The final group games of the UEFA Europa League take place on Thursday, with a last chance for some sides to seal a place in the last thirty-two. Below we take a brief look at a few of the matches that will shape who qualifies and whose European journey ends before Christmas.
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Slavia Prague and Astana meet to decide who finishes behind Villarreal in Group A, with the home side needing a point to secure their place in the next round. The first match was a even affair that ended 1-1 and with Slavia Prague in better form, they should seal qualification with a positive result. Both Teams To Score @Evens
Austria Vienna take on draw specialists AEK Athens in a Group D meeting, that the home side know will see them through if they can pick up a victory. The Austrians have been poor at home so far, losing both games, but wins in Rijeka and a draw in Greece give them some hope. AEK have won once and drawn four, including two goalless games against Milan and another strong defensive performance by the Greeks looks likely here. Draw Bet @12/5
In Group F, Kobenhavn take on Sheriff Tiraspol, with the Danish hosts also needing a win to guarantee qualification. The two sides drew 0-0 in the previous meeting and another tight match is likely, with Sheriff so far unbeaten in the group stage, including an impressive away win at Lokomotiv Moscow. The home side are favourites, but I fancy the visitors to pick up a result and go through. Double Chance - Sheriff Or Draw @11/10
Lastly in Group J, Ukrainian side Zorya take on Athletic Bilbao, with the hosts having to win to reach the next stage. After picking up wins over Hertha Berlin and away to Bilbao, the Ukrainians have faltered with two defeats. In contrast, Bilbao have won picked up two wins after opening with just a point in the opening two games. Bilbao have struggled this season, but this match could be the catalyst for improvement over the next few months. Bilbao To Win @4/5