Europa League Fixtures & Previews

November 25, 2021 By 0 Comments

West Ham United‘s Europa League adventure will continue when they travel to Rapid Vienna on today, where a victory will result in them winning the group.

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

Giovanni van Bronckhorst will take charge of his first game as Rangers manager on Thursday night, as his new side welcome Sparta Prague to Ibrox for their crucial Europa League encounter.

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.

Monaco vs Real Sociedad

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

Olympiacos have the opportunity to guarantee their progression into the next round of the Europa League with a victory on Thursday when they host 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.

Leicester City vs. Legia Warsaw

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

Seeking to end a run of four consecutive draws in the Europa LeagueMarseille travel to Galatasaray on matchday five in Group E.

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.

Lazio

Lokomotiv Moscow vs. Lazio

Lazio will aim to keep the pressure on Europa League Group E leaders Galatasaray when they travel to Lokomotiv Moscow on Thursday night.

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

Bayer Leverkusen will be looking to secure all three points and qualify for the last 32 of the Europa League when they host Celtic in their penultimate Group G encounter on Thursday evening.

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.