The second leg of the Round of 32 matches in the Europa League will be contested on Thursday, February 22nd and here we take a look at building an accumulator of home sides who could land a success.
Atlanta v Dortmund
The Germans hold a 3-2 advantage from the first leg, however, there is going to be plenty of life left in this tie on Thursday night. Dortmund have failed to win any of their last six away games now in Europe, while Italian side Atlanta are on a three match winning streak at home in the Europa League this season. Overall in eight UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League matches at home, Atalanta have never lost and have only conceded the two goals in total. They have every chance of turning this around. Look for a home win at 13/10.
Zenit v Celtic
The Russians have every chance of throwing this time around back on home soil. They were poor at Celtic Park in a 1-0 loss in the first leg against the Scottish Champions, however, that can be forgiven as they are just back from a two-month winter break. This will be their first home game since December 2nd. So they are bound to be rusty. They have a phenomenal home record though having won 16 of their 17 previous Europa League home matches (D1). Overall in Europe, they have won 11 of their last 13 and with Celtic having won just one of their last 19 away matches in the main draw of European competitions, back the home side to power through with a home win at 11/20.
Plzen v Partizan
There was a 1-1 draw between the two of them out in Belgrade in the first leg, but Plzen, who have great home form in Europe still have a decent chance in this one. They are on a four-match winning streak at home in the Europa League this season and have won their last five in the competition. They have fired off an average of three goals per game in that sequence too. They have never lost at home at this stage of the competition either. With Partizan having collected a W1 D5 L1 record in their last seven European away games, then they could struggle to make enough of an impact. Home win at 4/6.
Lokomotiv Moscow v Nice
The Russian are 3-2 up after the first leg on the French Riviera. Manuel Fernandes slotted home a hattrick for them in the second half to give them a great advantage. That’s home advantage for the second leg and a stack of away goals behind Lokomotiv. They aren’t in great home form in Europe, winning just three of their last eight European fixtures in Moscow, but are unbeaten from two previous home games in the Europa League round of 32. They have a chance to get beyond this round for the first time ever. Nice have lost four of their last six away games in Europe, suffering 1-0 losses at Lazio and Vitesse in the group stage. Home win for 13/10.
Lazio v FCSB
Lazio find themselves 100 behind in this tie against Steaua Bucharest but will be fancied to haul themselves back into the tie on home soil. The Italians have won seven of their last nine European home ties (D1 L1) and in Rome, they are likely going to be a lot sharper. Steaua have never ever scored in Italy before from seven previous visits there which is a bit of a bizarre record and Lazio can haul themselves back into the tie with a home success at 3/10 which will form the banker of the bet.