Club Brugge v. Besiktas
Pick: Besiktas pk, +.5 at -105
Besiktas are the better team. Ba, Tore, and Sahan are lethal in the final third. Turkish teams value European competition more than the domestic league. Besiktas will not loss here.
Wolfsburg v. Inter
Pick: Wolfsburg -1 at +107
Wolfsburg are certainly one of the favorites to win it all. Dost has been on fire this season, and De Bruyne knows how to get the ball to him. Inter’s defense is a bit shaky. This will at worst push, but I think the Germans will win by a couple goals.
Everton v. Dynamo Kyiv
Pick: Everton +138
Dynamo are no pushovers, and have some talent in midfield, with players like Belhanda and Yarmolenko. Still, this is an English team we are talking about, and Everton, unlike in the EPL, has been playing pretty good in the Europa League. Lukaku will surely score.
Villarreal v. Sevilla
Pick: Villarreal +110
Villarreal have only lost something like four games this season, if I have my facts straight, and three of those were to Barcelona. The defending champions Sevilla are not the same team on the road, as they are at home. It’s hard to pick which team will win on aggregate, but I like Villarreal to win at home.
Fiorentina v. Roma
Pick: Fiorentina +138
I’m thinking Fiorentina’s loss to Lazio was an anomaly. Salah is a real joy to watch. Roma have just fallen apart in the last couple of months, and they have real trouble scoring goals. Fiorentina have beaten Juve and Roma away from home in the past month. Good value in Fiorentina here.
Napoli v. Dinamo Moskva
Pick: Napoli -1 at +125
Along with Wolfsburg, Napoli are one of the favorites to win the Europa League. Loads of talent in midfield and up top. Although Benitez has always generally been a poor domestic league manager, he has won this trophy with two other teams, and has publicly stated that he believes his team can win it all. Although the Russians are decent, I don’t think this one will be close.