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Besiktas vs Arsenal and Napoli vs Athletic Bilbao: Starting Lineups, TV Times and Open Thread

uefa champions league trophy Besiktas vs Arsenal and Napoli vs Athletic Bilbao: Starting Lineups, TV Times and Open Thread

Today marks the first day of playoffs for the UEFA Champions League where clubs are playing across Europe to try to make it into the Group Stage of the tournament. Two high profiles matches are being televised on US television (more info below).

Beginning at 2pm ET, Rob Stone hosts pregame, halftime and post-game UEFA Champions League coverage from Los Angeles with analysts Eric Wynalda, Warren Barton and Brian McBride.

Besiktas vs Arsenal (Champions League Playoff, 1st leg), 2:45pm ET, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports Go and FOX Soccer 2Go

Napoli vs Athletic Bilbao (Champions League Playoff, 1st leg), 2:45pm ET, FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports Go and FOX Soccer 2Go

Starting lineups:

Besiktas: Tolga, Ismail, Motta, Ersan, Pedro, Olcay, Veli, Necip, Oguzhan, Mustafa, Ba

Arsenal: Szczesny, Debuchy, Chambers, Koscielny, Monreal, Arteta, Wilshere, Ramsey, Alexis, Cazorla, Giroud

Subs: Martinez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Bellerin, Miquel, Campbell, Flamini, Rosicky

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Napoli: Rafael; Maggio, Albiol, Koulibaly, Britos; Jorginho, Gargano; Insigne, Hamsik, Callejon; Higuain

Athletic Bilbao: Iraizoz, De Marcos, Laporte, Gurpegui, Balenziaga, Iturraspe, Beñat, Rico, Susaeta, Muniain, Aduriz

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Before, during or after today’s match, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.

12 Responses to Besiktas vs Arsenal and Napoli vs Athletic Bilbao: Starting Lineups, TV Times and Open Thread

  1. Tony Butterworth says:

    It’s Athletic, not Athletic Bilbao :)

  2. Christopher Harris says:

    What the heck is Wynalda talking about in the pre-match? He voiced his concerns over Arsenal’s goalkeeper Szczesny and said that Arsenal doesn’t have the depth in that position that Chelsea has with Petr Cech on the bench. Doesn’t Wynalda know that Arsenal signed World Cup goalkeeper David Ospina??!

  3. cmasia says:

    If you have DirecTV, all 5 games are available.
    Salzburg on 481.
    Steaua on channel 482.
    Copenhagen on various RSN’s.

    And all 5 games have the Sky commentators!
    Happy Day!

    • Tayo says:

      Seriously considering DirecTV

      • Matt says:

        It’s worth it for the Champion’s League alone. The only downside (if you’re switching from certain providers) is Fox Soccer Plus’s status as a standalone channel. Then again, it was Fox Rugby all summer so I’m not missing it much.

  4. Cody says:

    That was the worst European performances Arsenal has had in quite some time.

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