Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Premier League in Europe

Arsenal will try to rebound from its loss to French side Lens when the Gunners travel to Sevilla Tuesday in Champions League group play. Reining Europa League champion Sevilla has struggled in La Liga this season and recently changed managers. Diego Alonso is now the fifth manager for the seemingly impatient Spanish club in the last two seasons. Manchester United, meanwhile, is in an unexpected must win situation when the Red Devils host Copenhagen at Old Trafford on Tuesday. United is bottom of its qualifying group with two losses in its opening two matches. Newcastle is somewhat surprisingly on top of a daunting Champions League group. The Magpies host Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday after grabbing a point at AC Milan and then defeating PSG in its last group match at St. James Park. Manchester City will seek a third straight Champions League group win when the Citizens travel to Bern, Switzerland to face Young Boys on Wednesday. West Ham will also seek a third win in European competition when the Hammers travel to Greece for a Europa League match against Olympiacos Thursday. Brighton and Liverpool, meanwhile, will be home for Europa League matches against Ajax and Toulouse respectively. Ajax sacked their manager this week as one of the worst starts in club history has seen supporter uprisings leading to the stopping of a match and the use of teargas against protesting fans. The legendary Dutch side are currently next to bottom in the Eredivisie table. Toulouse, currently 10th in the Ligue 1 table, is second to Liverpool’s perfect record in its Europa League qualifying group after a win and draw in the French side’s first two matches.  Aston Villa is at AZ Alkmaar for a Europa Conference League matchup on Thursday. All four clubs are level on points in Villa’s qualifying group, each winning and losing a match in the opening two group contests. 

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