Europa League: 6 Games to Watch on Matchday 1

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Europa League: 6 Games to Watch on Matchday 1
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On Thursday, the group stage of the Europa League gets underway with 24 matches.

Unlike the Champions League, which has 32 clubs in the group stage, the Europa League has 48 clubs in their group stage.

This year's group stage features storied clubs like Liverpool and Inter Milan as well as last season's winner, Atletico Madrid and runner-up Athletic Bilbao.

Here are six matches that you should keep your eye on during Matchday 1 play on Thursday.

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