More clubs set to qualify in tonight’s Europa League action

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Updated: November 22, 2012

English clubs hope to perform better than their counterparts have done in the Champions League, when Liverpool, Newcastle and Tottenham look to secure qualification to the next stage of the Europa League tonight.

Liverpool have a home game against Young Boys, a win for Brendan Rogers’ team will see the Reds through.

Tottenham face a sterner test of their pedigree as they travel to the Olympic stadium in Rome and a tie against unbeaten Lazio. A win in the Italian capital and failure for Slovenian club Maribor to beat Panathinaikos in Athens will also put under-pressure manager Andre Villa-Boas and his North London side into the next round.

Newcastle are at home were they have lost their last 2 consecutive Premier League games. Maritimo are the visitors. A win for the Toon will also see them through.

High-flying Bordeaux, whose closest attempt to a continental trophy was when they lost the 1996 Uefa Cup final against a Bayern Munich side coached by Franz Beckenbauer, will also advance from the group with victory at Belgium’s Club Brugge.

Defending champions Atletico Madrid who saw their record 16-game winning streak snapped at Portuguese club Academica de Coimbra on matchday four will continue their quest for a repeat triumph at home to Hapoel Tel Aviv.

Academica are five points behind the European Supercup winners as well as Viktoria Plzen and must beat the Czech side at home to have any chance of keeping alive their hopes going into the final round of matches.

Fernerbache are five points clear of Marseille and Borussia Monchengladbach but defeat at the Velodrome and a win for the German giants at home to AEL Limassol of Cyprus will make for a nervous final day when the Istanbul-based club host the former Bundesliga champions.

Bordeaux coach Francis Gillot will be able to field English midfielder Joey Barton who continues to serve his 12-match domestic ban and the on loan QPR signing scored his first goal directly from a corner during the 2-2 against Monchengladbach last time out.

Steaua Bucharest who became the first and only Eastern European team to win the European Cup when they triumphed over Barcelona on penalties in 1986 are in control of Group E with ten points and can advance even if they lose at home to Stuttgart who are five points back.

If FC Copenhagen – who are on four points, fail to win in Sweden at Molde FK, the Romanian giants will still qualify in case of defeat.

Lyon, Inter Milan, Rubin Kazan, Bayer Leverkusen, Metalist Kharkiv and Hannover have already qualified.