Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Premier League in Europe

All eyes are on Paris as Newcastle plays PSG Tuesday in Champions League action. The Magpies knocked off the Parisians at St. James Park but desperately need to repeat that result if Newcastle is to advance to the next round. The Magpies are currently last but trail second place PSG by two points in a tightly contested group. Manchester United is also bottom of its group as Manager Eric ten Hag takes his squad to Turkey to face Galatasaray Wednesday. Three clubs are within a point of each other in United’s group, well behind runaway group leader Bayern Munich.

Arsenal is leading its Champions League group and can avenge its only loss in group play when the Gunners host French side Lens Wednesday. Lens, having defeated Arsenal in the first match between the two, is locked in a battle with PSV for second in the group and automatic qualification to the next round. Manchester City has won all four of its group matches to date. The Citizens face second place RB Leipzig on Tuesday. Both clubs are assured of advancement with the Germans eight points clear of the other two group clubs with two matches to play.

West Ham and Liverpool lead their Europa League qualification groups as the Hammers travel to face Serbian side Backa Topola on Thursday while the Reds are home to Austrian club LASK. Brighton faces a key qualification battle against AEK Athens. The Seagulls, currently second in the group, lead the Athenians by three points but lost to the Greek side in their first meeting. Brighton’s injury list grew longer over the weekend with Ansu Fati and Tariq Lamptey taken off in the first half versus Nottingham Forest. Aston Villa is home on Thursday to face Legia Warszawa. The two clubs jointly lead their qualification group with the other two clubs trailing the leaders by six points. The Polish club won the first contest at home versus Aston Villa. 

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