The Europa League returns tonight, featuring Maribor v Spurs, Newcastle v Bruges, Liverpool v Anzhi Makhachkala, Lyon v Athletic Bilbao, Inter v Belgrade & Panathinaikos v Lazio as fans can watch all the action with Bet365 and their live stream service.
With several British teams looking for crucial points to help them progress beyond the group stages of this unpredictable tournament it should be a very interesting night.
The first phase of the tournament is currently at the half-way stage, so this is a very important week for many teams. If anyone has had a slow start, this is where they need to put things right. Otherwise, they will find themselves crashing out.
Liverpool are a team that definitely need the win. They face a home tie against Anzhi Makhachkala, the team that currently tops group A. Following the defeat to Udinese last time out, Brendan Rodgers knows that three points and nothing less will do.
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The big spending Russians have made a good start to their campaign however, and with Samuel Eto’o, Yuri Zhirkov and ex Blackburn star Christopher Samba in their ranks they will be no pushovers.
Newcastle are then looking to take one step closer to qualification from Group D when they take on Club Bruges at St James’ Park. After four points from their opening two games, victory in this one could see them all but qualified.
They will be hoping for a memorable European night, that’s for sure, and Alan Pardew’s maen are fancied to win the tie convincingly.
Another British team involved in Thursday’s action is Tottenham. Andre Villas-Boas’ team – who have to draws to their name so far – will be searching for a valuable away win when they travel to Slovenia to take on NK Maribor.
With things very tight in Group J, it is likely Spurs will field a strong side as they really need to win this one. With Thursday’s opponents and Lazio above them at the moment, they need a professional away performance with clinical finishing to pick up their first win of the competition.
Away from the British teams, the stand-out fixtures of the evening include Borussia Monchengladbach at home to Marseille. The German side have had a slow start to life in the Europa League this year and victory over the current group leaders would do wonders for them.
You than have a fascinating battle between France and Spain as Lyon host Athletic Bilbao, while reigning Champions Athletico Madrid host Portuguese minnows Academica.
There will be plenty of attention on Newcastle, Tottenham and Liverpool though as the Premier League trio all aim for three points in their quest to progress from the group stages of the 2012/2013 Europa League.