Arsenal, Chelsea Travel As Europa League Returns With Knockout Clashes
The Europa League is Europe’s second-tier club football competition

European giants Chelsea, Inter Milan, and Arsenal will be in action on Thursday as Europe’s second tier inter-club competition, Uefa Europa League, returns with round of 32 duels.

While the Gunners, who are one position ahead of Chelsea in the Premier League are guests of BATE Borisov, the Blues, who won the Europa League title in 2013, will take on Swedish side Malmo FF.

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Europa League specialists Sevilla (five-time winners) will take on Rome-based Lazio even as Valencia visit Celtic in Scotland.

Former European champions Inter Milan are guests of Rapid Wien, while Turkish heavyweights Galatasaray confront former European kings Benfica.

Europa League round of 32 first-leg matches

6:55pm: BATE Borisov vs Arsenal
6:55pm: FC Krasnodar vs Bayer Leverkusen

6:55pm: Galatasaray vs Benfica
6:55pm: Lazio vs Sevilla

6:30pm: Olympiacos vs Dynamo Kyiv
6:55pm: Rapid Wien vs Inter Milan

6:55pm: Rennes vs Real Betis
6:55pm: Slavia Prague vs Genk

9:00pm: Celtic vs Valencia
9:00pm: Club Brugge vs Salzburg

9:00pm: FC Zurich vs Napoli
9:00pm: Malmo FF vs Chelsea

9:00pm: Shakhtar vs Eintracht Frankfurt
9:00pm: Sporting Lisbon vs Villareal

9:00pm: Viktoria Plzen vs Dinamo Zagreb