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


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


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


12 thoughts on “Besiktas vs Arsenal and Napoli vs Athletic Bilbao: Starting Lineups, TV Times and Open Thread”

      1. I do not believe that to be true. The rest of the world goes by one and Basques go by the - correct - Athletic. I came right from a discussion with a Bilbao native where he explained how much this bothers him and then read this post.

        He compared it to if someone called them Arsenal London.

        1. Even the official La Liga site refers to the club interchangeably as "Athletic Bilbao" and "Athletic":

          1. Its a silly argument, but the Basques prefer it to be called Athletic or even more proper "Athletic Club".

  1. 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??!

  2. 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!

      1. 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.


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