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 of the quarter-final stages with a place in the last four at stake for three English clubs.
ITV has live coverage of Tottenham’s clash against FC Basel, as well both legs of Newcastle United’s tie Portuguese giants Benfica, both of which will be shown on ITV4.
Chelsea’s tie against Russian side Rubin Kazan will shown exclusively live on ESPN, with the second leg between Lazio and Fenerbahce also live on the subscription channel.
Details of how to follow the UEFA Europa League quarter-final games below:
Chelsea’s second leg of their quarter-final encounter against Russian side Rubin Kazan will be exclusively live on ESPN.
The game comes in the middle of a hectic period for Chelsea, who will face Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final just 72 hours after this tie.
Chelsea should be confident as they head to Russia after they established a 3-1 lead in the first leg thanks to two goals from Fernando Torres.
Rafa Benitez will be keen for Chelsea’s good knock-out form to continue as he looks to end his season in double cup glory.
The Spaniard has already enjoyed success in the Europa League’s previous incarnation, the UEFA Cup, with Valencia in 2004.
Opponents Rubin Kazan have impressed in this season’s competition, including ending Atletico Madrid’s dominant home winning streak when they faced the Spanish outfit in the Round of 32.
Atletico had won every single home game of the season – 19 in a row – before Rubin defeated them 2-0.
Ray Stubbs introduces live coverage on ESPN with match commentary from Jon Champion and Craig Burley.
Tottenham face a tough task in Switzerland as they travel to FC Basel for the 2nd leg of their Europa League quarter-final with place in the last four of the competition at stake.
Spurs salvaged a 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane to the Swiss champions last week having come from 2-0 down with goals from Emmanuel Adebayor and Gylfi Siggrdsson rescuing the home side.
Last season FC Basel showed their pedigree knocking Manchester United out of the Champions League group stages.
The Swiss outfit have only failed to win one match on home soil in this season’s Europa competition, a 2-2 draw with Genk in the group stage, so Spurs will have to be at their best if they are to emerge victorious, having drawn 2-2 at home in the first leg.
Andre Villas-Boas’ men have yet to record an away victory in this European campaign, drawing all three of their group-stage fixtures versus Lazio, Panathinaikos and Maribor, before rescuing another draw away to Lyon in the last-32, and suffering a heavy 4-1 defeat to Inter Milan.
Matt Smith presents ITV’s live coverage from St Jakob-Park starting at 7.45pm ahead of an 8.05pm kick-off.
Gareth Southgate and Gordon Strachan provide studio analysis while match commentary comes from Peter Drury and Jim Beglin.
It is a big ask for Newcastle United as they look to overturn a 3-1 deficit against Portuguese giants Benfica at St James’ Park.
Alan Pardew’s men will have to return to goal-scoring ways after managing just two goals in their two previous knockout-stage ties, both of which were enough to secure 1-0 aggregate victories over Metalist Kharkiv and FC Anzhi Makhachkala.
However, they have only managed to register more than one goal in a home match on one occasion during this European campaign, when beating Bordeaux 3-0, and need a minimum of two in the 90 minutes if they are to stand a chance of progressing via the away-goal rule.
Lynsey Hipgrave presents ITV4’s live coverage from St James’ Park which will also include highlights of FC Basel v Tottenham Hotspur and Rubin Kazan v Chelsea.
Match commentary will be provided by Clive Tyldesley and Andy Townsend.
Fenerbahce were convincing 2-0 winners in the first leg of this quarter-final tie meaning Lazio will have to produce a quality comeback to progress.
Goals from Pierre Webo and Dirk Kuyt last Thursday mean Fenerbahce are firmly in the driving seat ahead of the second leg.
Lazio’s cause was dented somewhat in the first leg by the sending off of midfielder Ogenyi Onazi, meaning the Biancocelesti will be without his services at the Stadio Olimpico.
The game will also be played behind doors as part of Lazio’s punishment for repeated episodes of racist behaviour from supporters – the latest incident coming in February’s last-32 clash with Borussia Monchengladbach.
Ray Stubbs introduces live coverage on ESPN with match commentary from Derek Rae.
Thursday 4th April Tottenham Hotspur v FC Basel – Quarter Final, 1st Leg Kick-off: 20:05 | LIVE: 7.45pm-10.10pm – ITV Benfica v Newcastle United – Quarter Final, 1st Leg Kick-off: 20:05 | LIVE: 7.30pm-10.30pm – ITV4 Chelsea v Rubin Kazan – Quarter Final, 1st Leg Kick-off: 20:05 | LIVE: 7.30pm-10.30pm – ESPN UEFA Europa League Extra Time – Highlights 10.45pm-11.45pm – ITV Thursday 11th April Rubin Kazan (1) v (3) Chelsea – Quarter Final, 2nd Leg Kick-off: 17:00 | LIVE: 4.30pm-7.15pm – ESPN FC Basel (2) v (2) Tottenham Hotspur – Quarter Final, 2nd Leg Kick-off: 20:05 | LIVE: 7.45pm-10.15pm – ITV Newcastle United (1) v (3) Benfica – Quarter Final, 2nd Leg Kick-off: 20:05 | LIVE: 7.30pm-10.30pm – ITV4 Lazio (0) v (2) Fenerbahce – Quarter Final, 2nd Leg Kick-off: 20:05 | LIVE: 8.00pm-10.30pm – ESPN Friday 12th April UEFA Europa League Highlights 9.55pm-10.55pm – 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. . .