UEFA Europa League correct score prediction: Can West Ham overturn first-leg defeat?

The Europa League knockout stages returned last week with several shocks playing out but it was the British sides who were left sweating over their places in the Quarter final with none of them managing to win away from home.

Brighton are the one team most in danger of dropping out of the Europa League having been hammered in Rome, while West Ham only trail by a single goal and Rangers managed to pick up a respectable draw against Benfica.

UEFA Europa League correct score prediction: Our picks

With a lot on the line this midweek for all teams, but specifically British ones, we're going to give our scored predictions and tips for these three huge clashes with all three of them having a tough clash on Thursday, March 14th.

UEFA Europa League correct score prediction
Rangers hold a huge advantage heading into the second-leg against Benfica – Gerardo Santos / Global Imagens – Photo by Icon Sport

Rangers vs Benfica

Rangers have been very impressive in both Europe and domestically for the majority of this season. The Gers sit top of the SPFL with a two-point gap, while they've only lost one game in the Europa League, which was away to Aris Limassol.

The Scottish giants are yet to taste defeat at Ibrox in Europe this term, which has them in a great place to advance past a Benfica side who are consistently getting to the knockout stages of European competitions in recent times.

Philippe Clement's side will be disappointed to be level at this stage of the tie having taken the lead on two separate occasions over in Portugal last Thursday. It was only a Connor Goldson own goal which saw Benfica peg the Gers back for a second time. So, with a raucous Ibrox crowd behind them, it's hard to look past a Rangers win in this very close encounter.

Our prediction: Rangers 2-1 Benfica (9/1)

West Ham vs Freiburg Europa League
West Ham looking to overturn a one-goal deficit at the London Stadium Silas Schueller/DeFodi Images – Photo by Icon Sport

West Ham vs Freiburg

West Ham had already faced Freiburg on two separate occasions this Europa League campaign, but the third time wasn't the charm for David Moyes' side who fell to a crushing defeat. The Hammers had won the two meetings against their German opponents before last week's 1-0 loss.

Moyes' side had managed to win away from home in the group stages when they took on Freiburg recording a 2-1 victory thanks to goals from Lucas Paqueta and Nayef Aguerd, however, this time around they certainly weren't as fortunate.

An 81st-minute strike from Michael Gregoritsch was enough to seal a home win, but it didn't come without controversy when West Ham were not awarded a penalty in the dying moments. It was a handball incident which was looked at for several minutes only for the decision to be no penalty, thus, handing Freiburg a narrow lead heading to the London Stadium.

The Hammers won 2-0 the last time Freiburg came to the London Stadium, so they'll be confident of overturning a one-goal deficit, especially after the way they rallied and earned a point against Burnley on the weekend.

West Ham 3-0 Freiburgg (12/1)

Brighton vs Roma Europa League
Brighton will need a miracle against Roma to keep their Europa League dream alive – Photo by Alfredo Falcone/LaPresse – Photo by Icon Sport

Brighton vs Roma

It was certainly a night to forget for Brighton last Thursday in Rome as they were humbled in a 4-0 defeat. Roberto De Zerbi's men were nowhere near the level needed to just compete against a European powerhouse and the gap in quality and experience shone through.

The Seagulls now have to score at least four times and do it to nil, just to force extra time and that seems incredibly unlikely given how impressive Roma were under a week ago. Brighton had faced tough tasks in the Europa League before going to Rome, with Marseille and Ajax in their group, but that didn't appear to worry them as they topped it.

However, having to overturn a four-goal deficit is beyond most teams, nevermind one with so little experience in Europe. So, while we're going to back the Seagulls to marginally come out on top, nothing will be able to stop a Roma party on the south coast.

Roma have lost just once in the Europa League this season and that was only by a two-goal margin, so to envisage a scenario where the Italian giants concede four without reply looks beyond the realms of possibility.

Brighton 3-1 Roma (13/1)

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