MANCHESTER UNITED v Sevilla. Five time Europa League winners Sevilla are a lethal cup side. Unfortunately, this season of transition is off track, with Jorge Sampaoli the second manager to be fired by the Andalusians. United midfield lynchpin Casemiro, a five time Champions League winner, says he has never been managed by a gaffer with a bigger appetite for silverware than Eric Ten Haag. The Dutchman will guide the 2017 winners into the last four.
JUVENTUS v Sporting Lisbon. Any team that eliminates Premier League leaders Arsenal ought to be taken seriously. However, twice Champions League winners Juventus have the tools to outlast Sporting Lisbon. The Old Lady are bookmakers second favourites behind Manchester United and it should show. Massimiliano Allegri would be disappointed if he can’t get the best out of a squad featuring Angel Di Maria, Federico Chiesa and Dusan Vlahovic.
Feyenoord v AS ROMA. Eredivisie leaders Feyenoord of Rotterdam boss the Dutch top flight mostly because they have the division’s best mentality. Reigning Europa Conference League winners Roma have the better players and serial winner in coach Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese tactician will get the best out of Paulo Dybala, Tammy Abraham and Andrea Belotti.
BAYER LEVERKUSEN v Union St Gilliose. Watched every minute of Leverkusen’s 2-1 win over Bayern Munich and confirmed the rapid progress the German side is making under Xabi Alonso. With Union St Gilliose always playing on the front foot, a mouthwatering goals avalanche lies in store. The quality of Patrick Schick, Moussa Diaby, Florian Wirtz and Adam Hlozek will shine through.