both sides will argue they could have got more from the game, having each dominated for decent spells at the Commerzbank-Arena.
Die Adler are one of the form teams in Europe, remaining unbeaten in their last 11 in all competitions, but could be caught out by fatigue.
Adi Hutter’s men were the 3-0 winners at Fortuna Dusseldorf on Monday and their fixture pile-up may work against them here.
Inter were 2-0 winners against SPAL on Sunday and while the injuries and suspensions are mounting, and the Mauro Icardi saga rumbles on, the Nerazzurri are unbeaten at home this season and can make their way into the last eight with the win they need.
One of the results of last Thursday’s fixtures was Napoli’s crushing 3-0 win at home to Salzburg, so they should have no issues qualifying when they head to Austria.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side are 7/2 to win the tournament outright, but their coach is a wise old sage and will know that before any of that his team will need to produce a performance on Thursday.
Die Roten Bullen beat Lazio 4-1 on home soil in last season’s quarters but do not have the luxury of an away goal heading into this game.
The Partenopei have won only one of their European away games this season and are unlikely to improve that record here.
However, their class is undoubted and they should be able to get the goal that would effectively kill off the tie.
Finally, in north London, Arsenal need to produce a tremendous performance to overhaul Rennes’ 3-1 lead from the first leg.
The Gunners were a shambles in Brittany, defending weakly and having Sokratis Papastathopoulos dismissed, but bounced back by beating Manchester United 2-0 on Sunday, and so the omens are on their side to get a result.
Unai Emery’s men have won their last five at home and came from behind to progress to this round, albeit against an average BATE Borisov.
Les Rouges et Noirs, as ever it seems, have a good mix of exciting youngsters, such as Ismaila Sarr and maverick veterans like Hatem Ben Arfa.
They are certainly an entertaining team and give value to the 5/6 on both teams to score, but on the night Arsenal should have too much. However, whether or not they qualify is a different story.