Tonight sees the last round of action in the group stages of the Europa League group stages this season, and there’s still a lot to play for, for a number of sides this evening.
Swansea City need to avoid defeat to guarantee their progress and Wigan Athletic need a win whilst Tottenham are already through.
St. Gallen v Swansea City
Swansea go into this final game three points above the only other team that can catch them, Kuban Krasnodar, and know that a draw or better will absolutely assure their involvement in the competition in the New Year.
They travel to Switzerland tonight to face a St. Gallen side who have already been ruled out of qualification to the latter stages.
A Wayne Routledge goal gave the Swans a 1-0 victory when the two sides last met at the Liberty Stadium in October but their preparations for this match have been hindered as they were delayed at Cardiff Airport due to thick fog yesterday.
In terms of team news, Michael Vorm and Angel Rangel are both in the squad after missing Monday’s 1-1 draw with Hull, whilst Wilfried Bony after missing the last three games with a hamstring problem. Leon Briton and Garry Monk both miss out with injuries.
This match is live on ITV4 from 6pm.
Maribor v Wigan Athletic
Wigan head into this match knowing anything less than a win will see them miss out on the last 32 after Christmas. They’re also relying on Rubin Kazan defeating Zulte Waregem who currently occupy the second qualification spot.
Uwe Rosler will take charge of The Latics for the first time tonight and he has chosen to rest striker Grant Holt for Sunday’s Lancashire derby against Bolton Wanderers.
He’s also without the suspended James McClean as well as injured quartet Ali Al Habsi, Shaun Maloney, Juan Carlos Garcia and Gary Caldwell.
This match is live from 6pm on BT Sport 1.
Tottenham v Anzhi Makhachkala
Spurs are looking to complete a clean sweep of victories over their Group K opponents tonight as they face second placed Anzhi Makhachkala.
Anzhi look like getting relegated from the Russian Premier Division but they will be joining Spurs in the last 32 after securing second place in the group.
Vlad Chiriches, Younes Kaboul, Jan Vertonghen and Emmanuel Adebayor are all absent but Jermaine Defoe is likely to start again tonight.
He is the joint to scorer in the Europa League this season with five goals so far. He’s my BET OF THE DAY to be the first goalscorer with Ladbrokes offering odds of 4/1.
This match is live on ITV4 from 8:05pm.
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