TNT Sports Reload - Episode 13Oct 10
Read on for a preview of United’s home fixture against Omonia Nicosia and Arsenal’s trip to Bodo/Glimt, as well as how to watch any of Thursday’s other matches.
Bodo/Glimt vs Arsenal – 5.15pm (5.45pm kick-off) on BT Sport 2 – Live stream
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta made eight changes to the starting line-up when Bodo/Glimt arrived in north London last week. And with a hard-fought win over Liverpool at the weekend and Leeds to come this Sunday, Arteta is likely to switch things up again when his team travel to Norway.
The Gunners won the home encounter 3-0 last week with goals from Eddie Nketiah, Rob Holding and Fabio Vieira. All three are likely to start the reverse fixture, alongside the likes of Kieran Tierney, Sambi Lokonga, Marquinhos, and goalkeeper Matt Turner.
Emile Smith Rowe and Mohamed Elneny remain out for the Gunners, but Reiss Nelson could get some more minutes.
Arsenal currently top Group A despite only playing two matches, with their re-arranged Matchday 2 tie at home to PSV Eindhoven set for Thursday 20 October.
A win in Norway would make it extremely unlikely for any team to halt their progress towards the knockout stages going into two trickier back-to-back ties against PSV. The Dutch side are the Gunners’ main challengers for top spot.
Man Utd vs Omonia Nicosia – 7.15pm (8pm kick-off) on BT Sport 1 – Live stream
The Red Devils made hard work of defeating Omonia Nicosia in Cyprus last week. They managed to get over the line and take all three points in the end, thanks largely to Erik ten Hag’s second-half substitutions, which resulted in Anthony Martial scoring and Marcus Rashford bagging a brace.
The Dutch manager made the subs after recognising that his side were too static in the first half.
At Old Trafford they’ll need to play on the front foot. With the crowd behind them, it’s hard to see anything other than a victory for ten Hag’s team.
A win at Goodison Park on Sunday night will give United added belief – a game in which Cristiano Ronaldo recorded his 700th club goal.
The Portuguese superstar could start this fixture too, just as he did in the reverse match, though ten Hag could opt to start him from the bench with Newcastle at home approaching this weekend.
Whether CR7 starts or not, United are likely to field a strong starting line-up. They need a win to stay in touch with group leaders Real Sociedad, who are expected to win their tie against Sheriff Tiraspol. The hosts will want to win the group to avoid a knockout round playoff.
United have injury concerns over Martial, who was subbed off against Everton. However, Harry Maguire could return to the squad, as could Donny van de Beek.
Thursday’s other Europa League fixtures and how to watch them
Real Betis vs Roma - 5.45pm KO, BT Sport 4 – Live stream
Nantes vs Freiberg - 5.45pm KO, BT Sport 5 – Live stream
Dynamo Kyiv vs Rennes - 5.45pm KO, BT Sport 6 – Live stream
Union Saint-Gilloise vs Sporting Braga - 5.45pm KO – Live stream
Qarabag vs Olympiakos Piraeus - 5.45pm KO – Live stream
AEK Larnaca vs Fenerbahce - 5.45pm KO – Live stream
Feyenoord vs Midtjylland - 5.45pm KO – Live stream
Lazio vs Sturm Graz - 8pm KO, BT Sport 5 – Live stream
Real Sociedad vs Sheriff Tiraspol - 8pm KO, BT Sport 6 – Live stream
Union Berlin vs Malmo FF - 8pm KO – Live stream
Ludogorets vs HJK - 8pm KO – Live stream
Ferencvaros vs Crvena Zvezda - 8pm KO – Live stream
Trabzonspor vs Monaco - 8pm KO – Live stream
PSV vs Zurich - 8pm KO – Live stream