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Europa League Matchday 1 preview: Stats, team news, key games for 2019/20 UEL kick-off

September 19, 2019 By Ali M.
The UEFA Europa League returns on Thursday! Here's everything you need to know as Arsenal, Man Utd, Frankfurt, Porto, Wolves, Roma, and many others begin their campaign to win the title.

2019/20 UEFA Europa League Matchday 1 fixtures - time and date

Thursday, September 19, 2019

  • APOEL vs F91 Dudelange at 12:55 ET/16:55 GMT

  • Basel vs Krasnodar at 12:55 ET/16:55 GMT

  • CFR Cluj vs Lazio at 12:55 ET/16:55 GMT

  • Dynamo Kyiv vs Malmö FF at 12:55 ET/16:55 GMT

  • Eintracht Frankfurt vs Arsenal at 12:55 ET/16:55 GMT

  • Getafe vs Trabzonspor at 12:55 ET/16:55 GMT

  • København vs Lugano at 12:55 ET/16:55 GMT

  • LASK Linz vs Rosenborg at 12:55 ET/16:55 GMT

  • PSV vs Sporting CP at 12:55 ET/16:55 GMT

  • Qarabağ vs Sevilla at 12:55 ET/16:55 GMT

  • Rennes vs Celtic at 12:55 ET/16:55 GMT

  • Standard Liège vs Vitória Guimarães at 12:55 ET/16:55 GMT

  • Borussia M'gladbach vs Wolfsberger AC at 15:00 ET/19:00 GMT

  • Espanyol vs Ferencváros at 15:00 ET/19:00 GMT

  • Gent vs Saint-Étienne at 15:00 ET/19:00 GMT

  • Ludogorets vs CSKA Moskva at 15:00 ET/19:00 GMT

  • Manchester United vs Astana at 15:00 ET/19:00 GMT 

  • Partizan vs AZ at 15:00 ET/19:00 GMT

  • Porto vs Young Boys at 15:00 ET/19:00 GMT

  • Rangers vs Feyenoord at 15:00 ET/19:00 GMT

  • Roma vs İstanbul Başakşehir at 15:00 ET/19:00 GMT

  • Slovan Bratislava vs Beşiktaş at 15:00 ET/19:00 GMT

  • Wolfsburg vs Oleksandria at 15:00 ET/19:00 GMT

  • Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Sporting Braga at 15:00 ET/19:00 GMT

Team news/injuries

CFR Cluj vs Lazio

Injured: Luiz Felipe, Jordan Lukaku (Lazio)

Suspended: Marusic

Frankfurt vs Arsenal 

Injured: Marco Russ (Frankfurt); Lacazette, Tierney, Bellerin, Mavropanos (Arsenal)

PSV vs Sporting CP

Injured: Sam Lammers, Gaston Pereiro, Yanick van Osch (PSV);Jovane Cabral, Stefan Ristovski, Rodrigo Battaglia (Sporting)

Qarabag vs Sevilla

Injured: Ozobic (Qarabag); Nolito (Sevilla)

Suspended: Ocampos (Sevilla)

Man UTD vs Astana 

Injuries: Luke Shaw, Eric Bailly, Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Daniel James 9Man Utd0

Doubts: Jesse Lingard, Diogo Dalot (Man Utd)

Porto vs Young Boys 

Injured: Sergio Oliveira (Porto); Mohamed Ali Camara, Sandro Lauper, Miralem Sulejmani, Christopher Martins Pereira, Marvin Spielmann (Young Boys)

Doubt: Guillaume Hoarau

Roma vs Başakşehir 

Injured: Davide Zappacosta, Diego Perotti, Cengiz Under (Roma)

Unavailable: Arda Turan (Başakşehir)

Wolves vs Braga 

Injured: Murilo Souza, Raul Silva, Vitor Tormena, Tiago Sa, Wilson Eduardo (Braga)

Doubt: Wallace (Braga)

Key stats

  • Frankfurt are unbeaten in five matches against visitors from England, but they have won only two of those fixture (D3).

  • Arsenal’s away record in this competition is W9 D1 L4, conceding 12 but scoring 25.

  • This is the first-ever meeting between PSV and Sporting CP.

  • PSV haven’t fared well against Portuguese oppositions, losing four and winning only three of their 13 clashes with clubs from the Primeira Liga (D6).

  • Porto will take on Young Boys for the very first time on Thursday having never lost a home game to a Swiss side before in four previous match-ups (W3, D1).

  • Man United have lost four of their last six home games in the Champions League but in the Europa League alone, the Red Devils are unbeaten at Old Trafford.

  • Wolves will be making a seventh UEFA encounter with a club from Portugal in their clash with Braga, having recorded wins in five of the previous six.

  • Roma have hosted clubs from Turkey on four previous occasions, winning three and drawing the other, thus earning an unbeaten home record.

Key talking point ahead of Matchday 1

Will Arsenal suffer another embarrassment?

Throwing away a 2-0 lead against the bottom-placed club is always an embarrassment and this is exactly what Arsenal did in their clash with Watford. A first-half brace from Aubameyang was canceled out in the second half due to a shambolic performance from the midfield and defense.

Emery garnered heavy criticism after that collapse, with the Gunners making yet another costly defensive error courtesy of Sokratis before David Luiz gave away a second penalty in three games. The Greek center-back has been left out of the squad, alongside Ozil, which has raised some eyebrows. A result is needed, or pressure will continue to pile up on the Spanish manager.

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