English Premier League duo Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur head a list of nine clubs vying for the five remaining berths in the last 32 of the Europa League as the group stage reaches its climax.
Tottenham Hotspur's Jermain Defoe celebrates his second goal against West Ham on November 25. Tottenham's inconsistent form this term has taken a sharp upwards turn lately with three straight league wins propelling them back into the top four, and striker Defoe finding the back of the net with regularity in recent weeks.
Tottenham must simply avoid defeat at home to Group J foes Panathinaikos on Thursday to advance, while victory at Udinese would assure Liverpool's progression from Group A, although a draw would suffice should Young Boys fail to beat already-qualified Anzhi Makhachkala.
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