Thursday night football is back for another season, with no fewer than five British sides taking part in the Europa League, and the all-new Europa Conference League.
With kick-off times and television channels varied across the board Brig Sport have put together a guide to help you keep up with the action, wherever your team are!
Real Betis vs Celtic
The hoops are back in Seville this evening where Ange Postecoglou takes a Furuhashi-less Celtic side to play Real Betis of Spain.
Group stage draws probably couldn’t have come much tougher for Celtic – them and Betis are joined by well-respected German outfit Bayer Leverkusen as well as Hungarian side Ferencvaros – the latter of who infamously knocked Celtic out of the Champions League last season.
Fans looking to watch the match will find it’s part of the earlier kick-off group starting at 17:45, coverage will be shown on BT Sport 3 or via the BT Sport app/website.
Rennes vs Tottenham
Tottenham begin their Europa Conference League campaign with a trip to Northern France to play Rennes.
Les Rennais may have beaten Norweigen side Rosenborg to make the group stage but they’ll admit their start to the season has been far from perfect, they currently occupy 11th place in Ligue 1 after picking up successive defeats to Angers SCO and Reims.
Though with Spurs themselves shipping three to Crystal Palace at the weekend it looks like both sides will come into tonight eager to bounce back from their domestic defeats.
The action for this one also gets underway at 17:45 and can be found on BT Sport 1 as well as the BT Sport website/app.
Dinamo Zagreb vs West Ham
West Ham’s sixth placed finish last season means their fifth European campaign of the last 20 years will begin in the group stages.
The Hammers skipped the qualification phase of the tournament before landing themselves a group with tonight’s opponents, Austrian side Rapid Wein and the Belgian K.R.C. Genk – perhaps a tad more fortunate position than most.
If fans wish to take in the first ever European meeting between these two sides, they can catch the action on BT Sport 1/the BT Sport website and app, with kick-off scheduled for 17:45.
Rangers vs Lyon
Odds-on group A favourites Lyon represent the first group stage challenge for Steven Gerrard’s Rangers.
Despite losing star-man Memphis Depay in the summer the French side still have plenty of talent at their disposal – although Rangers fans will still breathe a sigh of relief at the news of Moussa Dembélé not traveling with the visiting squad. The Gers themselves will be without Filip Helander who picked up a knee injury at the weekend.
This one has a much more traditional kick-off time of 20:00 and can be watched either on BT Sport 3 or on the BT Sport website/app.
Leicester vs Napoli
The neutral viewer might see Leicester City’s clash with Serie A side Napoli as their game of the night.
Fresh off a 2-1 win over Juventus the Azzurri will bring a star-studded squad to the King Power Stadium, which features the likes of Lorenzo Insigne and Kalidou Koulibaly. Former Inter and Roma manager Luciano Spalletti begins his first season at the helm after being appointed manager at the end of May this year.
The home side may see themselves as unfortunate to not play in UEFA’s premium competition this season – after a disastrous end to their 2020/21 campaign meant they dropped out of the lucrative top four positions of the Premier League. But with the winner of the Europa earning a spot in the next year’s UCL group stages, Brendan Rodgers might feel compelled to take this competition seriously.
Action for this one also gets underway at 20:00 with coverage being shown on both BT Sport 2 and BT Sport Ultimate, as well as the BT Sport app/website.
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