EUROPA LEAGUE QUARTERFINALS ARE QUIETLY STACKED

2024-03-24 · 2 min read · UEFA Euro Cup/Soccer
UEFA Europa League Quarter Finals

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The draw for the quarterfinals of the UEFA Europa League took place on Friday. It was swiftly followed by the semi-final draw, meaning that the eight remaining teams could each begin plotting their possible route to glory.
Liverpool - who are rated by bookmakers as the most likely team to lift the trophy at Dublin's Aviva Stadium on May 22 - will face Atalanta of Italy in the quarterfinals.
Liverpool and West Ham were on different sides of Friday's semi-final draw, meaning that they cannot meet until the final. The Reds will be up against either Benfica or Marseille if they reach the semi-finals.
Based on current form, Leverkusen is the most likely team to reach the final from their half of the bracket.
Leverkusen - who are managed by former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso - have not lost a single game in any competition this season, winning 32 and drawing five of their first 37 fixtures. Leverkusen have been matched up against English opponent West Ham United in what I predict will be a much closer tie than expected.
An all-Italian matchup will see AS Roma battle AC Milan. This may be the tie of the quarters as history runs deep between these two and every time, they take the pitch neither side wants to come up short against one another.
The final matchup is French side Marseille, who have an in-form Pierre Emerick Aubameyang leading the way take on Portuguese powerhouse Benfica. Both sides will strongly favour themselves to move on.
Quarter-final first legs will take place on April 11, with the return matches being held seven days later.
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By: Aaron Cantin

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