The Europa League has returned. The second-tier European competition is back for its 11th season since rebranding, with 48 teams vying for the trophy.
English teams Manchester United, Arsenal and Wolves are all in the group stages this year, alongside seasoned European sides such as Sevilla and Roma.
Chelsea, the holders, are competing in the Champions League in 2019/20.
Where can you watch the games in the UK?
BT Sport has the exclusive rights to all 207 Europa League matches, so it’s the only place to watch Europe’s premier club competition.
You can gain access to BT Sport whether you’re planning on getting broadband too or not.
The cheapest combined package is currently £37.99 a month for 24 months, increasing to £47.99 thereafter.
This includes line rental and access to all four BT Sport channels on BT TV, as well as a year’s free Amazon Prime subscription. Do note that this includes a one-off setup fee of £69.99.
If you want access to BT Sport via your existing Sky box, you can easily do so by updating your viewing card.
Europa League fixture list
Here are the key fixtures for Matchday 3, complete with kick-off times:
Thurs 24 Oct
- Partizan Belgrade vs Manchester United - KO 17:55
- Arsenal vs Vitória Guimarães - KO 20:00
- Slovan Bratislava vs Wolverhampton Wanderers KO 17.55
- Roma vs Borussia Mönchengladbach - KO 17:55
- Celtic vs Lazio - KO 20:00
- FC Porto vs Rangers - KO 17:55
How to watch the Europa League abroad
If you’re a British viewer going abroad and want to watch using your existing package, you can use a VPN. This will mean you can still appear in
And thus have access to all the location-restricted content.
What about if I don’t want to pay?
Unfortunately, there are not many options available if you want to watch the Champions League for free.
There is no alternative if you'd like to watch on a pay-as-you-go basis, as Sky Sports offers with Now TV. Also, since ITV lost the rights to their highlights package in 2017 there is no coverage on free-to-air television.
However, BT has reiterated its commitment to make as much of its coverage available to as many people as possible. Clips are regularly shared across the BT Sport social media accounts, with highlights available on YouTube minutes after the final whistle.
The final will also be live streamed to the same channel.