A whirlwind season continues with one other Europa League Matchday completely reside on BT Sport this Thursday night.
Two video games into the group phases of the competitors, Arsenal, Leicester and Rangers are in a commanding place to qualify for the Spherical of 32 – however Tottenham and Celtic have work to do to safe their spot within the knockout phases.
Spurs, who misplaced towards Antwerp within the shock results of Matchday 2, face Ludogorets realizing they need to choose up all three factors in Bulgaria whereas Celtic might be hoping to construct on a formidable draw towards Lille final day out once they face Sparta Prague.
Learn on to seek out out extra concerning the must-see video games on Matchday 3 of the Europa League.
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9 factors clear within the Scottish Premiership, two wins from two within the Europa League – it is truthful to say Steven Gerrard’s Rangers are completely flying proper now.
The Gers have discovered a steely resolve that was lacking in years passed by, constructing from a rock stable defence that has stored six successive clear sheets to grind out victories on their technique to changing into a severe drive each domestically and overseas.
In Benfica, nonetheless, they’re prone to face a stern examination of their credentials with the Portuguese aspect at the moment joint prime of Group D.
Coach Jorge Jesus might be with out £18m summer time signing Pedrinho for the early kick-off on Thursday – however the Primeira Liga runners-up have loads of energy in depth to name upon in his absence.
Former Spurs man Jan Vertgonhen marshalls a stable again line, whereas in Julian Weigl and Luca Waldschmidt, they’ve two of Germany’s most proficient younger gamers who’ve discovered a brand new leases of life in Portugal.
Rangers have a beneficial file agianst Portuguese opposition, going unbeaten of their final 11 matches towards sides from the Primeira Liga.
If they’ll lengthen that run to 12, Gerrard will fancy his possibilities of topping the group with a win within the return leg at Ibrox later this month.
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Talked about as potential Premier League title challengers, it definitely was not within the script to lose 1-0 to Royal Antwerp on Matchday 2 of final week’s Europa League.
The end result prompted a scathing evaluation from boss Jose Mourinho – together with an iconic Instagram submit of the Portuguese coach sat fuming on the crew bus – after quite a few his fringe gamers didn’t impress towards a crew who completed fourth in final season’s Belgian First Division.
Antwerp now lie answerable for Group J with two wins from two as Spurs lie second; one other poor end result on the highway towards Ludogorets this week would see them slip out of the qualifying spots altogether after three video games.
As such, Mourinho is predicted to subject a robust aspect on Thursday night time to make sure his males proper the wrongs of final week.
Harry Kane and Heung-min Son, who’ve been in unstoppable type below Mourinho this season, are prone to begin with the duo combining for an unimaginable 9 objectives in simply six video games once they have performed collectively.
Type suggests Spurs are dealing with the best opponent on Matchday 3 with Ludogorets having gained solely one in all their final 11 residence video games within the competitors whereas the north London aspect have additionally solely ever misplaced successive Europa League video games as soon as earlier than, again in 2011.
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The 2 frontrunners in Group D collide for supremacy when Leicester welcome Braga to the King Energy Stadium on Thursday night time.
Each groups have equivalent data after two video games to date, with six factors on the board, 5 objectives scored and only one conceded following respective encounters towards AEK Athens and Zorya Luhansk.
With a double header towards each other to come back over the next two Matchdays, a win right here would put the victor in a commanding place to safe their place within the Spherical of 32 in well timed trend.
Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes will go into the tie because the favourites off the again of a formidable demolition job on Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds on the weekend; the Midlands aspect are at the moment having fun with their joint-best ever begin to a top-flight marketing campaign.
Nevertheless, Braga have type within the Europa League and took 4 factors off Wolves through the group stage of final yr’s event.
Star striker Paulinho has scored six instances within the competitors because the begin of the 2019/20 Europa League marketing campaign with solely eight photographs on objective and might be one to look at developing towards an injury-hit Leicester again line.
Regardless of their therapy desk woes, 19-year-old summer time arrival Wesley Fofana seems to be to be one other cute acquisition within the coronary heart of defence and has flourished in his previous two video games taking part in in a again three.
Can Leicester proceed their red-hot type? Or will Braga be the dagger in British hearts as soon as once more?
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Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal revolution reveals no signal of slowing down because the Gunners picked up a historic win away at Manchester United on the weekend – their first at Previous Trafford for greater than a decade.
A lot was made from the arrival of Pep Guardiola’s protégée with followers anticipating to see the identical swashbuckling fashion of soccer on the Emirates below his steerage.
As a substitute, the Spaniard has imprinted a realistic tactical effectivity on the squad that hardly ever dazzles however has obtained the job executed as a rule.
With quite a few younger, proficient gamers knocking on the door for extra first crew motion, Arsenal lastly have spectacular depth throughout virtually each place within the squad too.
Count on to see the likes of Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock and Ainsley Maitland-Niles within the first XI for a second straight European sport after their begins towards Dundalk final day out.
This might be Molde’s first assembly towards English opposition they usually carry the unenviable burden of trying to be the primary Norwegian aspect ever to win in England.
Norwegian guests to England have misplaced 20 instances and drawn twice with a objective distinction of -87 throughout that point.
Over to you then, Molde.
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Celtic’s Europa League group at all times regarded a tricky project on paper and Neil Lennon’s males have discovered it difficult going within the opening phases of the competitors to date.
Performances haven’t been too dangerous however the Bhoys have only a single level from their two video games towards AC Milan and Lille.
Towards Ligue 1 contenders Lille final day out, Celtic raced to a deserved two-goal lead however couldn’t maintain on to safe all three factors in what would have been a formidable away win.
Norwegian ahead Mohamed Elyounoussi, on mortgage from Southampton, seems to have rediscovered the shape that satisfied the Saints to pay £16m for his providers two years in the past and the 26-year-old has 4 European objectives to date.
The house aspect might be hoping he can add to his spectacular file as they appear to keep away from dropping three successive Europa League video games at Celtic Park for the primary time ever.
Sparta Prague come into the match in good type domestically, main the Czech First League by two factors.
Nevertheless, they’ve suffered heavy losses of their opening two Europa League video games, transport seven objectives in defeats to Milan and Lille to date.
Celtic might be hoping they’ll pile additional distress on their poor begin to choose up a primary win within the competitors this season.