Games of note at 5.55 (GMT)
Group B: Molde v Arsenal
David Luiz is back for Arsenal, who will advance to the knockout rounds with a win, after missing their most recent game at Leeds due to the birth of his daughter – congratulations to all the Luiz family, especially the newest member, who I’d say is a very lucky young lady. Sent off against Leeds, Nicolas Pepe is available for selection but may be in Mikel Arteta’s bad books. Bukayo Saka and Willian have not not made the trip to Norway as they are nursing injuries. Thomas Partey is also injured, while Mohamed Elneny and Sead Kolasinac are unavailable following positive Covid-19 tests.
Group G: SC Braga v Leicester City
A win at Braga will ensure Leicetser’s progress into the knockout rounds but Brendan Rodgers is still without Timothy Castagne, Caglar Soyuncu, Wilfred Ndidi and long-term absentee Ricardo.
Group H: Sparta Prague v Celtic
Seripously under pressure as Celtic trail Rangers in the SPL, Neil Lennon is in dire need of a win tonight with his Celtic side having secured just one point from their opening three games in this season’s Europa League. Defeat tonight will leave their hopes of qualifications in tatters. Leigh Griffiths is out with a knee injury, but defenders Christopher Jullien and Hatem Elhamed are available for selection. In better news for Lennon, Sparta Prague could be without up to five key players.
The Guardian Football Weekly podcast
Diego Maradona lifted the Europa League trophy once in his career and the club he captained to victory in what was then known as the Uefa Cup play tonight on what is bound to be a poignant but unattended game at the San Apolo Stadium (soon to be renamed the Stadio Diego Maradona.
Today’s Guardian Football Weekly podcast was entirely devoted to the life and times of Maradona, with Jonathan Wilson,Philippe Auclair and special guests Marcela Maura y Araurjo, who translated his autobiography into English, and Asif Capadia, who directed the box office hit Diego Maradona, joining myself and Max Rushden.
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Europa League group stages
Greetings and welcome to our coverage of today’s Europa League group games. There’s no shortage of them to keep tabs on but we’ll be keeping a particularly beady eye on games involving teams from the UK and Ireland with Arsenal, Dundalk, Rangers, Leicester City, Celtic, and Tottenham Hotspur all on duty tonight.
Games kick-off at 5.55pm (GMT) and 8pm (GMT) and we’ll be here with build-up, talking points, updates, news of the goals as they go in and post-match reaction until the last of the floodlights have been switched off and the grounds they illuminate plunged into darkness.