The Europa League continues on BT Sport this week, with 5 British representatives in motion within the group stage on Thursday night.
Arsenal, Tottenham, Leicester and Rangers are all in sturdy positions on the half manner stage, every topping their respective teams, with Celtic dealing with an uphill battle to attempt to attain the knockout levels.
Learn on, or soar to the sport of your selection, for previews of the matches involving British groups in addition to dwell stream hyperlinks for each different sport on Matchday 4.
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Brendan Rodgers was handed a actuality examine on Sunday evening when Leicester – prime previous to the weekend’s motion – have been dispatched 3-0 by Liverpool with out really laying a glove on the champions.
Thankfully issues must be a bit simpler this Thursday as they head to a Braga aspect they thrashed 4-0 on the King Energy Stadium within the reverse fixture.
The Foxes have but to place a foot incorrect in Europe this marketing campaign and might seal their spot within the final 32 with a win over Braga – who at present sit second within the Portuguese Primeira Liga. A victory would additionally set a membership file for consecutive victories in continental competitors.
It represents one other alternative for Kelechi Iheanacho to make an affect for Leicester ought to Rodgers choose to relaxation Jamie Vardy up prime.
The Nigerian has been instantly concerned in six targets within the Europa League this season – the joint most of any participant within the competitors alongside Lille’s Yusuf Yazici.
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It’s been a tumultuous run of matches for Mikel Arteta and Arsenal within the Premier League. The Gunners haven’t scored a objective from open play in every of their final 5 domestically.
They have been lucky to flee with a 0-0 draw from their final outing away at Leeds, when Nicolas Pepe noticed purple for a senseless headbutt early within the second half.
The Ivorian is out for 3 matches within the league however is free to play in Europe the place the Gunners have discovered the online with way more regularity.
Arsenal breezed previous Molde 4-1 on the Emirates, regardless of falling a objective behind, with Pepe on the scoresheet simply as he was in Matchday 2 towards Dundalk.
Whether or not Arteta will allow Pepe the possibility to make it three from three might be an intriguing sidenote, however the Arsenal boss might be eager to barter a win in Norway with minimal fuss and seal a spot within the knockout levels.
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Not all is properly at Celtic Park. The Scottish champions, bidding to clinch a tenth title in a row, are trailing Rangers by 11 factors – albeit with two video games in hand on their Previous Agency rivals.
And it’s been a bumpy journey in Europe too up to now. Neil Lennon’s males have been drawn right into a tough-looking Group H with AC Milan, Lille and Sparta Prague and at present sit backside with only a level.
It means Thursday’s journey to Prague is a must-win for the Bhoys if they’re to harbour hopes of creating it to the knockout levels.
It appears a difficult process. They have been taken aside 4-1 in Glasgow in what was the first-ever aggressive assembly between these two, with Sparta dangerman Lukas Julis bagging a hat-trick.
That defeat left Lennon lamenting Celtic’s “lack of starvation and utility” and vowing that the consequence wouldn’t be repeated. Thursday represents an opportunity to place issues proper, hold their European desires alive and ease the stress mounting on the Celtic boss.
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Prime within the Premier League and prime – on objective distinction – in Europe, Tottenham are sitting fairly thus far this season. In a basic Jose Mourinho show, Spurs defeated Pep Guardiola’s Manchester Metropolis on Saturday and confidence might be sky-high heading into Thursday’s match.
Mourinho demanded a response after a shock 1-0 defeat towards Royal Antwerp in Matchday 2 and his gamers responded with 4 consecutive victories.
These wins included a back-on-track 3-1 win over Bulgarian champions Ludogorets within the Europa League and Tottenham now face the identical opposition on house soil.
The Bulgarians’ solely earlier go to to London resulted in a 6-0 thrashing at rivals Arsenal and ahould Mourinho deploy the massive weapons once more they may very well be in retailer for the same hiding within the capital this time round.
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The texture-good issue is in full swing at Ibrox with Rangers making their greatest begin to a marketing campaign in 53 years below Steven Gerrard. A 4-0 thrashing of Aberdeen, which adopted the 8-0 destruction of Hamilton, noticed Gers go 11 factors away from Celtic on the prime of the Premiership.
And in Europe, Gerrard’s males have been equally spectacular. Having negotiated two qualifying rounds and a play-off to achieve the Europa League group levels, they sit prime of Group D after two wins and a draw.
Matchday 3 was the one time the Glasgow giants have dropped factors – an exciting 3-3 draw at Benfica who’re the’ opponents once more this Thursday.
The Portuguese giants battled again from 3-1 down to flee with some extent in Lisbon, regardless of happening to 10 males in simply the 19th minute. Ought to the Champions League regulars hold a full praise on the pitch in Glasgow this may very well be Rangers hardest take a look at thus far.
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