Europa League matchday five: what to get excited about!

The UEFA Europa League knockout stages are starting to take shape – find out what's on the matchday five agenda with

Chelsea are within sight of the round of 32
Chelsea are within sight of the round of 32 ©Getty Images

Seven sides have already qualified, but there is plenty more still to be decided as the UEFA Europa League group stage begins to draw to a close. Join us as 41 teams – seven have been eliminated – continue their quest to lift the heaviest of the UEFA club competition trophies on Thursday.

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Matchday five: 29 November

Spartak got the better of Rangers in a memorable encounter
Spartak got the better of Rangers in a memorable encounter
  • Maurizio Sarri has won all ten UEFA Europa League group stage matches he has overseen as a coach (six with Napoli, four with Chelsea); to confirm top spot in Group L, Chelsea need only avoid defeat at home to PAOK, who will be eliminated if they return a worse result than Vidi manage at BATE.
  • Unbeaten in Europe this term (W3 D1), Arsenal will top Group E with victory at Vorskla, who must win and hope Sporting do not to stay in contention.
  • Rangers tasted a first European defeat under Steven Gerrard at Spartak Moskva last time out; if they lose at home to Villarreal, who will qualify with a win, and Spartak beat Rapid Wien in Group G's early kick-off, the Ibrox side will be out.
  • Fenerbahçe host already-qualified Dinamo Zagreb and will qualify with a win; a point secures top spot for the Croatian champions.
  • Astana have never topped a group in UEFA competition – the Kazakh champions will do just that if they triumph at home against Dynamo Kyiv, who themselves will be through with a victory.
  • Beşiktaş reached the UEFA Champions League round of 16 last season, but will be eliminated if they lose at European debutants Sarpsborg.
  • Betis will reach the knockout stages for the first time since 2014 if they overcome Olympiacos in Seville.
Unbeaten Astana are eyeing Group K supremacy
Unbeaten Astana are eyeing Group K supremacy©AFP/Getty Images

Early kick-offs (18:55CET unless stated)
Group A: Leverkusen v Ludogorets, Zürich v AEK Larnaca
Group B: Rosenborg v Celtic, Salzburg v Leipzig
Group C: Bordeaux v Slavia Praha, Zenit v København
Group D: Fenerbahçe v Dinamo Zagreb, Anderlecht v Spartak Trnava
Group E: Vorskla v Arsenal, Qarabağ v Sporting
Group F: Betis v Olympiacos, Milan v Dudelange

Late kick-offs (21:00CET)
Group G: Rangers v Villarreal, Spartak Moskva v Rapid Wien (16:50CET)
Group H: Apollon v Lazio, Frankfurt v Marseille
Group I: Malmö v Genk, Sarpsborg v Beşiktaş
Group J: Standard Liège v Sevilla, Krasnodar v Akhisar (18:55CET)
Group K: Jablonec v Rennes, Astana v Dynamo Kyiv (16:50CET)
Group L: Chelsea v PAOK, BATE v Vidi (18:55CET)

Matchday six: 13 December

Round of 32 draw: 17 December

Final: Baku Olympic Stadium, 29 May 2018