The UEFA Champions League may be more popular. But the Europa League is more stressful.
There are more games to be played. The competition may be little-known, something that makes them all the more dangerous. And the surprise results are not too far away.
This year’s edition of the competition continues this week as the race for qualification heats up. Remember, the second round will also feature teams from the UCL. As the race is on, which team will you be backing?
1. Bayer Leverkusen
The German side will be playing at home against Ludogorets. With 9 points, they have qualified for the next phase of the competition. But with Zurch also on 9 points, the contest for a top-spot finish will be rife.
They have scored 10 goals in the past 4 games, conceding an average of over 1,5 goals per game.
The Spanish outfit has scored a record 15 goals (the highest in the competition so far this season). But they’re still placed second in Group J. Krasnodar, also with 9 points, leads the group with a better goal advantage.
On MatchDay 5, they will face Standard Liege, a side that is just 3 points below them. A win will ensure their qualification. A loss puts them in a precarious position.
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The Blues have only conceded one goal in their last 4 Europa League games. Their defeat at the hands of Tottenham may have tainted their unbeaten run in the league. But with 12 points, they will be looking to keep the 100% run in the EL.
These days, there’s no mention of Arsenal without the word “unbeaten run” not being mentioned. Defeating Bournemouth this past weekend meant the Gunners extended their unbeaten run to 17 games.
When they face Vorksla Poltava, they will be looking to increase not only their point tally of 10. They will also be looking to get more goals to the 8 they have already scored. Avoiding more goals will also be on the agenda.