Europa League, Matchday 6: Open Thread
There are 17 Europa League matches scheduled to be shown live on US television and Internet today, with plenty on the line on the final day of the Europa League group stage.
For Swansea, the Welsh club needs a draw to guarantee a place in the next round of the Europa League, which would be the first time in the team’s history that the club has reached a second phase of a European tournament. But it’s not going to be easy for Swansea. Their flight was delayed yesterday due to fog and mechanical problems on their plane, so they were unable to train last night. And then their preparations for today’s game were further hampered by an earthquake in Switzerland, which woke up several of the players during the middle of the night. If they look sluggish today, we’ll know why.
Dynamo Kiev and PSV Eindhoven also hope to book their tickets to the next round of the Europa League today when they play Rapid Vienna and Chornomorets respectively.
The Internet/TV schedule for the Europa Leagues matches today is:
St Gallen vs Swansea City, 12:30pm, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Soccer 2Go
Maribor vs Wigan, 1pm, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Soccer 2Go
PSV Eindhoven vs Chornomorets, 1pm, ESPN3.com, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2Go
Valencia vs Kuban, 1pm, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN.com and FOX Soccer 2Go
Macabi Tel-Aviv vs Bordeaux, 1pm, FOX Soccer 2Go
Eintracht Frankfurt vs APOEL, 1pm, ESPN3.com and FOX Soccer 2Go
Fiorentina vs Dnipro, 1pm, ESPN3.com and FOX Soccer 2Go
Zulte Waregem vs. Rubin Kazan, 1pm, ESPN3.com
Tottenham vs Anji, 3pm, FOX Sports 1, ESPN3.com and FOX Soccer 2Go
Lazio vs Trabzonspor, 3pm, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Soccer 2Go
Vitoria SC vs Olympique Lyon, 3pm, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2Go
Real Betis vs Rijeka, 3pm, ESPN3.com and FOX Soccer 2Go
PAOK vs AZ Alkmaar, 3pm, FOX Soccer 2Go
Macabi Haifa vs Shakhter, 3pm, FOX Soccer 2Go
Guimares vs Lyon, 3pm, FOX Soccer 2Go
Dynamo Kiev vs Rapid Vienna, 3pm, ESPN3.com
Freiburg vs Sevilla, 3pm, ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN.com
The teams who will be joining the UEFA Europa League draw on Monday will include the eight third-place teams from the UEFA Champions League, which are Napoli, Shakhtar Donestk, Juventus, Benfica, Plzen, FC Basel, Porto and Ajax.