Today on LiveScore: Big boys enter Europa League battle

Matthew Hill
LiveScore
Xavi will hope to lead Barcelona to Europa League glory
Xavi will hope to lead Barcelona to Europa League glory

After four thrilling Champions League clashes provided Tuesday and Wednesday’s entertainment, this evening is all about the return of the Europa League.

We have all the preview content you need ahead of the contests with plenty of big guns involved.

Europa League focus

In a change of format from previous years, the Europa League knockout round play-offs see the eight group stage runners-up each face off against a side dropping down from the Champions League.

There are some pulsating two-legged ties in store as a result — with Barcelona’s battle with Napoli the star attraction.

Ahead of the blockbuster contest, we look at what kind of impact ex-Wolves wide man Adama Traore is likely to have now he has returned to Catalonia.

Scottish champions Rangers were handed one of the toughest possible draws when pulled out of the hat to face German giants Borussia Dortmund.

The Gers are fortunate that BVB’s talismanic forward Erling Haaland will be sidelined with injury — could the Norwegian be set for a move to Paris Saint-Germain this summer?

The other eye-catching tie sees Porto and Lazio fight it out, with a former West Ham star set to attract most of the attention at the Estadio do Dragao.

Felipe Anderson had a frustrating loan spell with the Portuguese outfit last term where his work rate was questioned. Can he do the business against his former club for Lazio tonight?

Conference League clashes

Brendan Rodgers' Leicester face Randers in the Europa Conference League
Brendan Rodgers' Leicester face Randers in the Europa Conference League

Though Leicester and Celtic both painfully missed out on the Europa League knockout stages, they still hold a chance for continental glory in the Europa Conference League.

The Foxes are enduring a difficult domestic campaign and winning this competition looks their likeliest route into next year’s Europa League.

As they prepare to take on Danish outfit Randers, we put loanee winger Ademola Lookman under the microscope.

For Celtic, things are looking up after a recent derby day win over bitter rivals Rangers saw them seize control of the Scottish Premiership title race.

We look at the impressive recent performances of Ange Postecoglou’s midfield ahead of Norwegian champions Bodo/Glimt’s visit to Glasgow.

More to enjoy

Kylian Mbappe features in our Champions League stars of the week
Kylian Mbappe features in our Champions League stars of the week

Along with all our previews, there is plenty of other content to tuck into.

Harvey Elliott made a surprise start for Liverpool in their 2-0 victory at Inter Milan in the Champions League last night.

Having dislocated his ankle last September, we assess what has been an impressively quick road to recovery for the 18-year-old.

There truly is no better place to make your mark than on Europe’s biggest stage — and some familiar faces came to the party in this week’s Champions League clashes.

See which quartet make up LiveScore’s stars of the week.

Our daily Transfer Talk column keeps you up to speed with the freshest whispers from football’s rumour mill, with today’s edition focusing on the future of in-demand forward Hugo Ekitike.

Meanwhile, LiveScore Daily is your one-stop shop for the day’s key football stories in bite-sized chunks.

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Europa LeagueEuropa Conference League 1BarcelonaSSC NapoliRangersBorussia DortmundLazioFC PortoLeicester CityCelticLiverpoolChampions League
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