This Thursday is set to be a busy one for football fans up and down the country with the likes of Celtic, Liverpool and Spurs all taking centre stage as the Europa League group stages continues. Here at InTallaght we look at some of the games that look set to be thrilling encounters.
First up we have Celtic who look set to continue their decent start to the campaign as they face Turkish side Fenerbahce at Celtic Park. Celtic who were disappointed to not qualify for the Champions League again this year were presented with some decent fixtures in their Europa League group and to many people’s surprise including my own, managed to take a point from their first game in Amsterdam while taking on Ajax.
They were rather unfortunate not to take all three points, but they were reduced to 10 men and suffered a late equaliser seeing the game finish 2-2. Celtic manager Ronny Delia has been somewhat of a hit and miss this season with the fans so a decent result here could set Celtic up nicely.
I will be heading over to Celtic Park tomorrow morning to cover the game and will bring you a report of the nights events Friday afternoon.
Up next is Liverpool. Things have gone from bad to utterly disastrous for Brendan Rodgers’ men who drew 1-1 at Bordeaux in their Europa opener conceding a late goal. Tomorrow they will take on Swiss side FC Sion.
The Europa League looks like Liverpool’s best change of any silverware this season and I’m being unrealistic by even mentioning their chances of lifting Europe’s second best trophy.
Another option for some decent football will be to watch German side Borussia Dortmund who travel to PAOK Salonika in Greece looking to build on their opening group win that put them top of Group C. Although I expect Dortmund to approach the game professionally I do feel new coach Thomas Tuchel will be thinking further ahead as his side will take on rivals Bayern Munich in a top of the table clash.
Finally we have Spurs who you would expect to be in fine form after thrashing Manchester City 4-1 in the Premier League last weekend. They kicked off their group with a 3-1 win over Qarabag. Spurs will take on Monaco who only managed a draw with Anderlecht in their opening game. Monaco will be a difficult task for the London side as we all know they made it to the Champions League semi-finals last season and they will certainly cause problems for Mauricio Pochettino’s men.