Constantly attending the Europa League, but Brugge’s record is modest. They have never won this tournament. Including the stage also known as Cup C3, Brugge has just reached the final once. In the Europa League era, their farthest advance was in the semifinals of the 2014-2015 season, before losing to Dnipro.
The 1-1 draw at home made it difficult for Brugge. They are forced to rise offensive. In contrast, the consignment desk in Belgium helped Man Utd enter the match with psychological comfort. In the last 10 minutes of the first leg, Fernandes helped “Reds” to create more chances than the previous 80 minutes. This time, the 25-year-old midfielder will have more time to make a mark.
At the same time as the match of Man Utd, Arsenal received Olympiakos at the Emirates, with a pocket money of 1-0 victory thanks to a goal of Alexandre Lacazette. The “Gunners” victory is even more significant when before, Olympiakos unbeaten 18 home matches in all competitions. It also added credibility to Lacazette, who was rumored to leave the Emirates in the summer of 2020 by two months earlier. Last weekend, the French striker was bench and likely to start tonight.
Like Man Utd, Arsenal is on the rise. They are unbeaten since the beginning of 2020, and are in a three-match winning streak. The main reason is that the pillars regained their performance. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a brace to help Arsenal win against Everton.
Nicolas Pepe rediscovered the improvisation phase when playing freely on the wing, and Bukayo Saka increasingly made home fans think of Ashley Cole thanks to the excellent support skills set.
Arsenal has encountered Olympiakos many times in the European arena, but in the Champions League. In the latest competition at the Emirates, Olympiakos once surprised when beating Arsenal 3-2 in September 2015. The two who entered the field that day – Ozil and Hector Bellerin – remained the “Gunners” pillar after more than four years.
Among the candidates to win the Europa League this season, only Ajax is at a disadvantage after the first leg. The defending Dutch champion lost to Getafe 0-2 away, and was forced to score at least three goals to reverse the situation.