Europa League to feature Eric Bailly v Kara Mbodji battle

Europa League to feature Eric Bailly v Kara Mbodji battle
Manchester United defender Eric Bailly

by Graeme Jackson

Thursday Apr 20, 2017. 11:00

The battle between West African defenders Eric Bailly and Kara Mbodji is set to be a major feature of the quarterfinal, second-leg matches in the UEFA Europa League tonight.

The Ivorian Bailly and Senegalese Mbodji are set to go head-to-head at Old Trafford when Manchester United host Anderlecht for the second leg of their last eight tie.

The first match in Belgium last week ended in a 1-1 draw, leaving the tie perfectly poised for what should be a rousing European night at the ‘Theatre of Dreams’.

Elsewhere, Schalke will look to Nabil Bentaleb and Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting for inspiration as they look to overturn a 2-0 defeat suffered at the hands of Bertrand Traore’s Ajax.

Genk have a fighting chance of overturning a 3-2 deficit when they host La Liga side Celta Vigo, while Vincent Aboubakar is set to be a key figure for Besiktas as they look to come back from 2-1 down against Rachid Ghezzal’s Olympique Lyon.

The four aggregate winners will progress into the semifinals, which are set to be held in early May.

UEFA Europa League fixtures, Thursday 20 April
Quarterfinal, second leg - aggregate score in parenthesis

Manchester United v Anderlecht (1-1)
Old Trafford, 21h05 CAT

Genk v Celta Vigo (2-3)
Luminus Arena, 21h05 CAT

Schalke 04 v Ajax (0-2)
Veltins-Arena, 21h05 CAT

Besiktas v Lyon (1-2)
Vodafone Arena, 21h05 CAT

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