The climax of the Europa League group stage is upon us.
With one final hurdle standing between some clubs and a place in the knockout rounds, Matchday 6 promises to be full of drama.
Of the 48 sides that began the competition on Sept. 19, 18 have secured their passage to the round of 32 with one game to play.
That leaves six places up for grabs Thursday night, with the remaining eight being awarded to those clubs that drop down from the Champions League.
But qualification for the round of 32 alone won’t be enough to satisfy most clubs.
A top-place finish in the group stages hands teams a home second-leg in the round of 32, so they won’t be easing up before the finish line.
Here’s a look at a full slate of predictions, but read on for more analysis of Matchday 6.
|Europa League Matchday 6 Predictions|
|18:00 GMT/ 13:00 ET||Valencia vs. Kuban||2-1|
|18:00 GMT/ 13:00 ET||St Gallen vs. Swansea||ITV 4||1-1|
|18:00 GMT/ 13:00 ET||Dinamo Zagreb vs. Ludogorets||1-1|
|18:00 GMT/ 13:00 ET||PSV vs. Chornomorets Odesa||2-0|
|18:00 GMT/ 13:00 ET||Salzburg vs. Esbjerg||1-1|
|18:00 GMT/ 13:00 ET||Standard Liege vs. Elfsborg||2-1|
|18:00 GMT/ 13:00 ET||Zulte Waregem vs. Rubin||1-3|
|18:00 GMT/ 13:00 ET||Maribor vs. Wigan||1-1|
|18:00 GMT/ 13:00 ET||Fiorentina vs. Dnipro||3-1|
|18:00 GMT/ 13:00 ET||Pandurii vs. Pacos Ferreira||0-0|
|18:00 GMT/ 13:00 ET||Eintracht Frankfurt vs. APOEL||1-1|
|18:00 GMT/ 13:00 ET||Maccabi Tel-Aviv vs. Bordeaux||2-0|
|21:05 GMT/ 16:05 ET||Dynamo Kiev vs. Rapid Wien||2-0|
|21:05 GMT/ 16:05 ET||Thun vs. Genk||1-2|
|21:05 GMT/ 16:05 ET||Freiburg vs. Sevilla||1-3|
|21:05 GMT/ 16:05 ET||Estoril vs. Liberec||2-2|
|21:05 GMT/ 16:05 ET||Real Betis vs. Rijeka||1-0|
|21:05 GMT/ 16:05 ET||Guimaraes vs. Lyon||1-3|
|21:05 GMT/ 16:05 ET||Apollon vs. Legia||2-0|
|21:05 GMT/ 16:05 ET||Lazio vs. Trabzonspor||2-1|
|21:05 GMT/ 16:05 ET||Sheriff vs. Tromso||2-0|
|21:05 GMT/ 16:05 ET||Tottenham vs. Anzhi||ITV 4||3-1|
|21:05 GMT/ 16:05 ET||PAOK vs. AZ||2-1|
|21:05 GMT/ 16:05 ET||Maccabi Haifa vs. Shakhter||1-0|
|Schedule via uefa.com|
Live Stream Info: Viewers in the UK can also watch St Gallen vs. Swansea and Tottenham vs. Anzhi on the ITV website.
All to Play For
Seven of the 12 Europa League groups remain finely balanced ahead of the final round of matches.
Tottenham Hotspur have already secured top spot in their group, but fellow British clubs Swansea and Wigan Athletic still have work to do.
A draw away to St Gallen would see Swansea advance. The Welsh outfit currently sit second in Group A on eight points, while Kuban lie third on five. The Russian side face the more daunting trip to Spain to take on Valencia, and three points will be a big ask.
Wigan, meanwhile, will need to win and hope other results go their way. The Championship side have yet to score a goal away from home in their debut season in Europe, but they will need to find a way past NK Maribor if they're to advance.
Wigan currently sit two points behind Zulte Waregem, who host group leaders Rubin Kazan on Matchday 6.
Elsewhere, PSV and Dynamo Kiev will need to improve on recent showings if they’re to advance beyond the group stages.
PSV entertain Chornomorets Odesa in a winner-takes-all encounter, while Dynamo Kiev host Rapid Wien knowing that a draw will see them reach the round of 32. Anything less and the Ukrainian side will crash out.
For more information on group permutations check out the official UEFA Europa League website.
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