I’VE posted a separate preview on the matches in Celtic’s Group A and here I look at who needs what on a busy night of Europa League action.
Group J is the tightest with all four teams still able to make it through. Monaco host Anderlecht with the French looking to preserve the group’s only unbeaten record.
Spurs will have an eye on Sunday’s London derby with Chelsea so back Qarabag not to lose at 4-5 with McBookie in Azerbaijan. Mauricio Pochettini will named a weakened side although Delli Alli will play as he’s suspended for the weekend.
On-fire Liverpool are 8-15 with Betfred to progress by beating Bordeaux at home. Surprise package Sion need just a draw against Rubin Kazan in Russia to make it through.
Basel have been in poor form domestically but coach Urs Fischer believes all the pressure is on Fiorentina ahead of their top-of-the-table clash in Group I.
Fiorentina head to Switzerland three points behind Fischer’s team knowing defeat could see them overtaken by either Lech Poznan or Belenenses going into the final round of matches.
Basel won the reverse fixture in Italy 2-1 in September and another victory would see their place in the knockout stages but I’d be looking at an away at 5-6 with Paddy Power if both sides are at full strength.
Napoli supporters have been banned from their away game at Bruges as anti-terror operations continue to take place in Belgium.
The Italians have already secured top spot in Group D while Bruges must win to keep their qualification hopes in their own hands ahead of the final game away at Midtjylland who travel to bottom team Legia Warsaw.
Napoli are also fielding a weakened side with the likes of Higuain, Albiol, Jorginho and Reina left at home and Gabbiadini and Mertens crocked so get on the Belgians at 6-5 with bet365.
The top two in Group E go head to head in Spain as Villarreal host Rapid Vienna. Rapid are already assured of their place in the knockout stages and a draw would ensure they win the group – as well as also being enough to rubber-stamp Villarreal’s qualification. Will the draw be played out – that pays 16-5 at bet365 and BetVictor.
Viktoria Plzen host the La Liga side in the final game so they will be hoping for a Rapid win provided they keep their own hopes alive by winning at Dinamo Minsk who have already been eliminated. Back Plzen at 20-23 with BetVictor.
Borussia Dortmund are already through but the Germans will finish top of Group C with a draw away at second-placed Krasnodar. Like Napoli they’ve left out Aubemayang, Reus, Ono, Kagawa and Park while Suhin and Durm are injured.
In the other game in the group PAOK Salonika and Qabala need to win to ensure their final group game is not merely a dead rubber. A draw in Greece will eliminate both teams.
Braga, Slovan Liberec and Marseille are battling it out for the two qualification spots in Group F. Leaders Braga host second-placed Liberec while Marseille, 1-4 at Paddy Power, are at home to Groningen who have yet to win a game in the group.
The top two in Group L face each other in Germany as Augsburg host leaders Athletic Bilbao who can clinch the group with a win. A slip up from either of those sides and Partizan Belgrade will be ready to pounce against AZ Alkmaar who despite being bottom of the table are still not out of the reckoning for the second qualification place.
Lazio lead Group G and need just a point at home to Dnipro to get through with a game to spare. Dnipro must win to stand any chance of qualifying but even if they do win in Rome it will be academic if second-placed St Etienne pick up all three points at Rosenborg.
Rosenborg’s season is over and they could have taken their off the ball so the French are worth a look at 29-20 with bet365.
All four teams remain alive in Group H where Lokomotiv Moscow can qualify with victory at home to Sporting Lisbon. Skenderbeu picked up a first win against Sporting last time and must beat Besiktas in Turkey to take it to the last round of fixtures.
Group K is also wide open and it will be second against third in the Czech Republic when Sparta Prague host Asteras Tripoli with just two points separating the teams.
The other game in the group sees leaders Schalke host Apoel Nicosia with the Germans no bigger than 2-7 at Betfred to gain the victory that will mean they win the group.
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