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.


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