Europa League, live! How to watch, schedule, odds, predictions

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The Europa League group stage is here, as the competition has been revamped for the 2021-22 season and there are mouthwatering ties galore.

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After the creation of the Europa Conference League (a third-tier competition which sits underneath the Champions League and Europa League which Tottenham are playing in) there are now 32 teams in the Europa League group stage instead of 48.

That means that the quality is even more concentrated and some huge clubs are in the Europa League group stage this season, including Galatasaray, Lazio, Lyon, Monaco, Napoli, Fenerbahce, Olympiacos, Rangers, Celtic and Bayer Leverkusen, to name just a few of the leading contenders.

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Premier League clubs Leicester City and West Ham United qualified for the group stage of the Europa League, as both Brendan Rodgers and David Moyes have their sights set on a deep run in the competition.

Below you will find everything you need to know about the Europa League for the 2021-22 season, and also details on Tottenham in the Europa Conference League.


How to watch, stream Europa League, Conference League

Date: Week 2 – Thursday, September 30
How to watch: Paramount+
Live updates: UEL here at NBCSports.com


Europa League schedule, Week 2

Thu Sep 30 12:45 PM ET
Antwerp vs Eintracht Frankfurt
Bosuilstadion

Thu Sep 30 3:00 PM ET
Celtic vs Bayer Leverkusen
Celtic Park

Thu Sep 30 3:00 PM ET
Dinamo Zagreb vs Genk
Cegeka Arena

Thu Sep 30 12:45 PM ET
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Antwerp
Bosuilstadion

Thu Sep 30 12:45 PM ET
Fenerbahce vs Olympiakos Piraeus
Ulker Stadyumu Fenerbahce Sukru Saracoglu Spor Kom

Thu Sep 30 3:00 PM ET
Ferencvaros vs Real Betis
Groupama Arena

Thu Sep 30 3:00 PM ET
Genk vs Dinamo Zagreb
Cegeka Arena

Thu Sep 30 3:00 PM ET
Lazio vs Lokomotiv Moskva
Stadio Olimpico

Thu Sep 30 12:45 PM ET
Legia Warszaw vs Leicester City
Stadion Miejski Legii Warszawa im. Marszalka Jozef

Thu Sep 30 3:00 PM ET
Ludogorets vs Crvena Zvezda
Huvepharma Arena

Thu Sep 30 12:45 PM ET
Napoli vs Spartak Moskva
Stadio Diego Armando Maradona

Thu Sep 30 12:45 PM ET
Olympique Lyonnais vs Brondby
Groupama Stadium

Thu Sep 30 3:00 PM ET
Olympique Marseille vs Galatasaray
Orange Velodrome

Thu Sep 30 3:00 PM ET
Rapid Wien vs West Ham United
London Stadium

Thu Sep 30 Thu. 3:00 PM ET
Real Betis vs Ferencvaros
Groupama Arena

Thu Sep 30 12:45 PM ET
Real Sociedad vs Monaco
Reale Arena

Thu Sep 30 12:45 PM ET
Sparta Praha vs Rangers
Generali Ceska pojistovna Arena

Thu Sep 30 3:00 PM ET
Sporting Braga vs Midtjylland
Estadio Municipal de Braga

Thu Sep 30 12:45 PM ET
Sturm Graz vs PSV
Merkur Arena

Thu Sep 30 3:00 PM ET
West Ham United vs Rapid Wien
London Stadium


Odds (full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)

Sturm Graz (+360) vs PSV Eindhoven (-145) | Draw (+300)
Legia Warsaw (+420) vs  Leicester City (-155) | Draw (+290)
Sparta Prague (+170) vs Rangers (+160) | Draw (+235)
Real Sociedad (+125) vs AS Monaco (+210) | Draw (+250)
Fenerbahce (+135) vs Olympiacos (+225) | Draw (+210)
Napoli (-400) vs Spartak Moscow (+1000) | Draw (+520)
Lyon (-475) vs Brondby (+1200) | Draw (+550)
Antwerp (+280) vs Eintracht Frankfurt (-115) | Draw (+290)
Marseille (-155) vs Galatasaray (+400) | Draw (+300)
Lazio (-290) vs Lokomotiv Moscow (+750) | Draw (+420)
West Ham (-400) vs Rapid Vienna (+1000) | Draw (+500)
Ludogorets Razgrad (+140) vs Red Star (+185) | Draw (+245)
Celtic (+270) vs Bayer Leverkusen (-108) | Draw (+275)
Ferencvaros (+400) vs Real Betis (-155) | Draw (+300)
Sporting Braga (+105) vs Midtjylland (+275) | Draw (+235)
Genk (+110) vs Dinamo Zagreb (+260) | Draw (+235)

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Predictions

Sturm Graz 0-2 PSV Eindhoven
Legia Warsaw 1-2 Leicester City
Sparta Prague 1-1 Rangers
Real Sociedad 3-2 AS Monaco
Fenerbahce 1-0 Olympiacos
Napoli 3-0 Spartak Moscow
Lyon 4-1 Brondby
Antwerp 0-3 Eintracht Frankfurt
Marseille 2-1 Galatasaray
Lazio 2-0 Lokomotiv Moscow
West Ham 3-1 Rapid Vienna
Ludogorets Razgrad 0-0 Red Star
Celtic 1-2 Bayer Leverkusen
Ferencvaros 0-1 Real Betis
Sporting Braga 1-1 Midtjylland
Genk 0-1 Dinamo Zagreb

Croatia vs Brazil, live! Score, updates, how to watch, stream, videos

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World Cup-savvy Croatia stands in the way of stylish Brazil’s pursuit of a sixth World Cup crown, and the pair promise a complex match-up on Friday in Al Rayyan.

