The penultimate round of this season’s UEFA Europa League group stage matches take place on Thursday with a number of favourites looking to book their place in the knockout rounds with a game to spare.
A number of the heavy hitters are either in a good position or already qualified before this week’s action, whilst a number of big names are already on the verge of elimination. Former Champions League winners Ajax, Celtic and Marseille are all outside the top two positions after four games, as are last season’s runners-up Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, and Portuguese Primera Liga side Sporting CP.
Here’s a look at the three top Europa League tips for potential winners of this season’s competition:
Aside from their 3-1 thrashing at the hands of Hamburg on Friday night, Borussia Dortmund are looking like a solid team under Thomas Tuchel t6his season. Sitting comfortably in second position in the German Bundesliga and largely scoring for fun this season.
The 2013 Champions League finalists have already progressed from the group with 10 goals scored – only Napoli and Athletic Bilbao have more at this stage. A draw at FC Krasnador on Thursday would see them clinch the group.
Former Dortmund head coach Jurgen Klopp is now in charge at Liverpool and what an impressive start he has made at his new club. This weekend they were 4-1 winners at Manchester City to knock Manuel Pellegrini’s side off the top of the Premier League. A few weeks ago they were also impressive in beating the defending champions Chelsea, 3-1 at Stamford Bridge.
Liverpool are starting to look like Premier League title contenders under Klopp and if you think they can win a trophy this season you can back them risk-free using bet365’s 100% deposit offer available on BettingExpert. Whilst Klopp’s focus may be on the top four or even top one domestically this season, he’s been fielding a strong team in this competition too. Victory over Bordeaux on Thursday would see them make the second round, before facing Sion in Switzerland in December to then decide who wins the group.
The back-to-back winners of this competition look set to have a chance at defending their trophy again this season. Sevilla became the first Europa League winners to earn Champions League entry but the Spanish side are on course to finish third in the group having been unable to keep up with Juventus and Manchester City.
Despite a slow start domestically, they have beaten both Barcelona and Real Madrid to show their credentials and even without Carlos Bacca this season they look like they will be tough team to eliminate in the knockout rounds, assuming they finish third in their Champions League group first.