There are top spots to play for on Europa League Matchday 6 and Betvictor Brand Ambassador Michael Owen previews the games for the British teams.
Arsenal to win & over 3.5 goals
Dundalk v Arsenal
Dundalk go into their final Europa League match having lost all 5 of their fixtures in the competition. They have conceded at least 3 goals in each of their last 4 matches, so I fear this could be a case of damage limitation.
Despite enduring a poor run domestically, Arsenal haven’t missed a beat in the Europa League. The Gunners have won all their fixtures so far which is no mean feat.
On paper, neither have much more than pride to play for. However, with Arsenal coming into this fresh from defeat in the North London Derby, I think they’ll want to banish those memories with a good performance in Ireland.
Rangers to win
Lech Poznan v Rangers
Rangers secured progress into the next round with a home win against Standard Liege on Matchday 5. The Gers are undefeated so far in the competition, and a win here will secure top spot in the group.
Lech Poznan lost all chance of qualification last week. Therefore, manager Dariusz Żuraw has confirmed he will make some changes to his starting XI.
Rangers won the corresponding fixture in Glasgow 1-0, and I think Steven Gerrard’s men will have more than enough to take the points home.
Leicester to win and both teams to score
Leicester City v AEK Athens
Last weeks defeat away to Zorya means that Leicester have to better Braga’s result on the night to qualify in top spot.
The Foxes ended a 4 game winless run with late success against Sheffield United on Sunday. Late wins like that always feel a bit more special, so there should’ve been a feel good factor around the squad this week.
Athens travel here with nothing to play for. Their Europa League campaign is over and, given that the Foxes would be favourites even if the Greek side were chasing qualification, I think a home win is likely to be on the cards.
Celtic v Lille
Celtic’s poor run of form took a brief hiatus for the first 25 mins last week away to AC Milan. The Bhoys’ took an early 2-0 lead, however, old habits crept back in and the hosts eventually won 4-2.
Lille have been a revelation this season. The French side have suffered only one defeat in all competitions, and if they match AC Milan’s result on the night, they’ll go through in top spot.
I think this could be tight. Even though they have been eliminated, Celtic are in massive need of a result, and I think there’s every chance of this ending all square.
Tottenham v Royal Antwerp
It’s a shootout for top spot in Group J. Table toppers, Royal Antwerp are the last side to have defeated Spurs.
Since then, the hosts have gone from strength-to-strength. A home win against North London rivals Arsenal at the weekend means that they sit top of the Premier League.
I think they’ll be motivated to do the same in Europe. Jose Mourinho knows how important it is to finish 1st and avoid the big guns in the next round.
The visitors arrive here with only 3 wins in their last 8, so I’m expecting the good vibes to continue for Tottenham in a convincing win.