After five matchdays, we have finally arrived at the final matchday day of the Europa League Group Stage. 

With Arsenal and Chelsea already through, the Glaswegians take centre stage as Celtic need just a point to join the English pair. Rangers meanwhile must ideally win otherwise things will get messy if they finish level on points with two other sides in Group G. 

Group B

Celtic vs Red Bull Salzburg

RB Leipzig vs Rosenborg

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Having taken just three points from their opening three games, Celtic have really turned things around to leave their fate in their own hands. 

Now all they need to do is avoid defeat at home to Red Bull Salzburg but that is tougher done than said, given that the Austrian side have scored five away goals in this group from five different goal scorers. 

The Hoops however have found some form in recent weeks across all competitions so a draw would be the perfect result here. 

RB Leipzig should see off Rosenborg given that the Norwegians have struggled on their travels whilst Leipzig scored twice in their two home group games so far. 

Predictions: 

Celtic 1-1 Red Bull Salzburg

RB Leipzig 2-0 Rosenborg

 

Result: 

Celtic 1-2 Red Bull Salzburg

RB Leipzig 1-1 Rosenborg

 

Group E (8:00pm)

Arsenal vs FK Qarabag

Sporting Lisbon vs Vorskla Poltava

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This group is definitely sorted with Arsenal set to qualify as group winners from Sporting Lisbon, leaving the Group E wooden spoon to sort out. 

Vorskla Poltava are currently ahead of FK Qarabag on goal difference, and realistically I can see the group finishing as it is because Arsenal and Sporting are just in a different league and will win their games. 

Predictions: 

Arsenal 3-0 FK Qarabag

Sporting Lisbon 3-1 Vorskla Poltava

 

Results: 

Arsenal 1-0 FK Qarabag

Sporting Lisbon 3-0 Vorskla Poltava

Group G (5:55pm)

Rapid Vienna vs Rangers

Villarreal vs Spartak Moscow

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This is impossible to predict with only two points currently separating the top two of Villareal and Rapid Vienna from fourth placed Spartak Moscow. 

Getting the all foreign game out of the way first, Villareal have been incredibly consistent and have kept clean sheets in their last three group games with latter two being goalless draws to put them top. 

Although Spartak will provide a stern defensive test, I can see Villarreal making that breakthrough here and getting a scruffy but comfortable win to top the group. 

Over in Vienna, its hard to predict because Rangers have experienced different away fortunes against Villarreal and Spartak. Rapid meanwhile have had slightly better luck at home with a win and draw. 

A draw will suit the home side but Rangers realistically just need to go for it because they are in a right pickle of a position, being a point from top two and bottom. 

For me, the Gers should get the win and qualification if can play with the same togetherness and intensity of earlier group matches.

In end, all four teams will be keeping an eye on each other’s matches because every goal will be decisive come final whistle. 

Predictions:

Rapid Vienna 1-2 Rangers

Villarreal 2-0 Spartak Moscow

 

Results: 

Rapid Vienna 1-0 Rangers

Villarreal 2-0 Spartak Moscow

 

Group L (5:55pm)

MOL Vidi vs Chelsea

PAOK Salonika vs BATE Borisov

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Chelsea are already through, which may hand MOL Vidi extra belief in winning this game, because they must match or better BATE Borisov’s result if want to potentially progress to the knockouts. 

In the first leg, the Hungarian side pushed Chelsea all the way before Alvaro Morata effort proved the difference. This time round, I can see home advantage really aiding Vidi in getting a draw here. 

As for BATE Borisov, they are lucky that PAOK Salonika haven’t won at home in this group, which makes their own qualification chances more positive. 

If remember back to the first leg between two teams in Belarus, PAOK ran out 4-1 winners which gives them some hope of getting a result and performing a last gasp snatch of second knockout spot. 

Sadly, I can’t see that kind of result here but if can get their act together, they should string a win but first goal between both sides and MOL Vidi could well be key to the results. 

Predictions:

MOL Vidi 1-1 Chelsea

PAOK Salonika 2-1 BATE Borisov

 

Results: 

MOL Vidi 2-2 Chelsea

PAOK Salonika 1-3 BATE Borisov

 

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