UEFA Europa League 2013: The second half of the group stages begins

Gabriele Maltinti

The Europa League resumes with an important round of games on Thursday, as the second half of the group stages begins.

We're heading into the latter half of the Europa League group stages, and -- if we don't already -- we should have a clear idea of who's heading into the knockout phase by the time Thursday's out. With only a couple of games left to play after this, teams will be looking to kickstart a final push up their respective groups. If you squint really hard, it even looks a bit like the Champions League.

Swansea and Valencia should consolidate their first and second places in Group A, while Wigan Athletic -- currently hanging onto second place in Group D by a couple of points -- have a tough test against unbeaten table-toppers Rubin Kazan. Elsewhere, Fiorentina, Eintracht Frankfurt, Tottenham Hotspur and Ludogorets Razgrad will be looking to defend their 100% win records, and Lazio can move up into first place in Group J if results go their way. Fun!

All times listed are ET.

Group A

Kuban Krasnodar vs. Swansea City - 12 p.m.

St. Gallen vs. Valencia - 1 p.m.

Group B

Ludogorets Razgrad vs. Chornomorets - 1 p.m.

PSV Eindhoven vs. Dinamo Zagreb - 1 p.m.

Group C

Esbjerg vs. Elfsborg - 1 p.m.

Standard Liège vs. SV Salzburg - 1 p.m.

Group D

FK Rubin Kazan vs. Wigan Athletic - 12 p.m.

NK Maribor vs. Zulte Waregem - 1 p.m.

Group E

Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk vs. Paços Ferreira - 1 p.m.

Pandurii Targu-Jiu vs. Fiorentina - 1 p.m.

Group F

Apoel Nicosia vs. Bordeaux - 1 p.m.

Maccabi Tel-Aviv vs. Eintracht Frankfurt - 1 p.m.

Group G

Rapid Vienna vs. Racing Genk - 3:05 p.m.

FC Thun vs. Dynamo Kiev - 3:05 p.m.

Group H

Sevilla FC vs. Liberec - 3:05 p.m.

Estoril vs. SC Freiburg - 3:05 p.m.

Group I

Rijeka vs. Lyon - 3:05 p.m.

Guimarães vs. Real Betis - 3:05 p.m.

Group J

Legia Warsaw vs. Trabzonspor - 3:05 p.m.

Lazio vs. Apollon Limassol - 3:05 p.m.

Group K

Tromsø vs. Anzhi Makhachkala - 3:05 p.m.

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Sheriff Tiraspol - 3:05 p.m.

Group L

AZ Alkmaar vs. Shakhter Karagandy - 3:05 p.m.

Maccabi Haifa vs. PAOK Salonika - 3:05 p.m.

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