Villarreal in Kiev against Dinamo (6:55 p.m., Gol TV) and Granada against Molde (9:00 p.m., Movistar LC) in Los Cármenes face the first leg of the Europa League round of 16 as favorites, especially the team Andalusian, who faces the rival with the worst coefficient of the entire competition. This round will also feature a high-level showdown between two European champions like Manchester United and Milan. Old Trafford will witness the first round of two greats who collect 10 Champions League titles (seven by Milan and three by Manchester United). Roma and Shakhtar settle another very interesting confrontation, as well as Olympiacos-Arsenal and Tottenham-Dinamo Zagreb.
Villarreal travels to Kiev with the mental burden of their last two losses in LaLiga against Atlético de Madrid and Valencia, but with the force that gives him how well he is competing in Europe. The elimination in the previous round of a dangerous team like Salzburg was the best test. Dynamo Kiev, coached by veteran Mircea Lucescu, entered the competition from the Champions League and eliminated Brugge in the previous round. They are a very renewed team and leader of their league ahead of Shakhtar. Up to 20,000 fans will be able to attend the match at the Olympic in Kiev. Dinamo resumed competition in mid-February after a two-month winter break and since then, in addition to eliminating Brugge, they have won three league games and drawn twice, one of them in the Ukrainian Cup. Unai Emery, Villarreal coach, will line up his eleven of gala. The Basque coach has a wide track record in this competition, as he won it three times as Sevilla coach in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 editions
El Molde, in Benidorm
The illusion continues to be overwhelmed in Granada , where dreams of the possibility, more than real, of being among the eight best teams in the Europa League. El Molde faces the European competition in preseason, which is being held in Benidorm, and without being able to play in Norway due to the regulations of his country due to the coronavirus pandemic. The second leg will be played next week in Hungary.
Granada, which has recovered Vallejo and Gonalons, have many casualties and do not want any kind of confidence against an opponent who eliminated German Hoffenheim in the last round. Jorge Molina and Soldado will be in the attack of Diego Martínez, who as usual in this season has several casualties for the crash.