Sevilla seeks improvement in Europa

Sevilla boss Unai Emery wants improvement (Getty Images)

Sevilla coach Unai Emery is after improvement from his side when it visits Standard Liege on Friday (AEDT).

The defending UEFA Europa League champion beat Elche 2-0 on Sunday - a result that keeps it in second, three points behind La Liga leader Barcelona.

Carlos Bacca and Kevin Gameiro scored the goals for Sevilla but Emery wants more from his team - starting in the Group G clash in Belgium.

"We have learned to endure bad times, because they have played well," Emery was quoted as telling AS after the match.

"We've had two major counter-attacks but we didn't dominate the opponent … we struggled in the first half because we weren't together.

"If they had found a little more in the first half, we would have been in a bad position."

Seveilla tops the group after two matches ahead of Standard. The other pool match will see Feyenoord travel to Croatia to meet Rijeka.

Inter Milan can virtually book its spot in the next stage with a home win against Saint-Etienne.

Walter Mazzarri's side has stuttered in Serie A but Inter has thrived in Europe's second-tier competition, winning both of the group stage matches.

It has not conceded in the process - bad news for a Saint-Etienne side yet to score in the Europa League this season.

Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk hosts Qarabag in the other Group F match.

Napoli's progression is also likely, with Rafael Benitez's side having won the first two matches as well.

Napoli travels to Young Boys to face the third-placed side in Group I.

Napoli has scored five goals in two matches and will fancy adding to that tally, while Sparta Prague plays Slovan Bratislava in the other pool match.

Tottenham Hotspur's situation is more urgent and defeat at home to Asteras Tripolis could spell disaster for its chances of going through Group C.

Spurs have drawn both of their pool matches, while Asteras - which beat Partizan on match day one - tops the group.

Besiktas plays Partizan on Friday.

Tottenham's Premier League counterpart Everton tops Group H going into the tricky trip to Lille, while in the same pool, Krasnodar takes on Wolfsburg.

La Liga and the Bundesliga have representation in Group A, where leader Villarreal hosts Zurich and third-placed Borussia Monchengladbach is in need of a win against Apollon of Cyprus.

Celtic leads Group D and will fancy extending that advantage with a home tie against Astra, while PSV - which is third in Group E - needs to improve when it hosts a Panathinaikos side which is yet to win a point.

Goals could be on the cards when Fiorentina travels to PAOK in Group K, with both sides having netted six times in their two matches. In the same pool, Dinamo Minsk hosts Guingamp.

Metalist is at home to Legia Warsaw in Thursday's sole clash, while AaB battles Dynamo Kiev, Steaua Bucharest faces Rio Ave and Trabzonspor meets Lokeren.

There are home ties for Torino and Club Brugge, which host HJK and FC Copenhagen respectively, and Salzburg face Dinamo Zagreb and Estoril clashes with Dinamo Moscow.

Source Omnisport