Europa League permutations: Are Arsenal, Chelsea, Celtic, and Rangers already qualified for knockout stages?

With a Champions League spot on offer for the competition winner, there is extra incentive to do well in the second-tier European tournament.

 

How can the British teams qualify for the knockout stages?

ARSENAL – Group E 

QUALIFIED AS GROUP WINNERS

Arsenal secure top spot in the Group E following their 3-0 victory over Vorskla.

Despite Sporting Lisbon sitting three points behind, the Gunners' better head-to-head record against the Portuguese side means they cannot be overtaken.

GAMES PLAYED:

Arsenal 4-2 Vorskla Potlava

Qarabag 0-3 Arsenal

Sporting Lisbon 0-1 Arsenal

Arsenal 0-0 Sporting Lisbon

Vorskla Potlava 0-3 Arsenal

GAMES LEFT:

Thursday, December 13: Arsenal vs Qarabag

CHELSEA – Group L

QUALIFIED AS GROUP WINNERS

Chelsea will go through to the knockout stages as group winners, even before their Matchday Five clash against PAOK.

MOL Vidi's defeat to BATE Borisov means they lead by six points with the two sides only having one game left.

GAMES PLAYED:

PAOK 0-1 Chelsea

Chelsea 1-0 MOL Vidi

Chelsea 3-1 BATE Borisov

BATE Borisov 0-1 Chelsea

GAMES LEFT:

Thursday, November 29: Chelsea vs PAOK

Thursday, December 13: MOL Vidi vs Chelsea

CELTIC – Group B

The Bhoys' win over Rosenborg means they head into their final match over already-qualified Red Bull Salzburg needing just a point to secure progression.

Should RB Leipzig fail to beat Rosenborg, Celtic will be through, no matter their result.

GAMES PLAYED:

Celtic 1-0 Rosenborg

Red Bull Salzburg 3-1 Celtic

RB Leipzig 2-0 Celtic

Celtic 2-1 RB Leipzig

Rosenborg 0-1 Celtic

GAMES LEFT:

Thursday, December 13: Celtic vs Red Bull Salzburg

RANGERS – Group G

Steven Gerrard's side suffered their first defeat in this season's Europa League against Spartak Moscow.

If Rangers get at least five points from their last two games, they will go through.

GAMES PLAYED:

Villarreal 2-2 Rangers

Rangers 3-1 Rapid Wien

Rangers 0-0 Spartak Moscow

Spartak Moscow 4-3 Rangers

GAMES LEFT: 

Thursday, November 29: Rangers vs Villarreal

Thursday, December 13: Rapid Wien vs Rangers


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