The penultimate round of the UEFA Europa League group stage is here. Here is everything you need to know about Matchday 5, featuring Marseille vs. Ajax and Atalanta vs. Sporting CP.

Broadcast information for the UEFA Europa League in the USA

CBS Sports offers a multiplatform coverage of the 2023-24 UEFA Europa League season, with Paramount+ streaming all the games in this competition — as well as the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa Conference League — live for fans in the USA. Select matches will also be available on CBS Sports Network and CBS Sports Golazo Network, the free 24-hour football streaming network.

TelevisaUnivision also has broadcasting rights for European football, which means fans in the USA will get Spanish-language coverage of the UEFA Europa League through TUDN USAUnivisionUniMás, and ViX.

Top games to watch on Matchday 5 of the UEFA Europa League

AEK Athens vs. Brighton

This is one of the Europa League's early kick-offs as both teams are fighting for their lives. Brighton is in a better position. The Seagulls are currently second in the table with seven points and cannot be eliminated even if they were beaten. Victory, however, would secure progression to the next round for De Zerbi's men. 

AEK Athens, on the other hand, will be eliminated from this competition if they are beaten. Victory for the home side would see them move level with Brighton on points but leapfrog them in the standings thanks to their superior head-to-head record, thus setting up a juicy final round. Do not miss this clash.

Atalanta vs. Sporting CP

Atalanta hosts Sporting CP in the standout game of this round as the top two teams in Group D go head-to-head. The Italian side currently tops the table and is through to the next round with 10 points but is yet to win the group. A victory would earn them a bye to the round of 16, but achieving that will not be easy.

Sporting CP, on the other hand, is in second with seven points. The Portuguese giants have not secured progression as third-placed Sturm Graz is only three points behind. Beating the Serie A outfit is thus vital, but it should be noted that the Lions lost 2-1 at home when they last crossed paths with La Dea.

Marseille vs. Ajax

From one Group B fixture to another, Ajax visits Marseille knowing anything but a win will eliminate them from the 2023-24 UEFA Europa League. The Dutch giants have improved somewhat, winning three of their last six matches to climb out of the relegation zone in the Eredivisie. However, de Godenzonen are bottom of their group in Europe with only two points and can only survive if they pick up the three points on their trip to the Stade Vélodrome.

Marseille, on the other hand, is top of the table with eight points and will progress to the next round with a win. While form favors the host, Les Phocéens failed to beat Ajax the last time they met, drawing 3-3 in Amsterdam. Furthermore, Gattuso's men have failed to win their last two matches and will be eager to end this run when they welcome the Dutch giants.

Who's in and who's out?

Here are the list of players injured from the UEFA Europa League's top clubs:

Brighton: Julio Enciso, Solly March, Pervis Estupinan, Adam Webster, and Tariq Lamptey (injured)l Danny Welbeck, Kaoru Mitoma, Igor Julio, James Milner, and Ansu Fati (doubtful)

Marseille: Valentin Rongier (injured); Pape Gueye (suspended)

Ajax: Branco van den Boomen (injured); Brian Brobbey (unavailable); Sivert Mannsverk, Jay Gorter, and Amourricho van Axel Dongen (doubtful)

West Ham: Michail Antonio (injured); Jarrod Bowen (doubtful)

Roma: Marash Kumbulla, Tammy Abraham, and Chris Smalling (injured)

Liverpool: Thiago Alcantara, Andy Robertson, Stefan Bajcetic, and Alisson (injured); Diogo Jota (doubtful)

Leverkusen: Arthur, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Patrik Schick, and Florian Wirtz (injured)  

Atalanta: El Bilal Toura and Davide Zappacosta (injured)

Sporting CP: Ivan Fresneda (injured)

Full list of games for Matchday 5 of the UEFA Europa League