The group stage of the UEFA Europa League 2022-23 season gets underway on Thursday. Matchday 1 of this season’s UEL will see an in-form Manchester United host Spain’s Real Sociedad at Old Trafford in Group E on Friday.
Manchester United, the 2017 champions, are on a hot-streak and come into the contest having won their last four matches in the English Premier League (EPL).
However, Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag may start the Real Sociedad match with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Victor Lindelof, who have mostly been on the bench in the previous four EPL matches.
The Manchester United vs Real Sociedad UEL 2022-23 match kicks off at 12:30 AM IST on Friday in India. Watch live streaming.
Arsenal, currently leading the EPL points table after six games, will kick off their campaign against Switzerland's FC Zurich on Thursday in Group A.
Arsenal have included their summer signings Marquinhos and Matt Smith in their Europa League set-up and head coach Mikel Arteta is expected to hand his new signings some crucial minutes against Zurich.
The UEL 2022-23 group stage will have 32 teams divided into eight groups of four. Each team will play the other three in the group twice (home and away).
The top team from each group will advance to the round of 16 while the group runners-up will have to compete with the eight third-placed teams dropping down from the UEFA Champions League group stages in an additional round.
Teams finishing third in their Europa League groups will go into a playoff round to enter the Europa Conference League.
Roma, managed by Jose Mourinho, will eye their second successive continental title after winning the Europa Conference League earlier in the year.
Roma will begin their Europa League campaign against Ludogorets of Bulgaria in Group C. Other notable football clubs in action on matchday 1 will be Spain's Real Betis, French club AS Monaco, and Italy’s Lazio.
The UEL 2022-23 final will be played at the Puskas Arena in Budapest, Hungary on May 31 next year.
Last season’s winners Eintracht Frankfurt will be competing in the UEFA Champions League 2022-23 group stages.
UEFA Europa League 2022-23: Teams and groups
Group A – Arsenal, PSV Eindhoven, FK Bodo/Glimt, FC Zurich
Group B – FC Dynamo Kyiv, Stade Rennais FC, Fenerbahce SK, AEK Larnaca FC
Group C – AS Roma, PFC Ludogorets, Real Betis Balompie, HJK Helsinki
Group D – SC Braga, Malmo FF, FC Union Berlin, R Union Saint-Gilloise
Group E – Manchester United, Real Sociedad, FC Sheriff Tiraspol, Omonoia FC
Group F – SS Lazio, Feyenoord, FC Midtjylland, SK Sturm Graz
Group G – Olympiacos FC, Qarabag FK, SC Freiburg, FC Nantes
Group H – FK Crvena zvezda, AS Monaco FC, Ferencvarosi TC, Trabzonspor AS
Where to watch UEFA Europa League 2022-23 live in India
Select matches of the UEFA Europa League 2022-23 season will be telecast live on Sony SIX, Sony SIX HD, Sony TEN 1 and Sony TEN 1 HD TV channels in India.
Live streaming of UEL 2022-23 will be available on SonyLIV and JioTV.
UEFA Europa League 2022-23 matchday 1 schedule and match times
All the times are in Indian Standard Time (IST)
Thursday, September 8
FC Zurich vs Arsenal - 10:15 PM IST
PSV Eindhoven vs FK Bodo/Glimt - 10:15 PM IST
AEK Larnaca vs Stade Rennais - 10:15 PM IST
Fenerbahce vs Dynamo Kyiv - 10:15 PM IST
Ludogorets Razgrad vs AS Roma - 10:15 PM IST
HJK Helsinki vs Real Betis - 10:15 PM IST
Malmo vs Braga - 10:15 PM IST
Union Berlin vs Union Saint-Gilloise - 10:15 PM IST
Friday, September 9
Manchester United vs Real Sociedad - 12:30 AM IST
Omonia Nicosia vs FC Sheriff - 12:30 AM IST
Lazio vs Feyenoord - 12:30 AM IST
Sturm Graz vs FC Midtjylland - 12:30 AM IST
Freiburg vs Qarabag FK - 12:30 AM IST
Nantes vs Olympiacos - 12:30 AM IST
FK Crvena Zvezda vs AS Monaco - 12:30 AM IST
Ferencvaros vs Trabzonspor - 12:30 AM IST