Europa League Preview: Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham and Rangers team news ahead of second last 16 tie

Thursday night will see the conclusion of this year’s Europa League round of 16 with four British clubs all hoping to progress through to the quarter finals.

With Gdańsk nearly within touching distance, a victory in tonight’s knock out games are surely a top priority for all the remaining clubs – certainly for Tottenham and Arsenal, whose top four chances and hopes of Champions League football next season look slim.

Ahead of the round of fixtures tonight, we take a look at the action ahead.

20:00: AC Milan vs Manchester United (1-1):

A late, yet arguably deserved, AC Milan goal in the reverse fixture will make this game much harder than Manchester United would’ve liked.

Despite Amad Diallo netting a spectacular first goal for United, the Italian side took an all-important away goal back to the San Siro with them as Simon Kjær headed home deep into injury time.

Manchester United could be boosted by the return of Paul Pogba and David De Gea – whilst Donny Van De Beek is also back in contention.

However, it looks as though Edison Cavani will once again miss out as he has been absent from seven of United’s last eight games.

AC Milan saw their squad heavily dented by injuries in the last match-up but they could see the return of their top-scorer Zlatan Ibrahimović as he has recovered from an abductor injury.  

17:55: Arsenal vs Olympiacos (3-1):

Arsenal take a much sought after three away goals into this fixture as they fought back valiantly to brush aside Olympiacos 3-1 in the last fixture.

On loan Real Madrid talent Martin Ødegaard netted a fine first goal for the Gunners in the away fixture and will be looking to build upon his recent good run of form.

Despite the two-goal lead, when asked by Football London if the tie was over Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta replied: “absolutely not.”

The London side could be without their midfield maestro Bukayo Saka as he reportedly tweaked his hamstring in the North-London Derby.

17:55: Dinamo Zagreb vs Tottenham (2-0):

Jose Mourinho’s side will be pleased to be taking a two-goal lead into this contest after they have disappointed in the league in recent months.

The ever-reliable Harry Kane netted a brace in the last game between the two to give his side the edge in this two-legged contest.

Spurs could be without the dangerous Son Heung-Min after he was substituted off during the first half in the derby against Arsenal.

However, Giovani Lo Celso could return to help out Spurs after he returns from a lengthy back and hamstring injury.

20:00: Rangers vs Slavia Praha (1-1):

Newly-crowned Scottish Champions Rangers will be hoping to add the Europa League to their trophy cabinet this season after they drew 1-1 against the Czech team in the last fixture.

Slavia Praha are not to be sniffed at however as they beat former Celtic boss Brendan Rogers’ Leicester City side 2-0 earlier in the campaign.

Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack was expected to make his return for this match after being side lined by a calf complaint but Steven Gerrard confirmed that he won’t make it.

Slavia Praha were dealt a huge blow ahead of the contest with their key defender David Zima missing the game through suspension.

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