Just like in the UCL, this week’s Europa League games will feature teams trying to secure qualification to the next round of the competition. Most of the groups are still wide open with teams therein still having a solid chance of qualification.
That means the competition this week, in the Europa League, will be stiffer. Perfect timing if you’re looking to cash in on some European action this week.
Group F is a perfect example of the tight race to qualify for the knockout stages of the Europa League.
Save for Rijeka, with zero points, Napoli, Real Sociedad and AZ Alkmaar still stand a chance of qualifying. While the Italians are top with nine points, both AZ and Sociedad are tied on seven points. This week, AZ Alkmaar will host Gattuso’s Neapolitans while Oyarzabal and co welcome Group F’s whooping boys to Spain. still stand a chance of qualifying. While the Italians are top with nine points, both AZ and Sociedad are tied on seven points. This week, AZ Alkmaar will host Gattuso’s Neapolitans while Oyarzabal and co welcome Group F’s whooping boys to Spain.
AZ Alkmaar will be looking for another win over Napoli, just like AC Milan will be hoping to get the better of Celtic again.
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Pioli’s men, second in Group H, struggled against Lille over both legs, picking up just one point. Up against a familiar foe, they welcome Celtic to the San Siro, a ground where they have never lost to the troubled Scottish giants.
Celtic, without a Europa League win this season, have the joint-worst defense of the season so far. They have conceded 13 goals. It’s a bit too late for sides that have yet to win a game at this stage of the competition.
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For sides that have won at least one of their last four Europa League games, they still have a fighting chance. One of such sides is Wolfsberger AC. The Austrian side, third on the log, travel to Russia to take on fourth-placed CSKA Moscow..
The last time both sides met, it ended in a one-all draw. With Austrians needing all the points they can get for qualification, expect them to go all out in this one.
Teams at the top of the table will also be looking to cement their top spot when they play this week.
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Dinamo, having kept a clean sheet in all four games, will look to remain at the top of the table. Same for Hoffenheim, the German team that has scored an average of three goals per game so far in the Europa League. Villarreal, Lille, and Leicester City are just some of the names that will be looking to finish the group stage as group winners.
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