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Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Desperate Steaua set to be frustrated

Celta Vigo will be going for goals in Athens
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Villarreal v Steaua Bucharest 

BT Sport ESPN, 4pm
There are plenty of complex permutations in Group L but the one certainty is that Steaua must score to have any chance of going through – and they haven’t bagged an away goal yet. That won’t be easy against Villarreal’s famed defence – the best in Spain – and punters can expect a tense, low-scorer. 

Under 2.5 goals
1pt 11-10 BetBright, Betfred, Paddy Power

Key stat
Steaua Bucharest have failed to score in their last three European away games  

FK Qarabag v Fiorentina

BT Sport 2, 4pm
Having failed to clinch qualification on matchday five, Qarabag face another test of their bottle tonight. Fiorentina, who can only miss out on the last 32 if they lose by five or more goals and PAOK beat Slovan Liberec, have taken a strong squad to Baku and can fend off the Azeri champions. 

1pt 12-5 general

Key stat
Fiorentina have scored 18 goals in their last seven away matches


Feyenoord v Fenerbahce

BT Showcase, 6pm
Group A signs off with Feyenoord needing to win handsomely and Fenerbahce needing to avoid defeat in what could be a belter of a game. The Dutch powers, who boast a formidable home record, have won both of their home ties in the group 1-0 and can complete the hat-trick tonight. 

1pt 5-4 Betway

Key stat
Feyenoord have won six of their last seven home ties in the Europa League 

Standard Liege v Ajax 

BT Sport ESPN, 8.05pm
Ajax have hardly put a foot wrong so far and Lowland rivalry will ensure they give it a go in Liege. With the pressure off, the Dutch raiders, whose unbeaten run stretches back to August, have a free run at a Standard side who need to win. Peter Bosz’s side look a big price. 

2pts 15-4 bet365, Betfair

Key stat
Ajax are unbeaten in their last 19 matches, winning 16 of them 

Panathinaikos v Celta Vigo 

BT Sport 3, 8.05pm
Celta Vigo, trailing second-placed Standard Liege on goal difference in Group G, are aiming to win well against already-eliminated Panathinaikos in Athens. This has been a group which has averaged 2.8 goals per game and Celta warmed up for tonight’s task by scoring three in a six-goal thriller at Betis on Sunday. 

Over 3.5 goals
1pt 12-5 BetBright, Betfred, Hills

Key stat
Panathinaikos have conceded two or more goals in each of their five group games  


Having failed to clinch qualification on matchday five, Qarabag face another test of their bottle tonight
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