The Europa League is back. The 2019-20 competition was severely delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, and completed via a single-legged mini tournament in Germany.
Despite the unusual situation, the result was extremely familiar – Sevilla beat Inter Milan to win the competition for the fourth time in seven years.
However, there’s still some British interest in the last eight of this year’s competition – Man Utd and Arsenal have both made it to the quarter-finals. Here’s how you can catch all the action.
Europa League fixture
The first legs of all the quarter-finals ties are taking place today, with every match live on BT Sport.
Thursday 8 April
- Granada vs Man Utd – KO 20.00 – BT Sport 2
- Arsenal vs Slavia Prague – KO 20.00 – BT Sport 1
- Dinamo Zagreb vs Villarreal – KO 20.00 – BT Sport ESPN
- Ajax vs Roma – KO 20.00 – BT Sport 3
Head to the UEFA website to see the full Europa League fixture list. The draw for the semi-finals has already been made – it will see Granada/Man Utd play Ajax/Roma, while Dinamo Zagreb/Villarreal will be up against Arsenal/Slavia Prague.
How to watch the Europa League in the UK
BT Sport has exclusive rights to the Europa League in the UK, so you’ll need an active subscription in order to start watching.
Check out all the deals on BT Sport on TV, including if you just want access via the app. If you want access to BT Sport via your existing Sky box, you can easily do so by updating your viewing card. Prices currently start at £10 per month with £29.99 upfront.
BT Sport is also now offering a Monthly Pass, which gives you unlimited access to all the channels for £25 a month. This is contract-free, so you can dip in and out at any time.
Can I watch the Europa League for free?
Unfortunately not, as ITV lost rights to show the Europa League on its free-to-air channels in 2015. However, there are rumours that the broadcaster is in talks to get some live coverage once BT’s current deal ends in 2024.
In the meantime, though, you’ll have to be content with a weekly highlights programme on ITV. The best moments from the games will also be available on the BT Sport YouTube channel shortly after full time.
How to watch the Europa League final abroad
BT Sport is usually geo-restricted, which means you can only officially stream the games if you’re based in the UK.
However, if you are a paying BT Sport or Virgin Media subscriber, you can get around this with a VPN. This will allow you to still appear as if you’re in the UK and retain access to channels, and it’s completely legal.