UEFA Europa League, Round of 16 preview: Spots in the quarterfinals are on the line

The best viewing can be found in Italy during Thursday's Europa League action, as Fiorentina look to pull an upset and Napoli try to come back against Porto.

The Europa League continues the knockout round on Thursday with the second leg matches in the Round of 16. By the end of the day, eight teams will be moving on to the quarterfinals while the other eight's European adventures will be concluded.

Three ties are all but over thanks to big first-leg victories. Benfica heads home to play Spurs, already up 3-1, carrying three away goals. Valencia is also back at home with three away goals after a first leg trouncing of Ludogorets Razgrad, while French side Lyon travels to the Czech Republic holding a 4-1 lead over Viktoria Plzen.

In Spain, the second leg of the Seville Derby looks to be completely in the control of Real Betis. Despite their atrocious league form, the Béticos are on a roll in Europe and are nearly into the quarterfinals thanks to a 2-0 victory in the first leg at Sevilla. With relegation nearly unavoidable, this is Real Betis' last chance to salvage something from their season.

Several ties are close or all even after the first leg including Fiorentina and Juventus. The two Italian clubs played to a 1-1 draw in Turin as the Viola head home looking to upset the likely Serie A champions.

Here's the full schedule for Thursday's Europa League action, all times ET.

1 p.m.

Anzhi Makhachkala vs. AZ Alkmaar (Alkmaar leads 1-0)

2 p.m.

Benfica vs. Tottenham Hotspur (Benfica leads 3-1)

Fiorentina vs. Juventus (Tied 1-1)

Valencia vs. Ludogorets Razgrad (Valencia leads 3-0)

Viktoria Plzen vs. Lyon (Lyon leads 4-1)

4:05 p.m.

Napoli vs. FC Porto (Porto leads 1-0)

Real Betis vs. Sevilla FC (Betis leads 2-0)

SV Salzburg vs. FC Basel (Tied 0-0)

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