Bolton v Sporting Lisbon
Captain Kevin Nolan is the main injury worry for Gary Megson’s Bolton team as they host Sporting Lisbon at the Reebok Stadium in the first leg of their last-16 meeting. Nolan took a knock in their 3-1 loss against Liverpool at the Reebok on Sunday and will face a late fitness test. El-Hadji Diouf, Grzegorz Raziak, Gretar Steinsson and Tamir Cohen also miss out on this European encounter.
Bolton have lost their last three Premiership games, and will be hoping that the UEFA Cup isn’t too much of a distraction from their main aim of retaining their Premiership status. Sporting currently lie in fifth place in the Portuguese top flight, behind Porto and Lisbon rivals Benfica.
Bolton are the favourites to win this match, with Bet 365 offering odds of 13/8 for Bolton to win. Skybet have the best odds for the Sporting Lisbon win, with 2/1 currently available. Blue Square are your best bet for the draw, with odds of 11/5
Fiorentina v Everton
Everton travel to Florence to face Fiorentina in the first leg of their last-16 tie, and they have a strong squad to choose from, with Mikel Arteta being the only injury doubt despite travelling, whilst Joseph Yobo, Tim Cahill, Andrew Johnson and Steven Pienaar have all recovered from a stomach bug that worked its way around the Goodison training ground.
Everton kept their Champions League qualification hopes alive as they continued their best-ever Premiership season with a win against Portsmouth on Sunday that keeps them in the race for Fourth Place that looks like it will come down to one of the Merseyside teams.
Rangers v Werder Bremen
Glasgow Rangers captain Barry Ferguson will set a new Scottish record for European appearances on Thursday evening when Rangers host Werder Bremen at Ibrox in Ferguson’s 77th European clash. He will hope to extend that record further by helping rangers to a win against the Bundesliga side.
Jean Claude Darcheville completes the final match of his three-match ban in this tie as Rangers continue their search for silverware on all four fronts, and still leading the SPL by four points. Bremen have a couple of injury concerns, including Ivan Klasnic and Hugo Almeida, who have both travelled with the side to Glasgow but will face last fitness tests.
Rangers are very slight favourites to win the home leg of their tie, with William Hill offering odds of 17/10 for Walter Smith’s team to emerge victorious, whilst Boyle Sports offer a similar 7/4 for the Germans to edge it. Given such a tense affair, the draw might be the best bet at odds of 9/4 (VC Bet)
Tottenham v Paris St Germain
It’s Spurs v PSV at White Hart Lane in the big game of the evening, as Tottenham fans dream of adding the UEFA Cup to their haul of silverware for the season following their Carling Cup victory over Chelsea, a prospect few would have thought likely in October last year when Spurs sat in the relegation zone having sacked Martin Jol.
Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate are recalled to the squad, having been rested since the Carling Cup triumph, joining Gilberto and Michael Dawson who are also returning from injury. Spurs will have to be very wary of the threat from PSV, who currently sit six points clear at the top as they look to retain their Dutch title.
Despite PSV’s excellent league record, the bookies have made them rank outsiders in this match, with odds all the way out at 23/5 (VC Bet) currently available on the Dutch Champions to leave White Hart Lane with the win. VC Bet also price the draw at 14/5, whilst the best odds for Spurs to beat PSV is currently 4/6 with Boylesports.
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