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Europa League and Conference League state of play: Five still looking to progress

There are two rounds of group fixtures to go in both the Europa League and the Europa Conference League and there is still plenty for most of the British teams involved to play for.

Here we take a look at the state of play for the six teams from England and Scotland still involved in the competitions.

Europa League


To win Europa League14/1
To win group1/1
To qualify from group1/20

Brighton looked to be in trouble when they fell to a 3-2 defeat in their opening Europa League Group B game at home to AEK Athens.

However, they turned their first European campaign around when they secured a 2-2 draw at Marseille after being two goals down at the Stade Velodrome.

Two 2-0 victories over out-of-sorts Ajax have put them firmly in the picture and they are 1/1 to win their group.

The eight group runners-up in the competition will go into the play-offs against the eight teams who finished third in their Champions League groups, and Brighton are 1/20 to secure at least one of those berths.

It could be that the group will not be decided until the final day when Marseille visit the Amex Stadium on Thursday 14th December.


To win Europa League13/5
To win group1/20
To qualify from group1/500

Liverpool suffered a blow when they fell to a 3-2 defeat at Toulouse on Thursday, but they are at least already assured of a top-two finish in Group E.

The loss in France was a blow after they had beaten the same opponents 5-1 in their previous match at Anfield and, with a home game against LASK Linz and a trip to Union Saint-Gilloise - both of whom Jurgen Klopp’s side have already beaten - they are expected to have few problems.

The Reds, who are the Europa League outright favourites at 13/5, are just 1/20 to win the group with Toulouse, who are two points behind, 10/1 to take top spot.


To win Europa League50/1
To win group9/4
To qualify from group1/8

Rangers are in a strong position in Group C, mainly because of their two home victories over Real Betis and Sparta Prague, the latter of which came at Ibrox on Thursday.

Their only defeat in four matches came at Aris Limassol, but that was before Philippe Clement took over as manager and results have improved in all competitions under the Belgian’s guidance.

The Gers entertain the Cypriots next - Aris’ only points came in that win over Rangers - and then the Glasgow outfit will be looking to give themselves a chance of beating Betis in a potential winner-takes-all showdown on 14th December.

But Rangers are looking strong to progress as while they are 9/4 to overhaul the Spaniards, who have two more points, they are 1/8 to get through to the play-off stage.

West Ham

To win Europa League20/1
To win group1/6
To qualify from group1/50

West Ham tasted glory in the Europa Conference League last season and are well-placed for a top-two finish in Group A of the Europa League after Lucas Paqueta’s goal gave them a 1-0 win over Olympiakos on Thursday.

The worst-case scenario for David Moyes’ side is that they have already done enough to ensure they will be given a chance back in the Conference League if their final two games go badly wrong.

But they will have set their sights higher than that and they top the section by virtue of their 2-1 win at Bundesliga side Freiburg.

The East End outfit face the Germans on 14th December and are 1/6 to win the group. Freiburg are 4/1, while Olympiakos, who beat the Irons in Greece, are not completely out of it at 33/1.

Europa Conference League


Aberdeen are the only one of the six British teams involved in the Europa League or Europa Conference League who cannot progress to the next round.

The Dons battled well to earn a 2-2 draw at Conference League Group G leaders PAOK, but they will have nothing but pride to play for in their remaining two games, as Barry Robson’s team are seven points behind second-placed Eintracht Frankfurt.

Aston Villa

To win Europa Conference League4/1

Aston Villa’s Europa Conference League campaign got off to a poor start when they fell to a 3-2 defeat at Legia Warsaw and they were made to fight all the way by Bosnians Zrinjski before John McGinn scored an injury-time winner.

However, two victories over Dutch side AZ Alkmaar have put them in a strong position to reach the last-16 and they can still overhaul Legia, who are top by virtue of that win over the Birmingham outfit in September.

Unai Emery’s team are favourites at 4/1 to follow in West Ham’s footsteps and win the Conference League this season.


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