The Europa League has returned. Just a few months after Man Utd's agonising penalty shootout defeat in last year's competition, we're back in the group stages for 2021-22.

The Red Devils and holders Villarreal are playing each other in the Champions League this season, but there's still plenty of British interest to keep an eye on. Leicester and West Ham are representing the Premier League after strong league campaigns last year, and they'll joined by Rangers in the last 32. Fellow Scottish heavyweights Celtic will finish third and their group and enter the new Europa Conference league.

Here's all you need to know about watching the Europa League this season, wherever you are in the world.

Europa League fixtures

With 16 matches across eight groups taking place, there's always plenty of excitement in the final round of the Europa League group stage. Here are the Matchday 6 ties you can look forward to, alongside UK kick-off times and the BT Sport channel to look out for:

Thu 9 Dec

  • Napoli vs Leicester - KO 17.45 - BT Sport 1 - Both can go through
  • Lyon vs Rangers - KO 17.45 - BT Sport 3 - Both already through
  • West Ham vs Dynamo Zagreb - KO 20.00 - BT Sport ESPN - West Ham through, Dynamo Zagreb can go through
  • Celtic vs Real Betis - KO 20.00 - BT Sport 3 - Celtic out, Betis through
  • Antwerp vs Olympiakos - KO 17.45 - BT Sport (online only) - Antwerp out, Olympiakos through
  • Fenerbahce vs Eintracht Frankfurt - KO 17.45 - BT Sport (online only) - Fenerbahce out, Frankfurt through
  • Legia Warsaw vs Spartak Moscow - KO 17.45 - BT Sport Extra 3 - Both can go through
  • Real Sociedad vs PSV Eindhoven - KO 17.45 - BT Sport Extra 4 - Both can finish second
  • Sparta Prague vs Brondby - KO 17.45 - BT Sport (online only) - Both already out
  • Sturm Graz vs Monaco - KO 17.45 - BT Sport (online only) - Sturm Graz out, Monaco through
  • Ferencvaros vs Bayer Leverkusen - KO 20.00 - BT Sport (online only) - Ferencvaros out, Leverkusen through
  • Genk vs Rapid Vienna - KO 20.00 - BT Sport (online only) - Genk can go through, Rapid Vienna out
  • Lazio vs Galatasaray - KO 20.00 - BT Sport Extra 3 - Both already through
  • Ludogorets vs FC Midtjylland - KO 20.00 - BT Sport (online only) - Ludogorets out, Midtjylland can go through
  • Marseille vs Lokomotiv Moscow - KO 20.00 - BT Sport (online only) - Both already out
  • Braga vs Red Star Belgrade - KO 20.00 - BT Sport Extra 4 - Both can go through

Head to the UEFA website to see a full guide to the Europa League fixtures and results. All the teams that make it through will be joined by the 8 third-placed teams from the Champions League. Check out UEFA's full guide on who needs what to qualify for more information.

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.

There are a few options when it comes to signing up to BT Sport, firstly by combining it with BT Broadband. Put your postcode into the website to see what deals are available.

On the TV side, prices start at £15 per month for the duration of a 24-month contract. In exchange, you'll get all the BT Sport channels and BoxNation, alongside Freeview, AMC and a recordable TV box.

You can also just use the BT Sport app (£15pm) - it works on mobile, tablet, smart TV and console - or buy the Monthly Pass for £25pm. If your device supports it, you'll still be able to watch in up to 4K HDR quality.

Sky customers can get BT Sport added from £20pm. BT also offers a combined package with Sky Sports via Now, which is £40pm with £20 upfront for 24 months.

View all of the BT Sport packages here.

How to watch the Europa League from abroad

BT Sport is geo-restricted, meaning you can only officially watch its coverage if you're based in the UK.

A workaround is available if you're outside this region, but we'd encourage you to find the the local broadcaster first - especially if you're based there permanently. That's CBS and Univision in the US, Stan in Australia or Sony Pictures Networks in the Indian subcontinent.

However, if you already have an active UK subscription, we'd recommend accessing the BT Sport stream using 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. 

Nord VPN is one of our top recommendations, but you can check out our best VPN chart, which shows you some of the best services for accessing UK content from abroad.

If you're only planning on using the VPN for the football, you might also want to consider a free VPN. Nearly all will have a UK server, but there may be strict data limits. 

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