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Europa League permutations: Arsenal and Chelsea through as Rangers and Celtic battle to qualify
By Eurosport

08/11/2018 at 22:38Updated 08/11/2018 at 22:50

We're now in the business end of the Europa League group stage. Curious to know who needs what to progress? Look no further.

There's no third place consolation prize in the Europa League, the top two go through and the bottom two are out of European football for the season.

This year's Europa League throws up an interesting mix of groups where one or two sides are dominating, and other groups where all four sides can still qualify.

Let's get straight into all the permutations.


Remaining fixtures

  • Leverkusen v Ludogorets
  • Zurich v AEK Larnaca
  • Ludogorets v Zurich
  • AEK Larnaca v Leverkusen
Europa League Group A

This group is very simple. Leverkusen and Zurich are both through to the next round and their results in the last two matches will determine who finishes top.


Remaining fixtures

  • Rosenborg v Celtic
  • Salzburg v Leipzig
  • Celtic v Salzburg
  • Leipzig v Rosenborg
Europa League Group B

Technically RB Salzburg still have not qualified but they are practically there, needing just a point more. In reality it's a battle between RB Leipzig and Celtic to make it through to the next round.


Remaining fixtures

  • Bordeaux v Slavia Prague
  • Zenit v Kobenhavn
  • Slavia Prague v Zenit
  • Kobenhavn v Bordeaux
Europa League Group C

Quite incredibly Bordeaux can actually qualify from this group if they win both their remaining matches and Zenit do the business against the other two sides in the group. Things will look far clearer after the fifth round of matches.


Remaining fixtures

  • Fenerbahce v Dinamo Zagreb
  • Anderlecht v Spartak Trnava
  • Dinamo Zagreb v Anderlecht
  • Spartak Trnava v Fenerbahce
Europa League Group D

Dinamo Zagreb are through and a point against Fenerbahce will see them top the group. Fenerbahce know a win in that much would secure their own progression as defeat would leave the door open for either Anderlecht or Spartak Trnava.


Remaining fixtures

  • Vorskla v Arsenal
  • Qarabag v Sporting CP
  • Arsenal v Qarabag
  • Sporting CP v Vorskla
Europa League Group E

Arsenal are through to the next round and based on the standings you would expect Sporting to make it through as well. Vorskla and Qarabag aren't quite out of it just yet...

Group F

Remaining fixtures

  • Betis v Olympiacos
  • Milan v Dudelange
  • Olympiacos v Milan
  • Dudelange v Betis
Europa League Group F

Sadly there will be no more Dudelange as they cannot make it through to the next round. It's going to be a very exciting battle between the other three teams to see who makes it through.


Remaining fixtures

  • Spartak Moscow v Rapid Wien
  • Rangers v Villarreal
  • Rapid Wien v Rangers
  • Villarreal v Spartak Moscow
Europa League Group G

You remember those close groups we were talking about? This is one of them. There's just two points separating the four teams and any of them can qualify for the next round.


Remaining fixtures

  • Apollon v Lazio
  • Frankfurt v Marseille
  • Lazio v Frankfurt
  • Marseille v Apollon
Europa League Group H

Frankfurt and Lazio are both through to the knockout rounds and they are now competing to finish top and secure a seeding. It's been a terrible campaign for last year's finalists Marseille...


Remaining fixtures

  • Malmo v Genk
  • Sarpsborg v Besiktas
  • Genk v Sarpsborg
  • Besiktas v Malmo
Europa League Group I

Genk are in the best position but they are not guaranteed progression after Besiktas' late equaliser in Belgium on Thursday.


Remaining fixtures

  • Krasnodar v Akhisar
  • Standard Liege v Sevilla
  • Akhisar v Standard Liege
  • Sevilla v Krasnodar
Europa League Group J

Sevilla are scoring goals for fun in this year's competition and the final match of the group between the former winners and Krasnodar will be crucial. Standard Liege need to beat the Spaniards and then beat already out Akhisar to have any chance of progression.


Remaining fixtures

  • Astana v Dynamo Kyiv
  • Jablonec v Rennes
  • Dynamo Kyiv v Jabolenc
  • Rennes v Astana
Europa League Group K

Technically all four teams are still alive in this group but it would be surprising if Astana and Dynamo Kyiv did not progress to the next round. A draw between the pair in the next round of matches would put them both in strong positions.


Remaining fixtures

  • BATE Borisov v Vidi
  • Chelsea v PAOK
  • Vidi v Chelsea
Europa League Group L

Chelsea are through to the next round and a point will secure top spot for Maurizio Sarri's team. It is now a battle between the other three sides to see who joins them.