Matchday 5 of Europa League action kicks off this week with 16 spots in the round of 32 waiting to be filled.
Eight teams have already qualified for the knockout rounds with two games to spare, and the remaining eight positions will be filled with teams that finish third in their respective Champions League groups.
We’ve dusted off our crystal ball and predicted the outcome of all 24 matches this week, before taking a further look at the various scenarios that may arise during Matchday 5.
|Europa League Matchday 5 (Nov. 28) Predictions|
|3 p.m. GMT||Shakhter||vs.||PAOK||PAOK win, 2-1|
|5 p.m. GMT||Anzhi||vs.||Sheriff||Anzhi win, 3-0|
|5 p.m. GMT||Kuban||vs.||St Gallen||Draw, 1-1|
|5 p.m. GMT||Rubin||vs.||Maribor||Rubin win, 3-0|
|6 p.m. GMT||Genk||vs.||Dinamo Kiev||Genk win, 1-0|
|6 p.m. GMT||Rapid Wien||vs.||Thun||Draw, 2-2|
|6 p.m. GMT||Liberec||vs.||Freiburg||Draw, 1-1|
|6 p.m. GMT||Sevilla||vs.||Estoril||Sevilla win, 3-1|
|6 p.m. GMT||Lyon||vs.||Betis||Lyon win, 2-1|
|6 p.m. GMT||Rijeka||vs.||Guimaraes||Draw, 0-0|
|6 p.m. GMT||Trabzonspor||vs.||Apollon||Trabzonspor win, 2-1|
|6 p.m. GMT||Legia||vs.||Lazio||Lazio win, 2-0|
|6 p.m. GMT||Tromso||vs.||Tottenham||Spurs win, 2-1||ITV 4|
|6 p.m. GMT||AZ||vs.||Maccabi Haifa||AZ win, 2-0|
|8:05 p.m. GMT||Swansea||vs.||Valencia||Valencia win, 2-1||ITV 4|
|8:05 p.m. GMT||Dnipro||vs.||Pandurii||Dnipro win, 2-0|
|8:05 p.m. GMT||Bordeaux||vs.||Eintracht Frankfurt||Frankfurt win, 1-0|
|8:05 p.m. GMT||APOEL||vs.||Maccabi Tel-Aviv||Draw, 1-1|
|8:05 p.m. GMT||Pacos Ferreira||vs.||Fiorentina||Fiorentina win, 3-1|
|8:05 p.m. GMT||Chornomorets Odesa||vs.||Dinamo Zagreb||Draw, 0-0|
|8:05 p.m. GMT||Ludogorets||vs.||PSV||PSV win, 2-1|
|8:05 p.m. GMT||Elfsborg||vs.||Salzburg||Salzburg win, 1-0|
|8:05 p.m. GMT||Esbjerg||vs.||Standard Liege||Draw, 2-2|
|8:05 p.m. GMT||Wigan||vs.||Zulte Waregem||Wigan win, 1-0|
|Schedule via uefa.com|
Live Stream Info: Viewers in the UK can also watch Swansea vs. Valencia and Tromso vs. Tottenham on the ITV website.
You may need a calculator and possibly a math degree to break down the various permutations in the 12 Europa League groups, but here’s a look at what we know thus far.
Tottenham Hotspur, Fiorentina and Salzburg have all booked their place in the next round with 100 percent records. They have each won their opening four games, and they will be eager to continue their winning ways in their final two games as they look to secure top spot in their pools.
Valencia, Rubin Kazan, Dnipro, Ludogorets Razgrad and Esbjerg will also be represented in the round of 32 having come through their groups also.
For Ludogorets and Esbjerg, this marks the first time they will remain in the European competition beyond the new year, after coming through Group B and C—per UEFA.
Swansea and Wigan, who are both playing in European competition for the first time, will be looking to join fellow British side Spurs in the next round.
Michael Laudrup’s team are involved in arguably the tie of Matchday 5, as they welcome Valencia to the Liberty Stadium. The Spanish outfit have already booked their place in the knockout rounds, but a win for Swansea would see them leapfrog Valencia into top place in Group A.
Swansea announced themselves on the continent when they beat Valencia 3-0 at Estadi de Mestalla in Matchday 1, and to achieve the double against them would be a great achievement for the competition debutants.
Wigan have also put themselves in a solid position with five points from their opening four games. A win for the Championship side over Zulte Waregem would see them progress to the round of 32, as long as group leaders Rubin Kazan take something from the game against NK Maribor.
Lyon and Real Betis, who face off this week, remain locked in a battle in Group I, but other teams such as PSV, Trabzonspor, Lazio, Sevilla, Liberec, Dynamo Kiev, Genk, AZ, Eintracht Frankfurt, Maccabi Haifa and Anzhi are all well placed to advance beyond the groups.