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A win or a 0-0 draw will put Southampton through. I will go SOUTHAMPTON (4/9 various) to beat Hapoel Beer Sheva at home to ensure qualification.

VILLARAEL (1/3 - W.Hill) to beat Steau Bucharest at home to qualify.

PAOK (2/5 - various) to beat Liberec at home to qualify (as long as Fiorentina win or draw). If Fiorentina lose it will be a 3 way tie and god knows what happens there!! 

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Rapid Wien v Athletic Bilbao


Rapid Wien: Traustason (13/2 m, doubtful), Novota (4/0 g), Schößwendter (15/3 d), Pavelic (14/1 d), S. Hofmann (2/0 m), Schwab (12/4 m, 2nd top scorer), Murg (14/3 m), Schobesberger (5/0 m), Entrup (2/0 f)


Athletic Bilbao: Raul Garcia (13/5 f, top scorer, suspended), Bóveda (8/0 d), San José (12/1 d), Iturraspe (7/0 m), De Marcos (9/0 m), Aketxe (0/0 m), Aduriz (12/5 f, top scorer)




Zorya Lugansk v Manchester United


Zorya Lugansk: Forster (12/3 d, 2nd top scorer, doubtful), Sobol (12/0 d, suspended), Gordienko (11/2 d), Kamenyuka (14/0 m, captain)


Manchester United: Shaw (7/0 d), Smalling (7/1 d), Wilson (0/0 f), Valencia (12/0 m), Darmian (5/0 d), Carrick (4/0 m)




AZ Alkmaar v Zenit


AZ Alkmaar: Vlaar (12/0 d, captain), Van Eijden (11/0 d), Van der Linden (0/0 d)


Zenit: Criscito (14/3 d, suspended), Smolnikov (9/0 d), Danny (0/0 m, captain), Ryazantsev (0/0 m), Faizulin (0/0 m), Shatov (10/1 m), Chernov (5/0 m), Kerzhakov (9/1 f)




Standard Liège v AFC Ajax


Standard Liège: Scholz (14/1 d, doubtful), Fai (9/0 d, suspended), Belfodil (12/5 f, 2nd top scorer, suspended), Dossevi (11/0 m)


AFC Ajax: Sánchez (14/3 d), Sinkgraven (13/1 m), Bazoer (5/0 m), Gudelj (6/2 m), Schöne (10/2 f), Traoré (13/4 f)




Sassuolo Calcio v Racing Genk


(Racing Genk coach Peter Maes will make some changes.)


Sassuolo Calcio: Letschert (2/0 d), Terranova (2/0 d), Biondini (11/0 m), Sensi (5/1 m), Duncan (5/0 m), Iemmello (7/1 f), Defrel (14/6 f, top scorer), Politano (13/2 f), Berardi (2/2 f)


Racing Genk: Pozuelo (16/3 m, 2nd top scorer, suspended), Bizot (17/0 first goalkeeper), Nastic (8/0 d), Sušić (11/0 m), Malinovskyi (0/0 m), Vanzeir (1/0 f), Tshimanga (0/0 f)




Villarreal CF v Steaua Bucuresti


Villarreal CF: Bruno (12/3 m, 2nd tops scorer, captain), N'Diaye (5/0 m)(both doubtful), Jokic (0/0 d), Cheryshev (8/0 m), Castillejo (14/1 m), Soldado (0/0 f)


Steaua Bucuresti: Golubović (9/0 f, doubtful), Muniru (10/0 m), Filip (0/0 d), Tănase (8/3 m, 2nd top scorer)




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Southampton take on Hapoel Be’er Sheva in their final Europa League Group Stage game knowing only a win will be enough to see them through to the next round.  


The group is finely poised and following the 0-0 draw between the two sides in Israel a win or a goalscoring draw will be enough for Hapoel to claim second place in the group. The Israelis come into the game flying  eight wins on the spin in the league, 10 points clear at the top of the league and with 35 goals in their last 12 games.  


They face a Southampton side who lost 3-0 to Crystal Palace at the weekend thanks to some poor goalkeeping, and whose form has been indifferent. However, their home form is good – one defeat in 11 games all season, and unbeaten at home in Europe this season. No Israeli side has beaten an English side in England in eight visits, and only one team – Maccabi Tel Aviv - have scored in the last five games. 


Southampton aren’t going to want an end-to-end open game; with just 11 goals in their last 14 fixtures they’ve not exactly been prolific. A clean sheet guarantees passage through to the next stage; a Hapoel goal means they must win – and as such I would expect Southampton to hope their resolute defence (6 conceded in 11 home games) to do the job. 


I think the Saints can largely hold out Hapoel, and as such am backing under 2.5 goals at 1.76. I’m not so sure on if they’ll beat able to beat the Israelis, and I’m going to have a speculative punt on the draw at 4.25.
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