By News Team
Last Updated: 28th November 2019
The Europa League group stage is approaching its finale with just two rounds left. While some teams have already qualified, others are in difficult fights to progress to the knockout stages.
We preview all the British teams in action on what is set to be another dramatic night of European football.
Another big performance from Rangers needed
A trip to Feyenoord represents a tough away day for Rangers in one of the tightest groups in the tournament. Just three points separate all four teams in Group G, with Rangers and Feyenoord second and third respectively.
A point here will be huge for Rangers and Steven Gerrard’s side have impressed in Europe during his tenure. Both sides look well-matched, so this could come down to a small mistake or moment of magic. Rangers are 15/8 for the win, while the home side are 7/5. Rangers’ Alfredo Morelos has been in irresistible form in the competition so far and is 13/10 to score anytime.
Rangers will be through to the knockout stages if they win and Porto draw or lose against Young Boys, or if they draw and Porto lose.
More misery for Arsenal?
Arsenal have seemingly lurched from one disaster to another this season, but their form in Europe remains strong. Just two points dropped and 11 goals scored leaves them four points clear at the top of Group F, and they look poised to progress to the knockout stages once again, needing just a point against Eintracht Frankfurt.
However, Frankfurt are a very good footballing outfit despite losing the likes of Luka Jovic and Sebastien Haller – who helped power them to last season’s Europa League semi-finals – and they are still in contention to get out of Group F.
Man United turn to the kids
Manchester United face the long trip to Kazakhstan to take on an Astana side that are yet to pick up a point from their four matches so far in Group L and have only scored once. It could be tougher than it looks on paper for United, however, with the market being relatively tight – Astana are 3/1 with the Red Devils at 17/20.
This being because United have already announced their intention to play plenty of youth prospects and the long journey to Kazakhstan has been known to cause problems for teams in the past. But with qualification for the knockout stages assured, United will have very little to worry about and the youngsters – including academy products Di’Shon Bernard, Ethan Laird and Dylan Levitt – will look to make the most of their chances. The draw does look the most likely result, though, and is available at 27/10.
Celtic to continue impressive campaign
Celtic qualified in dramatic circumstances after a late winner against Lazio last time out so they can look forward to European football in the New Year. Rennes, on the other hand, have been bitterly disappointing, with just one point on the board in Group E.
Celtic, who can clinch first place with a victory, should be rampant at home and are just 1/2 to win. Rennes, who are bottom of the group, are rank outsiders at 11/2, but value could be found on the handicap, with Celtic at -1 available at 13/10.
Wolves face tough Braga trip
Wolves have had an excellent campaign so far in Europe, losing just once in a tough-looking Group K to leave them second, and barring a catastrophe they should proceed to the knockout stages. An away trip to group leaders Braga is often a difficult fixture for British teams and this one should be no different.
Braga are 6/4 home favourites, with Wolves 11/5 to take all three points back to the Midlands – just a draw will be enough for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side to qualify from the group. While Wolves struggled at the start of the season, they have worked out their rotations for Europe and the Premier League and their squad depth is starting to show. This could be an exciting tie for the neutral and both teams to score is 10/11, which looks a certainty.