Feast on a full menu of midweek European football with BT Sport as the festive period looms large

BT Sport will show a full slate of Serie A matches in midweek - plus five games from Ligue 1 including Lionel Messi's PSG at Lorient.

By Callum Davis Published: 22 December 2021 - 9.38am

Covid-19 may be playing havoc with the Premier League fixture schedule, but that has not stopped BT Sport from serving up a smorgasbord of European football as the festive period looms large.

A total of 10 English top-flight games have been cancelled in the last seven days and more disruption is expected as the UK government considers imposing tighter restrictions to curb the spread of the Omnicron variant.

But fear not football fans, it's a rosier picture on the continent where top-flight football is still very much on the menu. 

BT Sport will be showing live coverage of five Ligue 1 matches plus seven more games from a full round of Serie A fixtures.

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Wednesday 22 December

All eyes will be on the historic province of Brittany on Wednesday evening as PSG's expensively assembled cast of superstars roll into town. 

Fresh from reaching the last 16 of the Champions League as Group A runners-up, Mauricio Pochettino's side return their focus to domestic matters as they face Lorient in the pick of the Matchday 19 fixtures in Ligue 1.

The Parisians are 13 points clear at the top of the table and on course to join Marseille and Saint-Etienne in French football's history books for most league honours.

Lionel Messi has made a slow start to life in France but the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner finally seems to be finding his feet in Paris.

His goal against Nantes back in late November remains the only one to his name in the league, but he scored a brace in PSG's most recent Champions League outing against Club Brugge and has laid on four assists in his last five appearances.

With the Argentinian well overdue a breakout performance in Ligue 1, you won't want to miss him in action against lowly Lorient this week.

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Number of live European games on BT Sport on Wednesday

Across the Alps in Italy, a full slate of midweek fixtures concludes with the remaining 14 teams in action. 

Back-to-back wins for Jose Mourinho's Roma have revived hopes of qualifying for the Champions League next season, although they face stiff competition from Fiorentina and Juventus. 

With six points seperating Roma and fourth-placed Atalanta, a win at home to struggling Sampdoria will be the perfect Christmas present for the former Chelsea and Man Utd boss.

AC Milan will be looking to return to winning ways after they lost ground on reigning champions Inter following a 1-0 defeat to title rivals Napoli last weekend.

Elif Elmas headed home Piotr Zielinski's corner with just five minutes gone at the San Siro to hand the Partenopei all three points in a win that saw them leapfrog Milan into second spot.

With Inter in action from 5.30pm, AC Milan and Napoli will both be playing catch up when they kick-off two hours later as they face off against Empoli and Spezia respectively.  

 

Serie A on Wednesday

Sassuolo vs Bologna - 3.30pm, BT Sport 2HD

Venezia vs Lazio - 3.30pm, BT Sport 1HD

Verona vs Fiorentina - 5.30pm, BT Sport 3HD

Roma vs Sampdoria - 5.30pm, BT Sport 1HD

Inter vs Torino - 5.30pm, BT Sport 2HD

Empoli vs AC Milan - 7.30pm, BT Sport 1HD

Napoli vs Spezia - 7.45pm, BT Sport 3HD

 

Ligue 1 on Wednesday

Lorient vs PSG - 7.30pm, BT Sport 2HD

Marseille vs Reims - 7.45pm, BT Sport Extra 2HD

Monaco v Rennes - 8pm, BT Sport ESPN HD

Nice vs Lens - 8pm, BT Sport Extra 3HD

Click here for BT Sport's live football schedule