Some familiar names from the world of European football adorn the 2012/13 UEFA Europa League season, and ITV and ESPN will be following the competition every step of the way to the final in May at the Amsterdam ArenA.
The knockout phase of this season’s competition continues with the second legs from the Round of 32 stages.
ITV has live coverage of Tottenham’s tie with Lyon and Liverpool’s clash with Zenit St Petersburg, while ESPN has Newcastle United’s tough trip to Ukrainian side Metalist Kharkiv, plus Chelsea’s home tie with Sparta Prague.
Details of how to follow all the latest live UEFA Europa League last 32 games below:
Tottenham travel to France to face Olympique Lyonnais in the return leg of their Last 32 clash at the Stade Gerland.
Spurs recorded a 2-1 win in the first leg thanks to a brace of superb free-kicks from Gareth Bale, but will have to be wary of the French outfit, who showed excellent form in front of their own fans during the group stage, winning all three of their contests.
Matt Smith presents live coverage on ITV4 building up from 5.30pm, with Gareth Southgate and Robbie Fowler providing studio analysis and commentary from Peter Drury and Jim Beglin.
Newcastle United retain strong hopes of progressing to the last-16 but Alan Pardew’s men will need to score away from home if they are to continue their Europa League journey.
The Magpies were held to a 0-0 draw by the Ukrainian side in the first leg at St James’ Park, leaving the tie well balanced for when the teams meet again in Kharkiv.
Papiss Cisse had a goal ruled out in each half for offside and missed several other good chances on a frustrating night for the home side.
Ray Stubbs presents live coverage on ESPN from 5.30pm with match commentary from Derek Rae and Chris Waddle.
Liverpool have a tall task ahead of them as they seek to overturn a two-goal deficit from the first leg in their last-32 clash with 2008 UEFA Cup winners Zenit St Petersburg.
The Reds were left frustrated in Russia seven days ago having conceded goals to Hulk and Sergei Semak after spurning a series of excellent opportunities themselves when the scoreline was 0-0.
Should Liverpool pull off another memorable European fightback and progress to the last-16 they will face the winners of FC Basel and FC Dnipro.
Chelsea’s prospects of progressing to the last-16 appear the most favourable of all the English sides in the competition at this stage.
The Blues returned from the Czech Republic with a 1-0 win courtesy of a goal from Oscar eight minutes before the end of the match.
Should Chelsea progress they will go on to meet Ajax or Steaua Bucharest in the next round.
Ray Stubbs presents live coverage on ESPN from 8pm with match commentary from Jon Champion and Craig Burley.
Thursday 21st February Lyon (1) v (1) Tottenham Hotspur – Last 32, 2nd Leg Kick-off: 17:00 | LIVE – 5.30pm-8.00pm – ITV4 Metalist Kharkiv (0) v (0) Newcastle United – Last 32, 2nd Leg Kick-off: 18:00 | LIVE – 5.30pm-8.00pm – ESPN Liverpool (0) v (2) Zenit St Petersburg – Last 32, 2nd Leg Kick-off: 20:05 | LIVE – 7.45pm-10.10pm – ITV Chelsea (1) v (0) Sparta Prague – Last 32, 2nd Leg Kick-off: 20:05 | LIVE – 8.00pm-10.30pm – ESPN Friday 22nd February UEFA Europa League Highlights 6.00pm-7.00pm – ITV4 . .
ITV’s live match coverage, as well additional video clips, interviews and analysis, is available to watch for free via the ITV football website – CLICK HERE
There is no live online streaming of ESPN’s live games, but users can read the latest reports and follow all the action via live text commentaries at ESPN.co.uk.
Online streaming available to UK users only. . .