Here is the UEFA Europa League 2018-19 complete schedule.
Thursday night and Friday morning bring to us the fifth round of group stage matches in the UEFA Europa League. With 48 teams in 12 groups battling it out for a spot in the next round of Europe’s international club competition, plenty is at stake as the odds heat up in the tournament.
We bring you the UEFA Europa League 2018-19 complete schedule of matchday 5 with eye-catching matches. The Sony Network is the official broadcaster of the tournament in India and will air the matches live on Sony Ten 1, 2, Six/HD starting 9:20 pm Thursday night.
Chelsea Vs PAOK
Premier league giants host PAOK at Stamford Bridge looking to cement their place as group stoppers from Group L. Having suffered an admonishing 3-1 defeat to city rivals Tottenham in the weekend, Maurizio Sarri’s side will be looking to get their campaign back on track with another win in a tournament they are unbeaten in.
Having defeated PAOK 1-0 in their Europa League opener on matchday 1, Chelsea extended their record against Greek sides to a five match winning streak. We expect the London outfit to go in with a new look squad, resting several key players with qualification to the round of 32 already secured.
Vorskla Poltava Vs Arsenal
Arsenal’s Europa League match has been switched to Kiev from Poltava because of ‘security concerns’, following Ukraine’s decision to impose martial law amid rising tensions with Russia. Uefa’s emergency panel took a decision to change the venue, rather than postponing the game, announcing the change of venue just 48 hours before the game was scheduled to kick off in Poltava.
While the news comes as good news for Arsenal with a shorter journey at hand now ahead of their derby against Tottenham on Sunday, tensions will be at an all-time high in Ukraine when they will visit. With Arsenal going in with mostly youth players for the match and Poltava with nothing to lose, we expect the home side to bring an end to Arsenal’s unbeaten streak on Friday.
Matchday 5 Schedule (All timings are in IST)