"A science fiction story" and "a brutal final in Belgrade" are among the highlights on UEFA Europa League matchday six – UEFA.com picks out the potential highlights.
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Big ask for Ajax
Prior to matchday five, Frank de Boer conceded that Ajax needed to "adjust our expectations" – even after victory against Celtic a fortnight ago, their fate is still not in their hands. The Dutch side must beat Molde and hope Fenerbahçe suffer a home defeat by the Scottish champions. Fenerbahçe midfielder Mehmet Topal is up for the occasion, however. "The Celtic game is one of the most important of the season for us," he said. "There's a chance we could top the group if we beat them."
Fenerbahçe v Celtic, 19.00
Ajax v Molde, 19.00
Shop window for Rubin's Nabiullin
Kazan-born Elmir Nabiullin is already a source of great pride for Rubin, the 20-year-old left-back having attracted admiring glances from Zenit as well as top-flight clubs in England and Germany. He will have the perfect shop window to impress further still in his employers' must-win encounter with Bordeaux. "His mother is a school teacher so of course her son is well-bred," said former Rubin coach Rinat Bilyaletdinov, the first one to trust Nabiullin with a place in the starting XI. "He is not a tough guy."
Bordeaux v Rubin, 19.00
Club Brugge have suffered three defeats in five games – and picked up just four points – but, remarkably, know victory against Midtjylland in Herning will take them through as group runners-up. The Danish side are sure of progressing if they win, but would miss out to Legia Warszawa if they draw and the Polish outfit see off Napoli. "From the start of the campaign I said that it would turn into a contest between three teams, as Napoli are on a different level," said Club Brugge coach Michel Preud'homme. "We still have hope."
Midtjylland v Club Brugge, 19.00
Napoli v Legia, 19.00
Slovan on the up
Slovan Liberec coach Jindřich Trpišovský said: "After last season, when Slovan avoided relegation only towards the end of the campaign, a game against Marseille with a chance to qualify for the knockout stages feels like science fiction." Slovan have to win against Marseille to be assured of second spot, behind Braga.
Liberec v Marseille, 19.00CET
Sporting look to sneak through
Sporting's 4-2 triumph over Lokomotiv Moskva on matchday five threw this section wide open. Jorge Jesus's team now host Beşiktaş knowing victory will propel them into the top two. "We achieved what we needed to in Moscow – we had to win to keep fighting and we did," said Jesus. "Now we face a real final against Beşiktaş."
Sporting v Beşiktaş, 21.05CET
Slim chance for Qarabağ
Bottom of the pile with only one win to their name, Qarabağ nevertheless have a chance of going through. They have to beat Anderlecht, though, and keep their fingers crossed that Monaco do not defeat Tottenham Hotspur in north London. "We have a chance of qualifying, but, frankly, it is only a slim one," said Qarabağ coach Gurban Gurbanov. "It will be very difficult – we don't have enough experience at this level."
Anderlecht v Qarabağ, 21.05CET
Showdown in Belgrade
Up until the 83rd minute of their fixture against Athletic Club on matchday five – which they were leading 2-1 – Augsburg looked well placed to qualify. Two late goals for Aritz Aduriz, however, changed all that and left the Bundesliga side facing what midfielder Daniel Baier predicts will be a "brutal final in Belgrade". Partizan require only a point; Augsburg must win by two goals or more, apart from 2-0.
Partizan v Augsburg, 21.05CET