The three French clubs involved in the Europa League approached the matches of the third day on Thursday with very different ambitions, Lyon seeking to ensure, Monaco to confirm its ambitions and Marseille playing its future.
OL, currently leading Group A with six points, travels to Prague to face Sparta, their runner-up (4 pts). Objective victory for the Lyonnais, who have great ambitions in the competition.
In a tough group B, Monaco went to PSV Eindhoven, a competitor for the qualification, with which they shared second place, behind the Spaniards of Real Sociedad.
For OM, who have not yet won a single match (2 draws), the future can quickly become blocked without a result in Rome on the ground of Lazio, the scarecrow of group E.
But the Marseillais landed in the Eternal City with confidence, after a clear success against Lorient (4-1) in the Championship, for the return of injuries from Dimitri Payet and Arkadiusz Milik.
Among the other matches to follow, Naples, leader of Serie A, receives the Poles from Legia Warsaw, surprise leader (6 pts) of group C who took advantage of the timid departure of the Neapolitans (1 pt) and Leicester (1 pt).
Betis Seville welcome the Germans from Leverkusen to try to break away at the top of Group G. The Greeks from Olympiakos, at the top of Group D, travel to their runner-up, Eintracht Frankfurt.
In the Europa Conference League, Rennes, 2nd in group G with four points like the leader Tottenham, travels to Slovenia at NS Mura, the last of the group with 0 points.
Schedule of matches for the 3rd day / 1st round of the Europa League played on Thursday 21 October
. Group A
(9:00 p.m.) Sparta Prague (CZE) – Lyon (FRA)
Glasgow Rangers (SCO) – Brondby (DEN)
. Group B
(9 p.m.) Sturm Graz (AUT) – Real Sociedad (ESP)
PSV Eindhoven (NED) – Monaco (FRA)
. Group C
(9 p.m.) Naples (ITA) – Legia Warsaw (POL)
. Group D
(6.45 p.m.) Fenerbahçe (TUR) – Antwerp Royal (BEL)
(9 p.m.) Eintracht Frankfurt (GER) – Olympiakos (GRE)
. Group E
(6:45 p.m.) Lazio Rome (ITA) – Marseille (FRA)
(9 p.m.) Lokomotiv Moscow (RUS) – Galatasaray (TUR)
. Group F
(6.45 p.m.) Ludogorets (BUL) – Sporting Braga (POR)
Midtjylland (DEN) – Red Star of Belgrade (SRB)
. Group G
(6:45 p.m.) Real Betis (ESP) – Bayer Leverkusen (GER)
. Group H
(6.45 p.m.) Rapid Vienna (AUT) – Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
(9 p.m.) West Ham (ENG) – Genk (BEL)