Thursday, 7th December

Group A

Villarreal vs Maccabi Tel Aviv; 19:00

Villarreal will miss goalkeeper Fernandez, defenders Semedo, Costa, Ruiz and Gonzalez, midfielders Bruno, Hernandes, Cheryshev and Castillejo and forwards Bacca, Bakambu and Sansone.

Maccabi Tel Aviv is coming without young forward Dasa.

 

Slavia Prague vs Astana; 19:00

Slavia will miss midfielders Hromada and Švento and forward Mešanović. Defender Deli and midfielders Danny and Hušbauer are doubtfull.

Astana will miss only midfielder Kleinheisler.

 

Group B

Young Boys vs Skenderbeu; 19:00

Young Boys have midfielders Bertone and Seferi unavailable, while other midfielder Sanogo remain as a doubtful.

Skenderbeu is coming without midfielder Dita, forwards Sowe and Nešpor. Regular defender Radaš is doubtful.

 

Dynamo Kiev vs Partizan; 19:00

Dynamo have plenty of players questionable for today – defenders Vida, Burda midfielders Harmash, Gonzalez, Sydorchuk, forward Kravets and Mbokani.

Partizan is coming without midfielders Kosović, Janković and Ilić and forward Jovanović.

 

Group C

Basaksehir – Sporting Braga; 19:00

Turks will miss Chedjou, Korkmaz, Elia and Bobacan.

Braga is coming in Istanbul without reserve goalkeepers Pereira and Marafona, defenders Sequiera and Ferreira, midfielders Assis, Bakić, Fransegio, Mauro and forward Eduardo.

 

Hoffenheim – Ludogorets; 19:00

Hoffenheim will miss defender Akpoguma, midfielder Akpoguma and forward Szalai. Moreover Wagner, Hubner, Amiri, Zuber, Uth, Gnabry, Kramarić and Kaderbek could possibly stay out of the team today as Hoffenheim cannot reach 2nd place.

Ludogorets will miss goalkeeper Stoyanov.

 

Group D

Rijeka vs Milan; 19:00

Rijeka will be without Matei, Bradarić, Gorgon, Mišić, Heber, Davidson, Jelić and Gornelt.

Milan is coming without Conti, Suso, Calhanoglu, Donnaruma, Mauri, Rodriguez, Kessie, Borini, Kalinić and Bonaventura.

 

Austria Wien vs AEK; 19:00

Austria will miss defenders Westermann, Martschinko, Klein, Borković and Ruan, midfielders Grünwald and Demaku and goalkeeper Almer.

AEK is coming without defenders Ćošić and Lambropoulos, midfielders Mandalos and Traustason and forward Vlachomitros.

 

 

Group E

Atalanta vs Lyon; 19:00

Except midfielder De Roon who is doubtful, Atalanta have full squad available.

Lyon will miss defender Morel, midfielder Grenier and winger Traore.

Short preview: Fight for the first spot here. Atalanta is in pole position as they have better goal difference but quality is in my opinion on away side. Anyway we can expect a strong performance from both sides, as both teams are in solid forms lately and with knowing Lyon’s style of football, I expect several chances on the match. Lyon will probably press high, try to attack, exploit their chances, create as many chances as possible but as they are used to attack with whole team, Atalanta will as on first match have some very good chances from counters. First match ended with 1-1 draw, but both teams missed really good chances so I am suggestion an over 2,75 here with odds around 1,90.

 

Apollon Limassol vs Everton; 19:00

Apollon will miss top scorer forward Maglica.

Everton will miss defenders Baines, Coleman and Funes Mori, midfielders Barkley and Bolasie and goalkeeper Stekelenburg.

Info: We can expect lots of rotations in squad of Everton.

Group F

Kobenhavn vs Sheriff Tiraspol; 19:00

Kobenhavn will miss defenders Johansson and Antonsson and midfielders Greguš and Toutouh.

Sheriff is coming without any major absences.

 

Zlin vs Lokomotiv Moscow; 19:00

Zlin will miss forward Beauguel.

Lokomotiv will be without first goalkeeper Guilherme, defenders Rybus, Čorluka and Mykhalyk and forward Ari.

Short preview: Lokomotiva is playing very well lately and holding the first spot in Russian Premier league with 6 points advantage. In group they are holding second position with a point less than first placed Sheriff and two more than third placed Kobenhavn. Danish club will play against Sheriff at home so Lokomotiva can still take the first position in the group. There is obvious difference in the size of those two clubs and Russians should prove it on the pitch. Odds around 1,75.

