Arsenal v Rennes
Chelsea v Dynamo Kyiv
Eintracht Frankfurt v Inter Milan
Dinamo Zagreb v Benfica
Napoli v RB Salzburg
Valencia v Krasnodar
Sevilla v Slavia Prague
Zenit St Petersburg v Villarreal
Ties will be played on Thursday March 7 and 14.
Sunday’s games are big this week.
Chelsea v Man City meet in the Carabao Cup Final on Sunday.
That is a 4.15 kick-off at Wembley and I’ll have a bet on City.
Manchester United against league leaders Liverpool is the early afternoon thriller.
I think both teams will score, both will concede.
A United win against Liverpool is always huge and this game might get Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the job.
Arsenal team news was : Ozil starts.
Cech, Lichtsteiner, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Iwobi, Aubameyang.
Subs: Leno, Papastathopoulos, Ramsey, Torreira, Suarez, Kolasinac, Nketiah.
Chelsea team news was: Callum Hudson-Odoi starts.
Caballero, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Emerson, Kovacic, Kante, Barkley, Hudson-Odoi, Willian, Giroud.
Subs: Cumming, David Luiz, Ampadu, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek, Hazard, Higuain.
Arsenal beat BATE 3-0, as expected.
First goal was an o.g by Volkov after Aubameyang’s fast low cross hit his leg and went in.
The other goals came from Xhaka corners headed in by Mustafi and sub Sokratis.
Let’s face it, BATE are the weakest team Arsenal have played this season.
But will Ozil start against stronger opposition? Emery made last night’s match about Ozil and Arsenal won 3-0 but the manager knew how weak BATE are.
It was nice to see Hleb so surprised by the warmth of the reception given to him by Arsenal supporters.
Will Arsenal and Chelsea meet later in this competition?
If they do, and Sarri is still in charge of Chelsea, I’d fancy Arsenal quote strongly.