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Europa double bound to lead to TV trouble

SIX live Europa League matches, eh?

What's it all for? And can't the footballing gods just make the decision about what match to watch before us?

Weighing up which game to tune in to is an absolute minefield, because you know that no matter how hard you try there's going to be a thriller on the other channel, which you'll flick over to just as the game you were originally watching springs to life.

And that's before you even factor in what bets you've had.

I fancy Inter, who appear to be taking the Europa League seriously, to beat St-Etienne. I'm going to throw them in a double with Tottenham, who haven't been brilliant in Europe so far but appear to be improving under Mauricio Pochettino.

And Harry Kane will probably play against Asteras Tripolis, which is all of a sudden good news, something I'm still getting used to.

I can't wait to spend 90 minutes flitting between the two games and managing to turn over just someone has scored and ruined my bet.

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Match in Focus

20:05 TODAY BT1

Celtic v Astra Giurgiu

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Both teams have scored in just one of Celtic's last five matches
Expert verdict
Celtic found their form in front of goal with a 5-0 drubbing of Ross County and they should see off Romanian visitors Astra in the Europa League. Astra have lost six of their last nine games, including a 5-1 defeat at Dynamo Zagreb in this competition, and they may fold early at Celtic Park.