For the uninitiated, Thursday Night Football is a slang for Europa League football.
Now that everyone’s on the same page, another thing to know is that Thursday Night Football resumes this week. 32 teams will start off the knockout stages of the competition this week as they try to get the first-leg advantage.
Typical of the knockout stages of this competition is to have some teams join from the UEFA Champions League. Of the handful of them that will also be hoping to go all the way, Manchester United is the most popular.
After failing to compete with the likes of PSG and RB Leipzig, they will now continue their European journey with their game against Real Sociedad. And they have to be on top of their game against a side that has only lost three of their last 10 games.
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Another team coming from the Champions League is Red Bull Salzburg. Their show of pace and ruthless counterattacking play will be on display again when they face Villarreal. The Austrians will also be hoping that they can defeat the Spanish side for a first time after losing to them twice on the bounce.
Four English Premier League sides will be playing in the Europa League this Thursday.
Enter Arsenal and Leicester City and Tottenham.
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While the Gunners and the Foxes have been enjoying some fine form, Spurs will have to get their acts together when they face another Austrian side in Wolfsberger AC. While there’s no history between the two sides, Arsenal have a bit of history facing Benfica, their next Europa League opponent.
While Leicester City travel to Czech Republic to take on Slavia Praha, Lille welcome Ajax to France as both sides lock horns. It’s the battle of the league leaders in this one as Ajax, fresh from the Champions League, try to get the better of a Lille side that lost only one game.
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Rangers and Hoffenheim are two of the sides that finished the group stages of the Europa League without losing. The Scot side and the Germans will now be hoping to continue their unbeaten run when they take on Royal Antwerp and Molde respectively.
The Italians are not left out in the Europa League action this week as AC Milan, AS Roma and Napoli will all be in action. Plenty to enjoy and also make money from. As the first leg of these Europa League games take center stage, which of these teams will you backing this week? Which teams will take the first leg advantage this week?
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