Europa League TV games in UAE: Man United v Fenerbahce late, Inter v Southampton early

A guide to the Europa League action on TV on Thursday night in the UAE.

Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic controls the ball against Liverpool on Monday night. Paul Ellis / AFP
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Below, a guide to the Europa League action on TV on Thursday night in the UAE.

9pm games

• BeIN Sports 1HD (Arabic) & 11HD (English), Inter Milan v Southampton: As Greg Lea writes for The National, these are two teams who not too long ago occupied completely different stratospheres of football. In theory, now they're on equal footing, but even that is being generous to Inter, who are a thoroughly pedestrian 11th in Serie A. Recent results include losses to Cagliari, Chievo and both of their Europa League matches so far, to Sparta Prague and Hapoel Be'er Sheva. Southampton, meanwhile, have regained their footing as the Premier League's serial overachievers.

• BeIN Sports 2HD, Qarabag v PAOK: Azerbaijan side looking for a result after 5-1 hammering from Fiorentina last time out in this competition, against a PAOK club without loss in nine straight matches.

• BeIN Sports 3HD (Arabic) & 17HD (Spanish), Celta Vigo v Ajax: Ajax in the remarkable position of looking up at Feyenoord in the Netherlands, where latter still have a 100 per cent record, while Celta, last season's fun story in Spain, are perhaps more appropriately back in 12th so far this year.

• BeIN Sports 4HD, Slovan Liberec v Fiorentina: Florence side Fiorentina struggling mightily in Serie A (14th) have only six goals in eight matches this season outside slamming Qarabag, looking for salve against a Liberec side in Czech Republic's bottom three at the moment (nine points from nine matches).

• BeIN Sports 5HD, Krasnodar v Schalke: Russian side's Joaozinho is joint-top of the scoring charts with three already in this competition, and they impressively blasted French leaders Nice 5-2 at home in the last match, a worrisome sign for Schalke, third-from-bottom in the Bundesliga.

• BeIN Sports 6HD, Salzbug v OGC Nice: Nice are top of the Ligue 1 table (four points ahead of PSG) but own two losses from two tries in the Europa League, though Mario Balotelli scored his first European goal for the club last round, and as it happens Salzburg are also at two losses so far.

• BeIN Sports 10HD, Osmanlispor v Villarreal: Villarreal are level on points with Barcelona in Spain, believe it or not, and after reaching the semi-finals last year might be a good shout to supplant Sevilla as Spain's dominant side in this competition — they look to stay on top of the group against an Osmanlispor side whose only previous European experience is the 2005 Intertoto Cup.

• BeIN Sports 12HD, Steaua Bucharest v FC Zurich: Steaua are fine in Romania, as usual, but enter this match with one goal in four European matches this season, as Zurich seek to move beyond the group stage in this competition for the first time since 2007/08.

11.05pm games

• BeIN Sports 1HD (Arabic) and 11HD (English), Manchester United v Fenerbahce: Jose Mourinho supposedly got his mojo back in stifling Liverpool, he'll get another test of that against a Fenerbahce team who boast a plenty of recognisable names like Robin van Persie, Martin Skrtel, Emmanuel Emenike, Gregory van der Wiel and Jeremain Lens. If United can't manage a win, it will make it very, very difficult to even advance out of the group stage.

• BeIN Sports 2HD, Feyenoord v Zorya Luhansk: Feyenoord might be the surprise of Europe this season, with 11 wins in their last 12 and a perfect record in the Dutch Eredivisie, and Danish striker Nicolai Jorgensen has four goals in as many games, with Ukraine's third-place side visiting.

• BeIN Sports 3HD (Arabic) and 17HD (Spanish), Genk v Athletic Bilbao: Bilbao, quarterfinalists in the Uefa Cup a year ago have only one goal as a team so far after Aritz Aduriz was the tournament's top scorer last year. But Genk won't make it easy — they have one of this year's top scorers so far, Jamaican Leon Bailey, and dropped Sassuolo 3-1 last time out — the same Sassuolo who beat Athletic 3-0 in their opener.

• BeIN Sports 4HD, AS Roma v Austria Vienna: Roma have started to hit their stride it seems, beating Napoli and Inter Milan in their last two in Serie A, and face Austria Vienna in the midst of a five-match stretch with just one win. It will be a big result either way with the two joint-top in the group, each on four points.

• BeIN Sports 5HD, Mainz v Anderlecht: This is another match between two teams at the top of their group on four points, and finds both Rhineland-Palatinate side Mainz and Belgian table-toppers Anderlecht in a nice stretch of four wins from their last six.

• BeIN Sports 6HD, Saint-Etienne v Gabala: French side Saint-Etienne have played a couple of forgettable 1-1 draws in this competition so far, and need the three points against struggling Azerbaijan club Gabala to try to keep pace with Mainz and Anderlecht.

• BeIN Sports 7HD, Olympiakos v Astana: Early Greek table-toppers Olympiakos hoping to bounce back from a bit of a surprising loss to Apoel Nicosia last month, as last season's shock Champions League group-stage participants Astana seek a first win.

• BeIN Sports 8HD, Rapid Vienna v Sassuolo: Sassuolo started out looking like a surprise threat in Italy, but have settled back into 10th, while Rapid are in a shock fifth (of 10) in Austria, among those looking up at surprise leaders Sturm Graz; there's little to suggest either side have an edge.

• BeIN Sports 12HD, Dundalk v Zenit Saint Petersburg: Ciaran Kilduff has two goals in just 32 minutes of action in the Uefa Cup so far, and the Irish side who very nearly reached the Champions League group stage have held their own so far in the Europa League, with a win and a draw — joint-leaders in Russia and well top of the group, Zenit will be a big test though.

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