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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,, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2Go
Valencia vs Kuban, 1pm, ESPN Deportes, and FOX Soccer 2Go
Macabi Tel-Aviv vs Bordeaux, 1pm, FOX Soccer 2Go
Eintracht Frankfurt vs APOEL, 1pm, and FOX Soccer 2Go
Fiorentina vs Dnipro, 1pm, and FOX Soccer 2Go
Zulte Waregem vs. Rubin Kazan, 1pm,
Tottenham vs Anji, 3pm, FOX Sports 1, 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, 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,
Freiburg vs Sevilla, 3pm, ESPN Deportes and

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.

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  1. dust

    December 12, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    what has happened this year? Bony and Michu being out hasn’t helped…its looks to me like there isn’t much of a plan b.

  2. dust

    December 12, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    What a tidy performance by Spurs, Soldado getting a well needed boost of confidence before the LFC game. holtby’s goal & sold ado’s 2nd were quality. Rose did ok, Ryan did very well, Eriksen getting some time too.

    lamela’s ba;; for Soldado’s 2nd was great to…Sure..Anzhi are not the best team but still…always good to win and play good football at the same time…

  3. Christopher Harris

    December 12, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Another disappointing performance by Swansea this season.

    Earlier this season, Swansea were playing well in the Europa League but were disappointing in the Premier League. Now, they’ve been improving in the Premier League but have been performing poorly in the Europa League. The Swans are having a difficult time trying to balance both, but when it comes down to it, they’re just not playing as well as they ought to be.

    • Peter Quinn

      December 12, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      So Swansea get Napoli, Benfica, Shakhtar Donetsk or Basle. Who would you prefer?

      All good matches to me.

      • Christopher Harris

        December 13, 2013 at 11:35 am

        The way Swansea are playing, they may as well be picked against a top side in the next round because they’re not going to get into the last 16 if they keep on playing like they are right now.

        So in that case, I’d love to see Benfica’s name come out of the hat against the Swans.

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