Match 58 of the 2022 World Cup kicks off the quarterfinals as Neymar leads Tite’s star-studded CONMEBOL powers into a match against the 2018 runners-up.

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Croatia got past Japan in penalties and will now dream of the two wins that could set it back in the final where France could again be waiting for a juicy rematch.

Croatia needed penalties to get past Japan in the Round of 16, while Brazil pasted South Korea 4-1.  Croatia has never beaten Brazil in four meetings, losing at the 2006 and 2014 World Cups.

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Here is everything you need for Croatia vs Brazil.


How to watch Croatia vs Brazil live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10am ET, Friday, December 9
Stadium: Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

Croatia’s Dominik Livakovic was fantastic in penalties versus Japan to get here, but Luka Modric continues to do the things that get Croatia out of trouble and puts the opponents into heaps of it. Josko Gvardiola has arguably been the defender of the tournament, and the 20-year-old looks to test his mettle again against the Selecao.

Pick a Brazil player who’s failed to impress and you’ve achieved a mighty feat. Neymar’s been fantastic when healthy while Richarlison is in serious pursuit of the Golden Boot. Alisson Becker flexed his muscles once or twice versus South Korea and figures to be busier as the competition continues to heat up in Qatar. Richarlison, Vini Jr, Raphinha and Neymar all start against Croatia. Wowza.


Croatia quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 12
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 6
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA (1st place)
Coach: Zlatko Dalic
Key players: Luka Modric, Andrej Kramaric, Mateo Kovacic, Josko Gvardiol

Brazil quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 1
World Cup titles: 5 (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)
World Cup appearances: 22
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from CONMEBOL (1st place)
Coach: Tite
Key players: Neymar, Thiago Silva, Casemiro, Alisson Becker

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Netherlands vs Argentina: How to watch live, stream link, team news

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The Netherlands gets a third chance to beat Lionel Messi in the World Cup when the Dutch meet Argentina in the World Cup quarterfinals at Lusail Iconic Stadium on Friday.

Match 57 of the World Cup will be the second of the quarterfinal round and Messi can build on his three goals and assist in Qatar, though the underlying story has been how difficult it’s been to break down the Argentine defense.

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The CONMEBOL side beat Australia 2-1 In the Round of 16 and now gets a Dutch side that outclassed the USA 3-1 last time out.

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Here is everything you need for Netherlands vs Argentina.


How to watch Netherlands vs Argentina live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 2pm ET, Friday, December 9
Stadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

Louis van Gaal is looking for arguably the only major trophy to escape his reach with the World Cup, and Virgil van Dijk isn’t too far behind his manager. Jurrien Timber’s joined VVD in a very good back three, Cody Gakpo had been the breakout player of the tournament in all likelihood before Goncalo Ramos captured the world’s attention with his hat trick for Portugal on Tuesday.

Enzo Fernandez has been shining along with Messi, while Nicolas Otamendi has turned back the proverbial clock at center back in a tour de force for the CONMEBOL powers.


Netherlands quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 8
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 10
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA (Won Group G)
Coach: Louis van Gaal
Key players: Virgil van Dijk, Memphis Depay, Frenkie de Jong

Argentina quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 3
World Cup titles: 2 (1978, 1986)
World Cup appearances: 17
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from CONMEBOL (2nd place)
Coach: Lionel Scaloni
Key players: Lionel Messi, Angel de Maria, Lautaro Martinez

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England vs France lineups: Projected XI, key battles, tactical focus

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England and France square off in a huge World Cup quarterfinal in Qatar as the Three Lions and Les Bleus both have realistic chances of winning it all.

But only one will advance.

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Who will Gareth Southgate line up? Will he switch to a back three to combat the obvious threat of Kylian Mbappe? Or will he stick with the 4-3-3 which has worked so well for most of this tournament?

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As for Didier Deschamps, his reigning World Cup champs are clicking through the gears in attack and he has some big choices to make in midfield and defense. Will the long-time France boss get the big calls correct? He usually does.

Below is a look at the England vs France lineups, with analysis on the key tactical battles and decisions for Southgate and Deschamps.

