Europa League Fixtures & Previews
For the hosts, they must earn three points to stand any chance of progressing into the next round, placing a lot of importance on their performance. Rapid Vienna find themselves bottom of Group H heading into Thursday, having won just once so far which has led to this being a must-win match.
The hosts will be unable to qualify if they lose against the Hammers. This game means more to the hosts than it does to the Hammers, but that does not mean that it will be an easy one for them to secure a point in.
Rangers vs. Sparta Prague
The two sides – who are level on four points in Group A – head into this contest off the back of disappointing domestic defeats at the weekend, and another loss for either team in Glasgow could end their hopes of advancing to the knockout rounds.
Van Bronckhorst has inherited a side who have only won two of their last 10 European fixtures, so the Dutchman will be hoping he can have an immediate impact to keep their continental dreams alive.
Monaco vs Real Sociedad
Both teams have impressive players in their ranks and will want to win this game.
Real Sociedad are in second place in the La Liga standings and have been excellent this season. Monaco, on the other hand, are in eighth place in the Ligue 1 table and have not been at their best this year. Real Sociedad have a good record against Monaco and have won one out of two matches played between the two teams. Monaco have never defeated Real Sociedad and have a point to prove on today.
Olympiacos vs. Fenerbahce
However, the visitors could leapfrog them in the table and force things to go down to the final game of the group if they can secure a win. Olympiacos currently sit second in Group D after picking up two victories and defeats in the opening matches, with four points between them and current table-toppers Eintracht Frankfurt.
Leicester City vs. Legia Warsaw
Separated by just a point and a place in the Group C table, Leicester City welcome Polish champions Legia Warsaw to the King Power Stadium on Thursday, for a potentially decisive Europa League encounter.
Therefore, the Foxes are still in a perilous position coming into the penultimate round, so Rodgers will hope the club’s unbeaten record at the King Power throughout five previous Europa League group games will stand them in good stead.
Galatasaray vs Marseille
Jorge Sampaoli‘s men sit third in the group amid their streak of stalemates, whereas the Turkish hosts top the group with eight points to their name. Marseille may struggle to get into the right headspace for this encounter following the weekend’s unsavoury events, and with the absent Payet at the heart of their attacks week in week out, Sampaoli’s men are fighting an uphill battle to claim a first continental win of the season.
Lokomotiv Moscow vs. Lazio
Maurizio Sarri‘s men sit second in the section with five points to their name, while their winless Russian hosts sit rock bottom of the rankings. Lokomotiv have been dealt a major injury blow with first-choice goalkeeper Guilherme, who is suffering from a tendon issue in his foot and will not be available. With no fewer than three creative midfielders absent for Lokomotiv, their chances are certainly slim against Sarri’s Lazio.
Bayer Leverkusen vs. Celtic
The Hoops, meanwhile, could move into the top two with a victory at the BayArena, if Real Betis were to drop points against Ferencvaros. everkusen have enjoyed their Europa League campaign so far, accumulating 10 points from a possible 12 available and scoring 11 goals in the process. Celtic were well beaten against Leverkusen in September, but with the hosts to be without a few key players on Thursday, a closer affair could be on the cards this time around.Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest