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UEFA Europa League Week 4 kicks off as Beşiktaş, Akhisar seek revenge

Game week 4 of the UEFA Europa League will kick off today, with 24 matches played across the continent.

Three Turkish teams are playing in this year’s competition. Turkish giant Fenerbahçe will face Belgium’s Anderlecht, Beşiktaş will play against Norway’s Malmö and Akhisar will face Spain’s Sevilla this week.

Earlier on Oct. 25, Fenerbahçe rescued a 2-2 draw at Anderlecht. Beşiktaş was thrashed by Genk 4-2 in Istanbul and will now be eyeing revenge today. Same goes for Akhisarspor as the Anatolian team took a heavy beating from Sevilla, in a 6-0 thrashing in Spain two weeks ago.

Meanwhile, Turkey’s only team in the Champions League, Galatasaray continued to disappoint its fans. Germany’s Schalke 04 defeated the Lions 2-0 Tuesday in the UEFA Champions League. The sides drew 0-0 in their first match in Istanbul on Oct. 24.

Galatasaray’s other rival in Group D, Porto beat Russia’s Lokomotiv Moscow 3-1.

Porto is top of the group with 10 points, followed by Schalke with eight, Galatasaray with four and Lokomotiv Moscow with no points.

Meanwhile, the Europa League group stage reaches a crucial stage today as 10 teams look to progress with two matches to spare and another 11 are battling to keep their hopes alive. Premier League sides Chelsea and Arsenal, two of six teams with perfect records, are among those hoping to advance, as are the Bundesliga trio Eintracht Frankfurt, Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig. Lazio, Zurich, Salzburg, Dinamo Zagreb and Real Betis could also progress to the last 32 if results go their way.

TODAY’S SCHEDULE

Early kick-offs (17:55 GMT)

Group G: Spartak Moskva vs. Rangers, Rapid Wien vs. Villarreal

Group H: Apollon vs. Eintracht Frankfurt, Lazio vs. Marseille

Group I: Malmö vs. Sarpsborg, Genk vs. Befliktafl

Group J: Krasnodar vs. Standard Liege, Akhisar vs. Sevilla

Group K: Astana vs. Jablonec (15:50GMT), Dynamo Kyiv vs. Rennes

Group L: BATE vs. Chelsea, Vidi vs. PAOK

Late kick-offs (20:00 GMT)

Group A: Leverkusen vs. Zurich, Ludogorets vs. AEK Larnaca

Group B: Rosenborg vs. Salzburg, Celtic vs. Leipzig

Group C: Bordeaux vs. Zenit, Slavia Praha vs. Kobenhavn

Group D: Fenerbahçe vs. Anderlecht (15:50GMT), Dinamo Zagreb vs. Spartak Trnava

Group E: Vorskla vs. Qarabag, Arsenal vs. Sporting CP

Group F: Real Betis vs. Milan, Olympiacos vs. Dudelange