 

Group G

Steaua vs Lugano; 21:05

Steaua will miss defender Planić, midfielders Teixeira and Benzar and forward Alibec.

Lugano will miss important defender Sulmoni, midfielders Budescu (susp), Črnigoj and Ledesma and important forward Gerndt.

 

H. Beer Sheva vs Viktoria Plzen; 21:05

Hapoel will miss defender Tzedek and forward Ghadir. Very possible is that top scorer forward Nwakaeme will be out as well.

Viktoria is coming without defender Hajek, midfielders Zeman and Živuluč and forward Rezniček.

Group H

Arsenal vs BATE; 21:05

Arsenal will miss defender Mustafi and midfielder Cazorla, but it’s highly possible that Alexis Sanchez, Özil, Lacazette and some other important players will stay out of the squad as well.

BATE have no major concerns.

 

Crvena Zvezda vs Köln

Home team will miss Ricardinho, and Radonjić.

Germans have several injury problems and they arrived in Belgrade with only 16 players which includes 3 players from youth academy!

Short preview: around 50.000 fans are expected on “Marakana” in Belgrade tonight where their team will face Köln in direct fight for 2nd spot in the group H. Köln arrived with 3 players from youth academy as they have more than 10 players out injured and they will have only 5 players on the bench. Köln surprised Arsenal in last round, but meanwhile they sacked former manager, so Ruthenbeck who was a head coach of A-Jugend team. Even if draw is enough to qualify for Zvezda, I believe that they will be extremely motivated in front of their fans and win the match. Odds above 2,00 looks rock solid! 

Group I

Vitoria Guimaraes vs Konyaspor; 21:05

Vitoria will miss midfielder Wakaso and forward Teixeira, while defenders Konan and Valente are quesitonable.

Konyapor is coming without defender Findikli, midfielders Jonsson, Manyama and Traore and for now it’s uncertain if defender Albayrak will participate or not.

 

Marseille vs Salzburg

Marseille will miss suspended full back Amavi while due to injuries they will be without defensive midfielder/defender Sertic, defender Kamara and winger and key player of the team Florian Thauvin.

Except doubtful regular midfielder Wolf, Austrians are coming to Marseille with full squad.

 

Group J

Zorya vs Athletic Bilbao; 21:05

Zorya will miss defenders Opanasenko, Pryyma and Pylyavsky and midfielder Kalitvintsev.

Athletic will mss defender Alvarez, midfielders Beñat and Iturraspe and winger Muniain.

 

Hertha BSC vs Östersunds

Hertha will miss regular defenders Plattenhardt and Langkamp, midfielders Darida and Stocker and forwards Selke and Schieber. We can also expect that manager Dardai will make several rotations in the squad.

Östersunds is coming without any major absences.

 

Group K

Zulte-Waregem vs Lazio; 21:05

Zulte will miss Olayinka, De Mets, Derijck, Bosut and Jansen.

Lazio is going in Belgium without reserve goalkeepers Strakosha and Marchetti, defenders Radu, De Vrij, Milinković, Jordao, and Maurico, midfielders Parolo, Leiva, Di Gennaro and Alberto and forward Immobile.

 

Vitesse vs Nice; 21:05

Vitesse have two defenders Kruiswijk and Maikel van der Werff injured.

Nice is coming without several important players. Favre decided to rest Mario Balotelli, Arnaud Souquet, Christophe Jallet, Adrien Tameze, Pierre Lees-Melou, Allan Saint-Maximin, Jean-Mickaël Seri and Maxime Le Marchand.

 

 

Group L

Vardar vs Rosenborg; 21:05

Vardar will miss Brdarovski, Popov and Maksimov.

Rosenborg is coming without Stamnestro, Vilhjalmsson, Konradsen, Helland and the captain, midfielder Jensen.

Short preview: For the away side that will be the last match of this year and some player might already be with heads on vacations as they cannot reach the second place in the group anymore. Same goes for Vardar but difference is that Vardar will play at home, and win today would mean that club from Skopje would get 360.000 € (120.000 € per point). We saw a good fight from Maribor against Sevilla (1-1) and I think that Rosenborg is little bit overestimated in this clash. I suggest Vardar +0,25 with odds around 2,05!

 

Real Sociedad vs Zenit; 21:05

Sociedad will miss midfielder Guridi and striker Agirretxe.

Zenit is coming without defenders Terentjev and Anyukov, midfielders Shatov and Faizulin and forward Dzyuba.

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