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Europa League Matchday 4 preview: Group A-F

Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United played at Stamford Bridge, London on 23rd October 2016 / Football - Premier League 2016/17 Chelsea v Manchester United Stamford Bridge, Fulham Rd, London, United Kingdom 23 October 2016 (Photo by BPI/Imago/Icon Sportswire)
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The fourth round of Europa League group stage matches takes place on Thursday with all 48 teams in action. We start our preview for Matchday 4 by looking at Groups A-F.

Group A:  Feyenoord 6p (Netherlands), Manchester United 6p (England), Fenerbahce 4p (Turkey), Zorya Luhansk 1p (Ukraine).

Manchester United will look for another win against Fenerbahce on Thursday as they travel down to Istanbul. The meeting at Old Trafford on Matchday 3 ended in a 4-1 win for the Red Devils, who are tied with Feyenoord at the top of Group A. United are coming off a disappointing 0-0 draw against Burnley, while Fenerbahce grabbed a 5-0 win at home over Karabukspor.

Feyenoord got a 1-0 win against Zorya Luhansk in their first meeting as Nicolai Jorgensen scored the lone goal of the game. The Dutch will now travel to the Ukraine and the Avanhard Stadium. Luhansk is coming off a 2-1 win over Zirka Kirovohrad, whereas Feyenoord had to settle for a 2-2 draw against Heerenveen on Sunday.

Group B: APOEL 6p (Cyprus), Olympiacos 6p (Greece), Young Boys 4p (Switzerland), Astana 1p (Kazakhstan).

APOEL remains at the top of Group B despite suffering a 3-1 loss to Young Boys last matchday. The Cyprians will hope to get a better result on Thursday when they host the Swiss at the GSP Stadium. APOEL is coming off a 1-1 draw against AEK Larnaca which means they still trail Larnaca by two points at the top of the standings in the Cypriot 1st Division, whereas Young Boys took a 5-0 win over Vaduz.

Olympiacos has the chance to overtake APOEL if they are able to get another win over Astana and APOEL drops points again against Young Boys. The Greeks took a 4-1 win at home in the first meeting against Astana, and they will be looking for another win at the Astana Arena on Thursday.

Group C: Mainz 5p (Germany), Saint-Etienne 5p (France), Anderlecht 5p (Belgium), Gabala 0p (Azerbaijan).

Anderlecht got a 1-1 draw on the road against Mainz, as they share the top of standings along with Saint-Etienne. The Belgians came back to rescue a point after a goal by Lukasz Teodorczyk in the second half after falling behind in the first half after Yunus Malli had given the Germans the lead from the penalty spot. They will now meet again, and Anderlecht will be looking to get the win at home. The team is coming off a 2-1 loss to Waasland-Beveren in the league, while Mainz grabbed a 2-0 win over Ingolstadt.

Saint-Etienne grabbed their first win in the group stage by beating Gabala 1-0 at home after an own goal by Gabala midfielder Ricardinho. They will hope to get a positive result to bring back to France as they travel to Azerbaijan for the second meeting.

Group D: Zenit Saint Petersburg 9p (Russia), Dundalk 4p (Ireland), Maccabi Tel Aviv 3p (Israel), AZ Alkmaar 1p (Netherlands).

Zenit Saint Petersburg stayed perfect in the group stage with a 2-1 win on the road over Dundalk on Matchday 3. They will now host the Irish at the Petrovsky Stadium and could secure a spot in the knockout stages with a win. The Russians took a 1-0 win over Tom Tomsk in league play over the weekend. Dundalk won their third straight Irish championship and rounded off the season by beating Galway United 4-1.

Maccabi Tel Aviv Picked up their first win of the tournament by beating AZ Alkmaar 2-1 in their first meeting. The Israelis are coming off a 2-0 loss to Hapoel Be’er Sheva in the league, while Alkmaar grabbed a 1-0 win over Den Haag.

Group E: AS Roma 5p (Italy), Austria Wien 5p (Austria),  Astra Giurgiu 3p (Romania), Viktoria Plzen 2p (Czech Republic).

Austria Wien and Roma are locked at the top of the standings. Their first meeting ended in a thrilling 3-3 at the Olympic Stadium in Rome. They will now go up against each other again at the Generali Arena. Wien is coming off a 2-0 win over Sturm Graz, while Roma were held to a scoreless draw against Empoli.

Astra Giurgiu grabbed their first points in the group stage last matchday by beating Viktoria Plzen 2-1. The Romanians are coming off a 2-2 draw against Dinamo Bucharest. Viktoria Plzen sits at the top of the Czech league, and they picked up a 1-0 win over Dukla over the weekend.

Group F: KRC Genk 6p (Belgium), Rapid Wien 4p (Austria), Sassuolo 4p (Italy),  Athletic Bilbao 3p (Spain).

Genk managed to grab a 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao to move top of the group, as Rapid Wien and Sassuolo played a 1-1 draw. Genk is coming off a 2-1 win over Westerloo, while Bilbao got a 1-1 draw against Osasuna. Sassuolo suffered a 2-1 defeat to Lazio over the weekend, while Rapid Wien picked up a 2-1 win over Admira in the Austrian Bundesliga

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