11 December 2013 16:59

APOEL manager Giorgos Donis returns to Frankfurt, the city of his birth, knowing his club's Europa League fate is out of his hands.
The Nicosia side have to beat Eintracht Frankfurt - who have already qualified for the next stage of the competition - while also needing bottom side Bordeaux to do them a favour and beat Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel. That still may not be enough as goal difference will still be a factor as to who takes second place in the group behind Eintracht Frankfurt.
Even though the German side have already qualified it is unlikely coach Armin Veh will take this fixture lightly. Eintracht have won all three of their European home games this season, conceding just once in the process and were convincing winners in Nicosia where they won 3-0 in October. They are back in Europe for the first time since failing to make it through the 2006/07 UEFA Cup group stage.
APOEL midfielders Stathis Aloneftis and Constantinos Charalambides spent the 2007/08 season in Germany with FC Energie Cottbus and FC Carl Zeiss Jena respectively and will hope their experience of Bundesliga teams can help their side achieve what looks like an unlikely qualification.
Apollon go into their final Europa League Group J fixture with nothing but pride to play for as neither the Limassol side nor Legia Warsaw can qualify for the next round.
Christakis Christoforou's men are already assured of third place in the group regardless of the outcome of tonight's fixture at the GSP, though Legia will be eager to get a goal and at least a point on the board as they sign off.
Trabzonspor take on Lazio for top spot in the section in the other game in Group J.
In Group A, FC St Gallen have nothing left to lose as they take on Swansea City, who could yet be denied their first springtime UEFA club competition campaign.
St Gallen can finish no higher than third, but they could end Swansea's campaign if they win and FC Kuban Krasnodar prevail by the right margin at Valencia.
Victory is the only option for both NK Maribor and Wigan Athletic, who can only reach the round of 32 if SV Zulte Waregem lose the other Group D fixture.
The winner of this game will reach the round of 32 provided SV Zulte Waregem lose at home to section winners FC Rubin Kazan. A draw would see both sides eliminated.
Tottenham have no such worries as they target a sixth straight UEFA Europa League Group K victory when FC Anji Makachkala come to London.
Spurs are already sure of a home game in the second leg of their round of 32 as Group K winners. Anji will finish as runners-up.
PAOK and AZ Alkmaar meet tonight with their places in the next round already secured, but with the small matter of who wins Group L yet to be settled.
The sides are level on 11 points, and drew 1-1 in their first Group L meeting. Another 1-1 draw would leave them with identical head-to-head records and goal difference, meaning PAOK would top the section on goals scored.
 


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