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 have all made it through the group stages, alongside Scottish heavyweights in Celtic and Rangers. Among the high-profile teams to drop down from the Champions League are Inter Milan, Ajax and FC Porto. and seasoned European sides such as Sevilla and
Chelsea, the holders, are currently in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
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 the competition.
You can gain access to BT Sport whether you’re planning on getting broadband too or not.
The cheapest combined package is currently £34.99 a month for 24 months, increasing to £42.99 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 £59.99.
If you want access to BT Sport via your existing Sky box, you can easily do so by updating your viewing card.
BT Sport is also now offering Monthly Passes, considered to be a direct competitor to Now TV.
For £25 a month, you can now get unlimited access to BT Sport contract-free, including the 4K-enabled BT Sport Ultimate. The flexibility across devices remains, as it can be used on all the Smart TVs, consoles, tablets and phones that are available to paid subscribers. See all the details here.
Europa League fixture list
There's plenty of last 32 action to look forward to. Here's all the key info you need.
- Club Bruges vs Manchester United - KO 17.55
- Olympiakos vs Arsenal - KO 20.00
- Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Espanyol - KO 20.00
- FC Copenhagen vs Celtic - KO 17.55
- Rangers vs Braga - KO 20.00
Wed 26 February
- Braga vs Rangers - KO 17.00
Thurs 27 February
- Espanyol vs Wolverhampton Wanderers - KO 17.55
- Manchester United vs Club Bruges - KO 20.00
- Arsenal vs Olympiakos - KO 20.00
- Celtic vs FC Copenhagen - KO 20.00
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 as if you're in the UK and retain 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.