Europa League

Thursday, November 27, 2014

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Marko Marin and Khouma Babacar gave the Serie A side an early lead but Jose Maria Basanta's sending off allowed Claudio Beauvue the chance to score from the spot

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Wastefulness and the woodwork were to blame for an entertaining stalemate in Prague, with both sides not quite able to do enough to merit taking all three points in Group I

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Goals from Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas secured victory for the Toffees and saw Roberto Martinez's side progress to the Europa League knockout stages

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Two goals in the opening 13 minutes from the visiting Italians ensured that Claudio Beauvue's goal on the 45-minute mark was merely a consolation

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The Belgian striker finished on the counterattack in the first half before turning creator in the second, after Lille's earlier draw confirmed the Toffees' Europa League progress

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The Czech hosts kept the Italians from breaking the deadlock but, due to superior goal difference, the Partenopei are assured a spot in the next round

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The Rojiblancos currently sit top of Group G, but their hosts are just two points behind in second place, meaning it is all to play for in Rotterdam

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The Bundesliga outfit can go top of Group H if they avenge their 4-1 defeat at Goodison Park on matchday one

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Rafael Benitez's men can guarantee themselves top spot in Group A by winning in the Czech Republic but the hosts will be just as desperate for all three points

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Vincenzo Montella's men romped to a 3-0 win when the pair met in Florence on matchday one but they will be expecting a far tougher game in France

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With top spot still up for grabs in Group C in the Europa League, our tipster is backing Spurs’ European specialist to strike again for Mauricio Pochettino's side

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These sides played out an entertaining 2-2 draw in their last meeting but our tipster is backing the Scottish champions to claim a vital victory on home turf on Thursday evening

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COMMENT: After 20 years in the European wilderness, the Serie A club are back in continental competition and their fans are providing great support in home and away matches

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PROFILE: Every Europa League Thursday, Goal profiles a new starlet under the age of 21 who could be set for big things in the game. Here we look at the Feyenoord defender

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PROFILE: The Rijeka star, who has netted 21 goals in 15 Prva HNL games so far this season, is one of the most in-form and in-demand attackers in Europe

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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The Spanish coach was fuming after his side twice failed to hold onto leads during the league clash with Cagliari but he has now turned his attention to continental competition

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The Spurs boss feels that both his side and Everton are made to suffer by playing on both Thursday and Sunday and wants the Premier League to consider giving them extra rest

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The Nerazzurri coach says that that the Serbia defender will need time to settle in Serie A following his summer switch from Manchester United

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The Toffees ran out as convincing winners the last time that these two sides met but our tipster is backing the hosts to edge a high-scoring game in Germany

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Spurs sit top of Group C but will want to secure their qualification at White Hart Lane - where they are unbeaten in 17 European matches - before a tricky trip to Turkey