The Europa League returns for its third round of fixtures tonight, and as Europe’s supporting cast takes the field tonight after two nights of A-Lister games, we break down our dream Europa League Fivefold.
Milan have been in horrendous form as of late domestically, sitting an embarrassing 12th in the league- not something the fans would have expected this time last season when the club went all out in the hope of securing Champions League qualification.
Betis have not seen much improvement themselves this season; sitting 11th in the league and second in the group. The Spanish side have also been on the end of two recent domestic defeats including a poor display against Real Valladolid.
We’re going for Milan in this one.
This is a no-brainer. Leipzig have been in tremendous form winning four of their last six games while sitting just 5 points off the top of the Bundesliga. Danger man Timo Werner will remain a constant threat to a shaky Celtic back four while Yussuf Poulsen’s pace will likely cause havoc throughout the evening.
It’s been a poor start to Celtic’s season. Brendan Rodgers has finally tasted the cold sweat of pressure for the first time in his Glasgow tenor and tonight may prove a bridge too far.
We’re expecting a battering for Celtic tonight.
Lisbon is never a comfortable place to travel; the Portuguese side has only failed to win three matches so far this season, boasting a 100% record at home.
However, if there is ever a time not to play the Gunners, it’s now. The North London side have finally appeared to click under the direction of their Spanish manager and have been reaping the rewards of their high pressing game. Emery has not been shy in throwing out the big guns in the Europa League this season, making it a top priority in Arsenal’s quest for Champions League football next year.
We expect Arsenal to pull through on this one.
This is a tough one to call. Both teams sit fourth in their respected leagues and are yet to concede in their last 180 mins of football. Both boast real attacking threats with Dimitri Payet possessing the capabilities of changing any game while Ciro Immobile always has the quality to deliver the goods when needed.
With Marseille at home, they are the bookie’s favourites. However, having conceded at least two goals in their last four matches, you wouldn’t put it past an experienced Lazio side to grind out a result in France tonight.
We are going Lazio on this one.
Ask any Rangers fan if they expected to be sitting at the top of their European group table above the likes of Villareal going into game three, and many would appear disenchanted. But Steven Gerrard has done just that with his rigid and pragmatic approach; not always easy on the eye but a plan that is producing results.
Spartak Moscow have been abysmal this campaign and based on the fact that Russian exports rarely travel well in Europe, its hard to envisage anything but a Rangers win. The Glasgow faithful will be right up for it tonight!
We’re backing Stevie G on this one.