UEFA Europa League Live Stream

Europa League Live Stream

Following Match Day 4 in the UEFA Europa League, only four teams had secured a spot in the February knockout stage. The end of Match Day 5, last week, found 14 more teams qualified, a total of 18, meaning that six tickets are still up for grabs.

In Group A, AS Roma have nothing to worry about, on 13 points they have already secured qualification AND the top spot in the group table. They visit CSKA Sofia this week, with the Bulgarian side already down and out, on just two points. It’s the other group match, in Bern, that has infinitely bigger interest; second-placed Young Boys host third-placed CFR Cluj, needing just a draw to stay second. On five points, two less than Young Boys, the Romanian side has to win, or else their season in the Europa League will be over.

Group B is a similar case, we already know one of the two teams that qualify, Arsenal, we also know which team has no chance of finishing in the top two (Dundalk, who, by the way, host Arsenal this week), and we also have a “final”, in Vienna. Third-placed Rapid are three points behind second-placed Molde. The hosts would be more than fine with a 1-0 win, but if it’s 2-1, 3-2, in other words, if Rapid do win by one goal, but concede, it’s Molde who will be left with the advantage and the ticket to the last 32 of the competition.

Almost everything is already decided in Group C; Slavia Prague and Bayer Leverkusen have qualified, Nice and Hapoel Be’er Sheva are out. We just need to see who will finish first, and who second. For the time being, Slavia and Leverkusen are on 12 points each, with the Czech side having the advantage. Leverkusen host Slavia this week, and Nice travel to Israel to face Hapoel.

One of the same in Group D; Rangers and Benfica have already qualified, Lech Poznań and Standard Liège are already out. It’s Rangers who have the advantage over Benfica (they are on 11 points each), so they currently lead, but that could change. Steven Gerrard’s team face Lech in Poland, while Benfica travel to Belgium to play against Standard.

PAOK’s failure in Cyprus against Omonia last week left Group E without much interest on the last day of the group stage. The Greek side hosts Granada, but they are third, four points behind second-placed PSV, so it’s all over. Granada and PSV are in the last 32 of the competition, with only the top spot in the group table left to play for. PSV host Omonia. If they win, and Granada lose or draw in Thessaloniki, they finish first.

Only one group has not produced yet a certain participant in the Round of 32, and that’s Group F. Napoli lead, on 10 points, Real Sociedad and Alkmaar are on eight each, and Rijeka are on just one. The Croatian side are out, obviously. Any of the other three though, could finish third. Alkmaar may be third in the table, because they have a disadvantage in their head-to-head matches with Real Sociedad, but they visit Rijeka, and they know that if they win, they qualify, no matter what happens in Naples, between Napoli and Real Sociedad. Even a draw could be enough for Alkmaar, if Real Sociedad lose in Italy. This is by far the most interesting group, one for neutrals to follow this Thursday night.

No… dramas in Group G this week, as we already know who has qualified; it’s Leicester and Braga, on 10 points each, with the Premier League side leading, thanks to their advantage in the head-to-head games with Braga. Third-placed Zorya Luhansk and fourth-placed AEK are out, mathematically. Braga host Zorya this week, and AEK travel to England to face Leicester.

Lille and AC Milan have already qualified from Group H, with Lille currently leading, on 11 points, one more than Milan. Third-placed Sparta Prague cannot cover the gap on the Italian side with just one match left. As for Celtic, they did give Milan a good scare last week in Italy, leading 0-2(!) just 14 minutes into the game, but still ended up losing, 4-2. No matter what happens this week, Celtic will finish last. They host Lille, while Milan travel to Czechia to face Sparta.

Group I may not… finish onto the pitch, the final table may be decided at UEFA’s headquarters. Villarreal, leaders, on 13 points, having already secured not just qualification but the top spot in the group table as well, were scheduled to host Qarabag this week. Late Tuesday night, UEFA decided to postpone the game, as Qarabag reported a number of Covid-19 cases. Until Wednesday midday it was unclear if UEFA would set a new date, or if the game would be awarded to Villarreal. It does not really make much of a difference though – thankfully for UEFA – as Villarreal have already secured top spot, and Qarabag are last, five whole points behind third-placed Sivasspor. It’s the Turkish side and Maccabi Tel Aviv who have a… final this week, meeting in Israel; Maccabi are on eight points, two more than Sivasspor, and need at least a draw to stay second and qualify.

Antwerp and Tottenham have already qualified from Group J, the Belgians are actually leading by two points, but visit London this week, Tottenham’s golden chance to finish first. Third-placed LASK are three points behind Tottenham, but even in the… extreme scenario that they finish level on points, it’s the London side that has the advantage. LASK visit Ludogorets, who are still searching for their first point.

Dinamo Zagreb have secured qualification in Group K, actually they already know they will finish first, no matter what happens in the group this week. They host CSKA Moscow, who already know they cannot finish in the top two. The other group match is much-much more interesting, Wolfsberger host Feyenoord, leading by two points, needing just a “simple” draw to stay second and qualify. Be reminded, six weeks ago, the modest Austrian side beat Feyenoord in Rotterdam 1-4 (with three of their four goals coming from the penalty spot).

Last, things are super clear in Group L, leaders Hoffenheim will finish first no matter what happens this week, second-placed Crvena Zvezda will remain second and qualify, Slovan Liberec are and will remain third, and Gent will finish at the bottom of the table. Hoffenheim host Gent, and Crvena Zvezda travel to Czechia to face Slovan Liberec.

Arsenal may be struggling domestically, in the Premier League, but they are the only team out of all 48 participants in the Europa League group stage to be on 15 points after five Match Days, the only team not to have dropped a single point. Gent, Ludogorets and Dundalk are exactly the opposite, they are the three teams still without a single point.

When it comes to scoring, no team has done better than Bayer Leverkusen, who have netted no less than 17 times, in five games. Interestingly, it’s the two CSKAs who have done worse than anyone else offensively. CSKA Sofia are yet to score a single goal in their group, and next worse are CSKA Moscow, on two goals.

Last, defensively, no team has shined more than Dinamo Zagreb, who, believe it or not, have not conceded a single goal in their five matches. Incredibly, it’s Celtic who have the… unwanted “title” of “the team that has allowed more goals than any other in this group stage”, 17.

Links for tomorrow’s AFC Champions League quarterfinals please, Ulsan Hyundai vs Beijing Guoan, and Vissel Kobe vs Suwon Bluewings.