The second leg of the Europa League semi-final takes place on Thursday, with Rangers, West Ham, Frankfurt and Leipzig all vying for a place in the final.
West Ham United and Rangers will both compete for a place in the Europa League final while Liverpool and Manchester City hope to reach the Champions League.
In the first leg, both Liverpool and Man City won while West Ham and Rangers lost. Liverpool beat Spanish opponents Villarreal 2-0 and will hope to maintain their lead as they travel to Spain this evening (Tuesday 3 May) while Man City seek to maintain their poor lead after beating Real Madrid 4-3 at the Etihad Stadium last week.
Rangers and West Ham have not had such luck in the first leg matches. West Ham hosted Eintracht Frankfurt but eventually lost 2-1 to the German team at the London Stadium.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side are looking to turn the tables with a ground advantage this week, as they host RB Leipzig at Ibrox, after losing 1-0 last week at Red Bull Arena.
While Liverpool and Man City will enjoy the luxury of being named the best team in Europe, West Ham and Rangers will also be fighting for space in next year’s Champions League if they are to succeed in the second tier of UEFA events.
Will the UEFA Europa League winners win a place in next year’s Champions League?
Yes – simply put, the winners of the 2021/22 Europa League will also earn themselves in the upcoming UEFA Top Level Championship in the 2022/23 season.
So if Rangers’ dream journey continues in the Europa League, we could see him in the Champions League next year.
How do you qualify for the European League?
In the Premier League, it is the fifth-placed team that automatically enters the group stages of the Europa League, while the Carabao Cup winner and FA Cup winner can also enter the competition’s second qualifying round.
However, this changes if the Carabao Cup and FA Cup winners enter Europe through the league as well.
This year, it was Liverpool who won the Carabao Cup, which means that an extra place has been unlocked – they will have qualified for next year’s Champions League by finishing in the top four – and the sixth-placed team in the Premier League can enter the tournament.
As in the Premier League, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur will have these places in the Europa League – however, there is still plenty of time to change that.
How do you qualify for the Champions League?
In order to qualify for the UEFA Champions League, Premier League teams must finish in the top four or have won the UEFA Europa League the previous year.
As in the league at the moment, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal are all guaranteed a place in the Champions League group stage for next season.
In addition, if an English team were to win the Champions League but fail to reach the top four in the Premier League, five teams would enter the competition as last year’s Champions League winners also secure a place in the following year’s event.
What are the upcoming matches in the European League and Champions League?
- Villarreal-Liverpool, 8pm BST, Tuesday 3 May 2022 (0-2 on aggregate)
- Real Madrid-Manchester City, 8pm GMT, Wednesday 4 May 2022 (3-4 in total)
- Rangers – Leipzig, 8pm GMT, Thursday 5 May 2022 (0-1 in total)
- Eintracht Frankfurt – West Ham United, 8pm GMT, Thursday 5 May 2022 (2-1 on aggregate)
What is the deadline for the finalists?
The UEFA Europa League Final is scheduled to take place on May 18, 2022 at 8pm GMT while the UEFA Champions League Final will take place on May 28, 2022 at 8pm GMT.
All matches are available to watch on BT Sport.
In recent years, the Champions League and Europa League final have been made free to watch by UK viewers – thanks to a collaboration between BT Sport and YouTube.