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What to watch for in the Europa League on Thursday

The Europa League looks set to match the drama of the Champions league with every tie still very much up for grabs.

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As a dramatic round of Champions League football ends, so to does this round of the Europa League. The knockout rounds have been fantastic for the red-headed stepchild of European competition this year, and the second leg of the round of 16 should be no exception as these teams go barreling on towards the final and the much-coveted spot in next season's Champions League.

All eight of these ties are still up in the air, with no more than a two goal lead in any tie, and only one club holding more than one away goal. Home field advantage could play a huge role in deciding who goes on to the quarter finals -- but this is the Europa League. Anything can happen anywhere, at any time. This is a competition known for delightful insanity and chaotic randomness, so you'd better buckle up once these matches start.

Fiorentina vs. AS Roma

The Italian duel played out wonderfully in the first leg, with Fiorentina putting on a show before breaking down late and letting Roma back in to the tie. Now with a 1-1 scoreline heading in to the Stadio Olimpico in Rome (2 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 2), Roma will be trying to overturn their recent poor form, having just a single victory in their last eight matches across all competitions, and four wins in sixteen going all the way back to the new year. Only one of those wins have come at home, and among the losses in that time was a 2-0 defeat at the hands of, you guessed it, Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia. If Roma can't better that form, they'll be watching from home as Fiorentina play in the quarter finals.

Dynamo Kyiv vs. Everton

Everton are the last man standing when it comes to English teams in European competition. That's a heavy burden to bear, but they've got a 2-1 lead in hand as they head to Ukraine to face Dynamo Kyiv (2 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1) and are hopeful for a positive result. English sides have traditionally struggled in Ukraine, but Everton are undefeated on the road in the Europa League this season, and as long as they can keep that streak up, they'll be booking a place in the next round. Kyiv won't be rolling over easily, though, and their extremely talented side will use their home crowd to their full advantage to hold Everton at bay. Even with key player Younes Belhanda out suspended, Kyiv are far, far from out of this tie just yet.

Internazionale vs. VfL Wolfsburg

One of the most exciting ties of the first leg was Wolfsburg's dramatic come-from-behind win against Inter, overcoming an early goal from the Italians to run out a two-goal lead. Inter have a vital away goal, though, and with the matchup heading to the San Siro (4:05 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1), they'll be hoping to use that and their energetic home crowd to their favor. The biggest question, though, is whether or not Inter's wildly inconsistent form under Roberto Mancini can hold up under the unceasing tide that has been Dieter Hecking's Wolfsburg side. If Wolfsburg can score early and keep the pressure up, this could be over in a hurry. But if Inter score first, then this tie is officially wide open.

Full round of 16 second leg schedule

First leg score in parenthesis. TV and online streaming listings can be found here.

Dynamo Moscow vs. Napoli (1-3), 1 p.m. ET, 8 p.m. local

AS Roma vs. Fiorentina (1-1), 2 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. local

Dynamo Kyiv vs. Everton (1-2), 2 p.m. ET, 8 p.m. local

Ajax Amsterdam vs. Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (0-1), 4:05 p.m. ET, 9:05 p.m. local

Torino vs Zenit St Petersburg (0-2), 4:05 p.m. ET, 9:05 p.m. local

Inter Milan vs. VfL Wolfsburg (1-3), 4:05 p.m. ET, 9:05 p.m. local

Sevilla vs. Villarreal (3-1), 4:05 p.m. ET, 9:05 p.m. local

Besiktas vs. Club Bruges (1-2), 4:05 p.m. ET, 10:05 p.m. local