EUROPA LEAGUE THURSDAYS – GAMEWEEK 3As the Champions League wraps up for another week, attention turns to Thursday night’s football, where Manchester United travel to Cyprus to face Neil Lennon’s Omonia Nicosia before Arsenal host Bodo/Glimt. Whilst of course the Champions League is the premier competition, our 2-4-1 deal with Heineken carries over into Thursday’s football from 5pm to 8pm, so be sure to head on down to a We Love Sport venue & claim your 2-4-1 drinks. Differing derby days Both United and Arsenal come into their continental fixtures off of the back of two derby games, however with two very differing results. Manchester United got humbled 6-3 by Manchester City, which is incredibly a scoreline that FLATTERS United, whilst Arsenal stayed top of the league with a 3-1 win against Tottenham Hotspur On the back foot already, but can United catch Sociedad? Manchester United are currently 2nd in their group behind Real Sociedad, who defeated them in gameweek 1 and they travel to Cyprus needing a win to keep the pressure on the Spanish side. United did record a victory over Moldovan side Sheriff Tiraspol, however when the groups were drawn, it was relatively obvious that the team who topped this group would be the winner of Sociedad and United.
[fixture id=11000 btn label="Book Now"]The Red Devils have gone through spells of shocking form, and then solid form under ten H ag. The struggle to find consistency is already harming the team in the league and whilst it is only Omonia Nicosia, United will be wanting to assert their dominance Thursday night in the hope of gaining a bit more confidence after their thrashing at the Etihad. Anthony Martial made a goalscoring return to the side, so it can be expected he will get minutes, but Raphael Varane went off injured in the derby, so it’s safe to assume he’ll miss out. Arteta’s Arsenal flying it After a lot of speculation over his future, Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal are finally performing to the standard he knew they would get to. 1 loss in all competitions so far and sitting pretty at the top of the league, the Gunners are looking to carry on their form into Europe. Queen Elizabeth II’s death led to Arsenal’s home game against PSV being cancelled, but they did beat FC Zurich 2-1, so they have a 100% record so far as they welcome Norwegian side Bodo/Glimt. Whilst their name is unusual, they are no joke, proven by their 6-1 demolition of Roma last season.
[fixture id=11002 btn label="Book Now"]Injury wise, Arsenal are looking okay. Martin Odegaard, Kieran Tierney, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Thomas Partey all returned to the side at the weekend, but Emile Smith-Rowe is sidelined until January 2023 at the earliest. The side will probably be rotated however, as there are much tougher ties ahead of the North London club. UEFA Europa Conference League A brief mention for Europe’s third competition, as the Heineken deal also covers these games! West Ham travel to Belgium to face Anderlecht who have been struggling in recent seasons, however in Europe both teams are unbeaten, so its due to be a fun clash. Whilst for Scotland’s Hearts, they travel to Florence to face Italian giants Fiorentina. So far, Hearts have won one of their two games in Europe this year, whilst Fiorentina only have 1 point to show for their efforts.
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