Europa League: Here's what to expect tonight

By Clinton Nyabuto: Thursday, February 21st 2019 at 13:28 GMT +3 | Football
Arsenal (in red) and BATE players react after their first leg match [Courtesy]
The UEFA Europa League round of 32 second leg continues tonight with 15 matches scheduled to take place.
 
English outfit Arsenal host the Belarusian side BATE Borisov at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners will seek to redeem themselves after their first leg 1-0 loss at the Borisov Arena on Thursday.
 
Unai Emery's side will be without striker Alexandre Lacazette who was red carded in the first leg following an encounter with left-back Aleksandar Filipovic. Defenders Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin will also miss tonight's tie due to injuries.
 
Elsewhere Chelsea will welcome Swedish side Malmö FF to Stamford Bridge. Maurizio Sarri's side had a comfortable 0-2 away win at the Swedbank Stadion in Sweden last Thursday in the first leg and will be hoping to finish the job in London.
We can only have good performances and results [Courtesy]

The Blues' last match saw them lose at home 2-0 home to Manchester United, a result that their FA Cup run.

The London-based club will be without their star goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, defender Davide Zappacosta and winger Pedro who all missed their training due to injury. Playmaker Ruben Loftus-Cheek has also been sidelined.

Maurizio Sarri's future could be determined by this match following past poor performances against Bournemouth, Manchester City and Manchester United. He emphasized on the need to win his next matches, considering his team's inconsistency when it comes to big matches.  "We need to win three, four matches in a row. It's the only solution," Sarri said.
 
''I can understand very well the frustration of our fans. Because they are used to winning. Now we are in trouble, so I can understand very well. There isn't another way. We can only have good performances and results." he added.
 
Europe League Fixtures
 
Arsenal Vs BATE | Dinamo Zagreb Vs Viktoria Plzen | Frankfurt Vs Shaktar Donetsk
Chelsea Vs Malmo FF | Napoli Vs Zurich | Villareal Vs Sporting | Valencia Vs Celtic
Zenit St. Petersburg Vs Fernabahce | Bayer Leverkusen Vs FK Krasnodar
Benfica Vs Galatasaray | Dinamo Kiev Vs Olympiakos
 
Predictions
Game Yetu predicts that Arsenal will beat BATE and progress to the Round of 16. Chelsea head into their tie as favourites and are expected to have an easy win over Malmo FF.?
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