TNT Sports Reload - Episode 13Oct 10
Read on for a preview of United’s trip to Omonia Nicosia and Arsenal’s clash with Bodo/Glimt, as well as how to watch any of Thursday’s other matches.
Omonia vs Man Utd, 5.15pm (5.45pm kick-off) on BT Sport 1 - Live stream
United will be hoping to build on their win over Sheriff Tiraspol last time out, which came courtesy of goals from Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The latter may well be involved again having watched from the bench as Erik ten Hag’s side were demolished in the Manchester derby, falling to a 6-3 defeat that ended their four-game Premier League winning streak.
United will be clear favourites in Cyprus against an Omonia side yet to register a point in Group E.
And Ten Hag will undoubtedly be aware of the importance of another win, with Real Sociedad currently top of the group having won at Old Trafford on the opening night.
The United boss will likely make several changes to his starting XI, particularly with a testing trip to Goodison Park, also live on BT Sport, coming up on Sunday.
Whoever gets the nod in Nicosia will be expected to get the job done, though. Omonia are only fourth in their domestic league, with three wins and two defeats from their opening five matches.
That, as well as Omonia’s struggles in the Europa League so far, should mean a fairly routine victory for the Red Devils, assuming they guard against complacency.
Arsenal vs Bodo/Glimt, 7.45pm (8pm kick-off) on BT Sport 2 - Live stream
Arsenal are flying high in the Premier League and confidence is flowing through Mikel Arteta’s team after a 3-1 win in the North London derby on Saturday.
The Europa League might be seen as a slight distraction from the Gunners’ league exploits, although fans will surely be relishing any chance to see their team in action at the Emirates again after another scintillating display at the weekend.
This will be Arsenal’s second game of the group stages after their fixture against PSV was postponed following the passing of the Queen. They won their first, beating Zurich 2-1 in Switzerland with a youthful but talented starting XI.
And there is certainly more depth to Arteta’s squad now, with the likes of Marquinhos and Fabio Vieira arriving in the summer. Expect them to feature against Bodo/Glimt, along with Eddie Nketiah, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Takehiro Tomiyasu.
This could be a tougher test for Arsenal than many expect. Bodo/Glimt have started well in Group A, beating Zurich before drawing away at PSV last time out.
Kjetil Knutsen is a shrewd and highly-regarded coach, and Arsenal will know not to underestimate their Norwegian opponents.
Thursday’s other Europa League fixtures and how to watch them
Sheriff vs Real Sociedad, 5.45pm KO, BT Sport 5 - Live stream
Sturm Graz vs Lazio, 5.45pm KO, BT Sport 6 - Live stream
Crvena Zvezda vs Ferencvaros, 5.45pm KO - Live stream
Monaco vs Trabzonspor, 5.45pm KO - Live stream
Zurich vs PSV, 5.45pm KO - Live stream
HJK vs Ludogorets, 5.45pm KO - Live stream
Malmo vs Union Berlin, 5.45pm KO - Live stream
Roma vs Real Betis, 7.45pm (8pm KO), BT Sport 4 - Live stream
Freiburg vs Nantes, 8pm KO, BT Sport 5 - Live stream
Rennes vs Dynamo Kyiv, 8pm KO, BT Sport 6 - Live stream
Fenerbahce vs AEK Larnaca, 8pm KO - Live stream
Braga vs Union Saint-Gilloise, 8pm KO - Live stream
Midtjylland vs Feyenoord, 8pm KO - Live stream
Olympiakos vs Qarabag, 8pm KO - Live stream