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The Europa League group stage comes to a conclusion on Thursday night and there are still last-32 places up for grabs!

Napoli boss Gennaro Gattuso

The final round of Europa League group fixtures take place on Thursday and there are still some groups yet to be decided.

Napoli Can Pip Real Sociedad to the Post

While most Europa League sections are done and dusted heading into the final matchday, there is plenty to play for in Group F, in which Napoli, Real Sociedad and AZ Alkmaar are looking to book their place in the round of 32.

Alkmaar should fancy their chances against basement boys Rijeka and should they prevail they will be joined by the winner of Napoli v Real Sociedad. Napoli will also advance should the match finish level.

But the Italians demonstrated a razor-sharp counter-attacking threat in the reverse fixture against Sociedad, winning 1-0 despite seeing less of the ball and the likes of Lorenzo Insigne and Dries Mertens can see them to victory again.

The La Liga visitors are winless in their last four matches across all competitions and have been dealt a hammer blow in the injury department with creative influences David Silva and Mikel Oyarzabal both looking like missing this contest.

Napoli ripped apart Roma 4-0 in their last match at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona and are worth a bet at 20/21 to overpower the out-of-form Basque side.

Lille Can Impress in Glasgow

Lille registered a key win in the race for the Ligue 1 title at the weekend, beating Monaco 2-1, and they can reign supreme in Group H in the Europa League by beating Celtic on matchday six.

The French side held Milan and beat Sparta Prague in their last two contests to put them top of their section – a position they can secure by beating Neil Lennon’s men.

And Celtic have shown no signs of resistance in the Europa League this term, twice losing to Sparta Prague 4-1 and they have recently lost to Ross County and been held to a stalemate by St Johnstone domestically.

The Hoops have leaked 17 goals in only five group games and in Yusuf Yazici, Burak Yilmaz, Jonathan Bamba and Jonathan David, Lille have the attacking players to take advantage. They look a great selection to win this match at 5/4.

Hoffenheim Can Flex Goalscoring Muscle

Another side with a range of attacking options are Hoffenheim and they should have few issues dispatching Gent in their final group game.

Hoffenheim and Gent have had greatly contrasting Europa League campaigns with the Bundesliga outfit winning four and drawing one of their five assignments, while Gent have lost all five of their encounters, having been edged by minnows Slovan Liberec most recently.

Gent are also falling apart domestically, losing nine of their 15 Belgian Pro League fixtures and shipping 25 goals in the process, and a comprehensive win for Hoffenheim could be the way to go.

Ihlas Bebou has been in good form and shown that Hoffenheim have goals beyond main man Andrej Kramaric and, even if Bebou is rested for this one, Sebastian Hoeness has seen 11 different players find the net for him in all competitions this season.

They play on the front foot and are worth a bet at -1 goal on the handicap at 1/1.

*All odds correct at time of writing

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