Europa League preview: Four British teams in action as group stages hot up

Partizan Belgrade v Manchester United: Group L - UEFA Europa League

The Europa League group stages continue on into round 4 tonight and there are four British teams in action.

Arsenal have already played their tie this week, drawing 1-1 with Vitoria Guimaraes last night in Portugal.

GiveMeBet takes a look at the four games that feature British teams in action this evening.

Lazio vs Celtic - 17:55

This is about an old fashioned a European tie as you can get. Two European powerhouses, Celtic are former European Cup winners, and Lazio are former UEFA Cup winners (the former format of the Europa League)

The game represents a huge chance for Celtic to claim their place in the knockout round of the Europa League. Neil Lennon's side are top of Group E with seven points from their first three matches and could qualify with a win, as long as Cluj avoid defeat at home to Rennes.

The Scottish champions came from behind to beat the Rome club 2-1 last time they played at Celtic Park, but have a number of injuries to contend with and are without Tom Rogic, Boli Bolingoli, Jozo Simunovic, Mikey Johnston and strikers Vakoun Bayo and Leigh Griffiths.

Celtic to win and both teams to score is 27/4 with GIVEMEBET

Rangers vs Porto - 20:00

It’s another heavyweight clash in the Europa League as Porto travel to Ibrox to take on Steven Gerrard’s Rangers side.

It’s pretty tight in Group G as Rangers and Porto find themselves both with four points, and Young Boys leading the group with six points. While the teams drew 1-1 in the meeting in Portugal two weeks ago, both will know they need a win here to have any chance of making the knockout stages of the Europa League. 

Gerrard’s team have won every single home Europa League game this season and come into this game having won their last three games against Motherwell and Ross County in the Scottish Premiership, and making the League Cup final after beating Hearts.

FC Porto v Rangers FC: Group G - UEFA Europa League

Porto also have a pretty poor record on Scottish soil having lost four of their six games on Scottish soil in all European competitions.

Rangers are pretty much at full strength for the game with the only absentee being winger Jordan Jones.

Jermaine Defoe to score first is 4/1 with GIVEMEBET

Wolves vs Slovan Bratislava - 20:00

Wolves have made a pretty decent start to their first European competition since 1981. Having lost their opening game to Braga 1-0, they have won their last two games against Besiktas (1-0) and the away game against tonight's opponents Slovan Bratislava 2-1.

This has left Wolves second in group K and a win tonight against Slovan will put them five points clear of their opponents with just two games to go. 

Although a win would take them into touching distance of qualification for the knockout stages, Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo says the team are fully focused on the upcoming game and not looking ahead to the knockout stages.

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"Competing well is more important. It was an important result in Bratislava, Slovan are a very good team, they caused us problems and we expect a tough game again.”

Defender Matt Doherty should be available despite coming off in the 1-1 draw with Arsenal, although Wolves will be missing Diogo Jota (suspension) and Morgan Gibbs White (back injury)

Wolves to win and under 3.5 goals is evens with GIVEMEBET

Manchester United vs Partizan Belgrade

Man Utd's recent run of good form (three away wins in a row) came to a screeching halt on Saturday when they lost 1-0 to Bournemouth, a result that leaves them 10th in the Premier League and a lot of work to do if they are going to make the top four.

So the Europa League probably represents their best chance of making the Champions League this season. 

Partizan Belgrade v Manchester United: Group L - UEFA Europa League

They are currently top of Group L and are unbeaten in the Europa League this season, and a win tonight will carry United through to the knockout stages of a competition they won in 2017.

The Europa League has given United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a chance to play a number of the club's young players, and Mason Greenwood, Brandon Williams and James Garner have all featured heavily in the campaign so far, and he is likely to hand all three starts at Old Trafford this evening.

United are still without a number of players and Victor Lindelof joined Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw, Eric Bailly, Axel Tuanzebe, Diogo Dalot and Nemanja Matic in the treatment room after aggravating a back injury on Saturday in the loss to Bournemouth.

Man United to win to nil is 21/20 with GIVEMEBET

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