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England lineup projection (3-4-3)

—– Pickford —–

— Walker — Stones — Maguire —

—- Trippier —- Rice —- Bellingham —- Shaw —-

—– Saka —– Kane —- Foden —–

The big dilemma for Gareth Southgate is clear: back three or a back four? The former could give him more protection for the pace and threat of Kylian Mbappe, with Kieran Trippier at wing-back trying to pin him back and if that doesn’t work, Kyle Walker’s pace as a right-sided center back seems to be the perfection solution to nullify France’s main man. Also, Declan Rice can double up if Mbappe cuts inside. England have played most of the last few years in a 3-4-3, so why not go back to it for this very specific situation? In attack Bukayo Saka and Phil Foden will surely support Harry Kane, while Jordan Henderson is probably the main to miss out in midfield with the excellent Jude Bellingham, just 19 years old, continuing in his role as a true No. 8.


France lineup projection  (4-2-1-3)

—– Lloris —–

— Kounde — Konate — Varane — T. Hernandez —

—- Rabiot —- Tchouameni —- 

—– Griezmannn —–

—- Dembele —- Giroud —- Mbappe —-

The back four and midfield has looked okay throughout this tournament and Deschamps has some excellent options if he wants to mix things up. Two from Ibrahima Konate, Raphael Varane and Dayot Upamecano will start but it seems like Upamecano and Varane will get the nod. Kounde has looked a bit clunky at right back and if he’s up against the slippery Foden, that could be a bad match-up for France. Maybe Benjamin Pavard will start? In midfield Adrien Rabiot and Aurelien Tchouameni are their first-choice pairing and have done well without the injured Kante and Pogba. But central midfield is definitely France’s weak spot. Griezmann has rolled back the years as a No. 10, while Dembele, Giroud and Mbappe will cause England’s defense plenty of problems as that attacking quartet can hurt you just about every way imaginable.


When and where is the 2026 World Cup?

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The 2022 World Cup officially begins on Sunday, November 20, and runs through Sunday, December 18 in Qatar featuring 64 matches contested by 32 nations in 8 stadiums over the course of 29 days.

This year marks the very first time that the World Cup is taking place in the Middle East. Qatar, which is the smallest nation to ever host the event, has average high temperatures in June and July of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, which is why FIFA made the decision to host the 22nd edition of the World Cup in the Fall. As always, this year’s World Cup marks four years until the next edition of the tournament, which will make history with three different nations hosting matches.  See below for location information for both the 2022 and 2026 World Cups.

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2022 World Cup Venues:

The 2022 World Cup will take place in the following venues:

  • Al Bayt Stadium – 22 miles from central Doha
  • Lusail Stadium – 12 miles from central Doha
  • Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium – 12 miles from central Doha
  • Al Janoub Stadium – 14 miles from central Doha
  • Al Thumama Stadium – 8 miles from central Doha
  • Education City Stadium – 8 miles from central Doha
  • Khalifa International Stadium – 3 miles from central Doha
  • Stadium 974 – 6 miles from central Doha

Where will the 2026 World Cup take place?

The 2026 World Cup will take place in three North American countries: the United States, Mexico, and Canada. This will be the first time that the tournament is hosted by three different nations and it will be the very first time that the event will be contested in Canada. There will be a total of 16 venues used as host cities for the 2026 World Cup. The U.S. will have 11, Canada will have 2, and Mexico will have 3.

Additionally, the 2026 World Cup will debut an expanded format featuring 48 teams–as opposed to 32–split into 16 groups of 3.

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2026 World Cup host cities

USA (11)

Atlanta – Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Boston – Gillette Stadium
Dallas – AT&T Stadium
Houston – NRG Stadium
Kansas City – Arrowhead Stadium
Los Angeles – SoFi Stadium
Miami – Hard Rock Stadium
New York/New Jersey – MetLife Stadium
Philadelphia – Lincoln Financial Field
San Francisco – Levi’s Stadium
Seattle – Lumen Field

Canada (2)

Toronto – BMO Field
Vancouver – BC Place

Mexico (3)

Guadalajara – Estadio Akron
Mexico City – Estadio Azteca
Monterrey – Estadio BBVA

When is the 2026 World Cup?

The 2026 World Cup is scheduled to take place from June 8 through July 3.


2022 World Cup U.S. Group Stage Schedule:

  • U.S. vs. Wales – Monday, November 21 at 2 PM ET
  • U.S. vs. England – Friday, November 25 at 2 PM ET
  • U.S. vs Iran – Tuesday, November 29 at 2 PM ET

2022 World Cup Mexico Group Stage Schedule:

  • Mexico vs. Poland – Tuesday, November 22 at 11 AM ET
  • Mexico vs Argentina – Saturday, November 26 at 2 PM ET
  • Mexico  vs Saudi Arabia – Wednesday, November 30 at 2 PM ET

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How to watch the 2022 World Cup:

*All times are listed as ET

  • When: November 20, 2022 – December 18, 2022
  • Group stage game kick-off times: 5 am, 8 am, 11 am, and 2 pm
  • Location: Qatar
  • TV channel in English: Fox
  • TV channels en Español: Telemundo, Universo, Peacock

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