Preview: Europa League – 26 Nov
European Football’s second most prestigious competition makes its return since the International break with plenty to play for in the second half of the group stage. Check out the comprehensive Europa League guide below, with everything you need to know all in one place.
After two exciting and entertaining nights from the Champions League, we now make way for the ever entertaining Europa League to take centre stage. We get to see some of the competitions established sides as well as some exciting new and young sides in action as they help their teams through the group stage and into the later stages of the competition.
All five British teams will be in action, with the other competitions’ established sides such as AC Milan, Seville and AS Roma also taking to the pitch. We’re here to bring you all regularly updated match previews and TV information to help you enjoy every moment.
Leicester City who are coming from brutal reality check against champions Liverpool in their last domestic game, can secure a place in the next round with a win against Braga. The foxes have conceded just once in their three outings this term and having kept a clean sheet against Brag in the sides’ last encounter, we do not expect an upset taking place at the King Power Stadium.
Arsenal are yet to drop any points in their European campaign this season and another victory in Norway would ensure qualification for the knockout phase with minimal effort. The gunners have been close to abysmal domestically this season, but they sit pretty at the summit of their group thanks to three consecutive wins and having beaten Molde with relative ease in early November. We expect more the same to follow.
Celtic are struggling and were brushed aside at home to Sparta Prague in their last European encounter. The Bhoys in green are under immense pressure and nothing but a win would do in their hopes of staying in the competition. They sit bottom of their group having drawn just once in their opening three fixtures in a group which also features AC Milan and Lille. They have won just twice of their last six matches, and we do not fancy them getting a win here either.
Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur are simply flying. They are coming from a big over Manchester City at the weekend and will be buzzing with confidence when they face Ludogorets. Spurs were comfortable winners when these two sides last met, where goals from usual suspects Harry Kane, Lucas Moura and Lo Celso ensured they came out 3-1 winners. With four clean sheets from their last seven matches, the London side look well equipped to replicate another win over the Bulgarian side.
The last British side in action and led by Steven Gerrard, Rangers face once great Benfica in one of the most anticipated encounters in this weeks’ fixtures. The Portuguese side needed an injury-time last minute equalizer to rescue a point at home against Rangers, and the score line along nine goals conceded in three games suggests they have problems in defense which Gerrards’ side could exploit once more. A win for Rangers would tighten their grip on top spot while edging closer to qualification.
How to watch Europa League on TV
Every Europa League match will be shown exclusively on BT Sport across their range of available channels.