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Rubin Kazan vs Chelsea, Basel vs Spurs & Newcastle vs Benfica: Europa League Open Thread

europa league Rubin Kazan vs Chelsea, Basel vs Spurs & Newcastle vs Benfica: Europa League Open Thread

Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United compete against European opposition today in the second leg of their Europa League quarter-finals. Each team has an opportunity to guarantee a berth in the semi-final, but which of the three clubs will make it through?

Chelsea kicks off the action today with a tricky away match in Moscow against Rubin Kazan. In the first leg, Chelsea won 3-1 at Stamford Bridge. The match will be played nearly 500 miles away from Rubin Kazan’s ground on a synthetic pitch.

For viewers in the United States, you can watch Rubin Kazan vs Chelsea at Noon ET on FOX Soccer and FOX Soccer 2Go.

The next match is Basel against Tottenham Hotspur, kicking off at 3pm ET on FOX Soccer and FOX Soccer 2Go. Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon will be out injured. In the first leg, the result ended 2-2. Obviously it’s important for Spurs not to underestimate this very skilled Swiss team.

Hatem Ben Arfa could play a role in Newcastle’s home match against Benfica. He may start off with a place on the bench. The Toon Army lost 3-1 in the first round, so they have a lot of work to turn around the first leg defeat.

Newcastle versus Benfica will be shown live on FOX Soccer Plus at 3pm ET as well as on FOX Soccer 2Go and ESPN3.com.

Join the conversation in the comments section below with football supporters from around the world.


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