Europa League preview: Saints face tough test in Prague

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While the midweek slate of European action has already provided plenty of drama in the Champions League, it’s the UEFA Europa League’s turn to steal the show on Thursday.

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Manchester United and Southampton will both be in action as the two Premier League sides look to take a step closer to the knockout phase.

United will host Feyenoord in Group A action, as Jose Mourinho and the Red Devils search for a crucial victory. The Red Devils currently sit third in the group, trailing first-place Fenerbahce and Feyenoord.

Meanwhile, the Saints will travel to the Czech Republic on Thursday to take on Group K leaders Sparta Prague in a match that could reserve the two sides’ positions by the end of the day. Southampton enters the game in second place, just two points off the pace set by the Czechs.

Elsewhere, Celta Vigo and Standard Liege meet in a Group G matchup that could decide second place in the group. Both sides currently sit on five points, while group leaders Ajax have a comfortable five-point lead at the top.

Full schedule

11 a.m. ET

Gabala FC vs. Anderlecht
Fenerbahce vs. Zorya
Astana vs. Apoel Nicosia
Zenit vs. Maccabi Tel-Aviv

1 p.m. ET

Gent vs. Braga
Schalke vs. Nice
FC Zurich vs. Villareal
Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Konyaspor
FC Krasnodar vs. Red Bull Salzburg
Hapoel Be’er vs. Inter Milan
Steaua Bucuresti vs. Osmanlıspor
Sparta Prague vs. Southampton
Liberec vs. Qarabag FK
Ajax vs. Panathinaikos
Fiorentina vs. PAOK
Celta Vigo vs. Standard Liege

3:05 p.m. ET

Roma vs. Viktoria Plzen
ASSE vs. Mainz 05
Olympiacos vs. Young Boys
Austria Wien vs. Astra Giurgiu
Manchester United vs. Feyenoord
Athletic Bilbao vs. Sassuolo
Genk vs. Rapid Wien
Dundalk vs. AZ Alkmaar