Simply 62 days after Sevilla beat Inter in an exhilarating remaining in Cologne, the Europa League returns to BT Sport and this season there are 5 British representatives within the group stage.
Arsenal, Tottenham, Leicester, Celtic and Rangers are all competing to overcome Europe in what guarantees to be one other thrilling season within the competitors.
Learn on, or bounce to the sport of your selection, for previews of the matches involving British groups or dwell stream hyperlinks to each different sport on Matchday 1.
BT Sport – the undisputed residence of European soccer – will as soon as once more be with you each step of the way in which within the 2020/21 season, with unique dwell protection of each single sport from the Europa League and Champions League.
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Competitors favourites Arsenal start their quest for a maiden Europa League crown towards Speedy Wien on the banks of the Danube River within the Austrian east.
Mikel Arteta’s facet haven’t been at their flowing finest within the early phases of the season, however they resemble a much more coherent unit below the enigmatic Spaniard. They’ve received three and misplaced two within the Premier League to date, with the one blemishes coming towards Liverpool and Manchester City.
They’re in significantly better form to compete in Europe this time round, after a stunning defeat by the hands of Olympiakos dumped them out of the competitors on the Spherical of 32 stage in February.
Ten months on, Arteta has crafted a squad in his picture and his facet ought to have an excessive amount of for Speedy who’ve made a wonderful begin to the home season with three wins and a draw of their opening 4 video games.
The hosts might be assured of springing a shock, although. They’ve misplaced simply as soon as of their final 9 residence matches within the Europa League, with the one defeat coming by the hands of final 12 months’s crushed finalists Inter Milan.
There might be no Mesut Ozil or Sokratis for Arsenal after each have been not noted the Europa League squad, however the supervisor may hand a begin to £45m new signing Thomas Partey who received the 2017/18 competitors with former membership Atletico Madrid.
It is going to be one other alternative to impress for the Gunners’ crop of younger stars together with Eddie Nketiah, Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock who may all begin within the Austrian capital.
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It has been a treacherous journey to the group stage for Rangers, who overcame Lincoln Crimson Imps, Willem II and Galatasaray within the qualifying rounds.
Steven Gerrard’s facet face one other stern check towards Belgian giants Commonplace Liege on Matchday 1, however the guests might be brimming with confidence after a surprisingly routine 2-0 win over fierce rivals Celtic within the Outdated Agency Derby on Saturday.
There’s an actual sense round Ibrox that this might lastly be the 12 months that Rangers break Celtic’s stranglehold on the Scottish title, however Gerrard might be determined to not take his eye off the ball in Europe after a powerful 2019/20 marketing campaign finally resulted in defeat to Bayer Leverkusen within the Spherical of 16 stage.
Rangers might be on the lookout for the likes of Alfredo Morelos and Ryan Kent, who have been each linked with big-money strikes away, to ship robust performances on the European stage as soon as once more.
The hosts are fourth within the Belgian prime flight and are unbeaten of their final 4 matches, incomes a creditable 1-1 draw towards league leaders Membership Brugge final outing. Liege face a nervy wait forward of the Rangers conflict although, after three Brugge gamers examined optimistic for Covid-19.
Philippe Montanier’s facet might be backed by round 3,000 followers at Stade Maurice Dufrasne – extensively considered one of the vital intimidating arenas in Europe.
Each side might be eyeing a gap day victory in a troublesome Group D which additionally comprises Benfica and Lech Poznan.
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Leicester might be viewing the Europa League as a welcome distraction after back-to-back Premier League defeats to West Ham and Aston Villa both facet of the worldwide break.
The Foxes appeared set to safe Champions League soccer after a wonderful begin to the 2019/20 marketing campaign, however needed to accept a spot in Europe’s secondary competitors after a shaky finish to the season.
However, Brendan Rodgers might be assured of a robust displaying on the continent this season after being drawn in a comparatively tame group alongside Zorya, Sporting Braga and AEK Athens.
Leicester have been with out Wilfried Ndidi, Ricardo Pereira, Caglar Soyuncu, Daniel Amartey and Jamie Vardy on Sunday however may welcome top-scorer Vardy again into the fold to face Ukrainian outfit Zorya Luhansk.
Zorya have endured a troublesome begin to the brand new season, successful solely one among their opening six matches however they’ve solely failed to attain on two events of their final 14 video games and can pose a risk to Leicester’s defence who haven’t a saved a clear sheet at residence in six.
Rodgers might be eager to see his facet quantity sufficient factors to high quality for the knockout phases as quickly as attainable and a cushty win for Leicester is predicted on Thursday.
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Tottenham host Austrian facet LASK juts 4 days after squandering a 3-0 result in London rivals West Ham in a frenzied finale. The late lapse overshadowed a powerful offensive show from Spurs and Gareth Bale’s second debut.
Jose Mourinho’s facet negotiated three qualifying rounds after ending sixth within the Premier League they usually face a troublesome group stage opener towards a LASK facet that reached the final 16 final season.
It has been a outstanding begin to the season for Spurs who’ve been scintillating going ahead however worryingly porous in defence. They’ve scored essentially the most targets within the Premier League to date (15) however have already shipped eight in 5 video games.
Resting Harry Kane and Heung-min Son could be a courageous name given their outstanding returns this season however Mourinho is probably going to present minutes to the likes of Eric Dier and Erik Lamela who’ve recovered from minor accidents, in addition to Dele Alli who failed the make the matchday squad towards West Ham.
Thursday’s opponents have made an affordable begin within the Austrian Bundesliga, however they have been comfortably crushed 3-0 by Arsenal’s opponents on Thursday, Speedy Wien, of their final league fixture.
Dominik Thalhammer’s facet exceeded expectations in Europe final season, rising from a gaggle containing Sporting Lisbon, PSV Eindhoven and Rosenborg earlier than beating AZ Alkmaar.
Their journey ended once they met Manchester United in Spherical of 16, however they’ll be assured of upsetting the apple cart as soon as once more this season.
Mourinho might be smarting after snatching a draw from the jaws of victory and his facet ought to have sufficient get again on monitor towards LASK.
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The Hoops have been comfortably second finest within the first Outdated Agency derby of the season on the weekend, though Neil Lennon will level to a protracted listing of absentees in mitigation.
It was a dismal loss made even worse by the furore that adopted Celtic’s crew being leaked on-line the evening earlier than. “Any person contained in the membership has achieved us in,” fumed Lennon. “It’s disgusting.”
The Rossoneri, full with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, beat fierce rivals Inter Milan on Saturday, courtesy of a first-half brace from their iconic Swede and are prime of the desk after 4 wins from 4.
Victories over Bologna, Crotone, Spezia and Inter have moved Stefano Pioli’s facet to the summit of Serie A and there’s real hope that Milan can mount a critical problem to Juventus this season.
Milan, who’re agency favourites to kick off the Europa League group stage with a victory, emphatically dispatched of Celtic within the final assembly between the edges again in 2013 – when targets from Kaka, Colombian centre-back Cristian Zapata and Mario Balotelli secured a 3-0 win for the seven-time Champions League winners.
The hosts might be with out Scotland worldwide James Forrest and Mikey Johnston, whereas midfielder Ryan Christie, Israel worldwide Nir Bitton and defender Hatem Abd Elhamed are all unlikely to characteristic after returning optimistic coronavirus assessments.
For the away facet, Hakan Calhanoglu, Ante Rebic and centre-back Mateo Musacchio are all unavailable, though centre-back Leo Duarte has returned to coaching forward of the journey to Glasgow.
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