Europa League: 5 Matches to Watch on Thursday

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Europa League: 5 Matches to Watch on Thursday
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The big clubs of Europe have already started play in the UEFA Champions League this week, but some unexpected clubs are stuck in the UEFA Europa League this season.

The playoff round featuring 62 clubs begins on Thursday, with the second leg of each match happening next Thursday, August 30th.

After the playoff round, the winning clubs from each set of matches will advance to the group stage, just like in the Champions League, but the group stage in the Europa League features 48 clubs instead of 32.

With the usual suspects in the Europa League all starting off in the playoff round, the focus will be on Liverpool and Inter Milan, arguably the two biggest clubs in the round.

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