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Europa League Preview


Tonight’s fixtures see big names like Celtic, Liverpool, Spurs and Ajax all looking for wins in their Europa League campaign.

An early kick off at Celtic Park sees the Hoops take on Molde in a crucial Group A fixture. Ronny Delia’s men so far this season are yet to get a win in the group and last month’s 3-1 defeat to Molde in Norway left them bottom of the group, with only two points from three matches.

Europe this year has been a disaster with Celtic dropping crucial points in games they were in control of in the first half, winning until the last few minutes in Amsterdam and a two nil lead against Fenerbahce again reduced to a draw is something Delia will have to deal with if Celtic are to deliver anything in Europe.

Domestically Celtic’s form has been far more consistent, with Ronny Deila’s side winning their last four in the Scottish Premiership, helping them to stretch their lead at the top of the table to six points, but a win this evening is vital for the bhoys.

Also facing each other in Celtic’s group is Ajax and Fenerbahce. Ajax go into the game without a win in three Group A games so far and following their 1-0 defeat in Istanbul last month which left them in third place in the table.

The results from these two fixtures will give us a better look at just how the group looks set to go. Can Celtic get a win that will see them push further up the table or will it be another bad night for the champions of Scotland?

Next up is Liverpool who with new manger Jurgen Klopp will be expecting a win this evening as they face Rubin Kazan. The Reds have made a slow start in the competition this season, drawing all three of their games in Group B.

Liverpool will be aware of the threat posed by the Russian side as they drew 1-1 against 10 men in the reverse fixture in what was Klopp’s first game at Anfield.

Another English side in action tonight is Tottenham who will be aiming for revenge when Anderlecht make the trip to White Hart Lane for this Europa League Group J clash.

Spurs are on a high after their 3-1 win against Aston Villa on Monday and with the North London derby coming up on Sunday manager Mauricio Pochettino’s side will look to continue their winning form.