Date: 14th September 2017 at 8:02am
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The 2017-18 season continues with the opening round of Europa League group games this week, which will see us among those involved in this schedule with a victory of course the aim.

What will happen in this one? Cast your vote so we know if you think it’ll be all smiles or disappointment come the full time whistle.

Included in this round of games are Lyon, who will probably be one of the fancied sides in this competition – if taken seriously – and the French side will get underway against Apollon Limassol.

The same (being favoured to do well) would apply to Everton – the Toffees start with a tough trip to Italy to take on Atalanta. Meanwhile, another Italian club, AC Milan, who would, well, until recent years anyway, have been expected to be in the Champions League, return to European football when they travel to Austria to face Austria Wien.

On the topic of Champions League, Arsenal have become familiar with this in the past 20 years but the Gunners dropped into the Europa League this season – how seriously Arsene Wenger will take it remains to be seen – and they start with a game in London against Cologne.

Marseille and Lazio would be another pair of clubs looking to return to the top European competition in the not too distant future, the French and Italian clubs face meetings with Turkish and Dutch clubs respectively.


Thursday 14th September
Apollon Limassol v Lyon 18:00
Atalanta v Everton 18:00
BSC Young Boys Bern v Partizan Belgrade 18:00
Dynamo Kiev v Skenderbeu 18:00
FC Copenhagen v Lokomotiv Moscow 18:00
FK Austria Wien v AC Milan 18:00
Hoffenheim v Braga 18:00
Istanbul Buyuksehir v Ludogorets 18:00
Rijeka v AEK Athens 18:00
Slavia Prague v Maccabi Tel Aviv 18:00
Villarreal v Astana 18:00
Zlín v Sheriff Tiraspol (Mol) 18:00
Arsenal v Cologne 20:05
Crvena Zvezda v BATE Borisov 20:05
FC Steaua Bucuresti v FC Viktoria Plzen 20:05
FC Zorya Luhansk v Ostersunds FK 20:05
Hapoel Beer-Sheva v FC Lugano 20:05
Hertha Berlin v Athletic Bilbao 20:05
Marseille v Konyaspor 20:05
Real Sociedad v Rosenborg 20:05
Vardar v Zenit St. Petersburg 20:05
Vitesse Arnhem v Lazio 20:05
Vitoria de Guimaraes v Red Bull Salzburg 20:05
Zulte-Waregem v Nice 20:05

It goes without saying the expectation; most definitely the hope at least, will be for a positive result. But will this happen? We’ll find out soon enough.

Ahead of the game we’re looking for your views on what way you think it will go, which requires you to vote in the latest poll in one of the options you have been given.

However, don’t just look also have a say. We don’t just want your vote, which you can do to the right; we also want some thoughts and views ahead of the game as well so share these below.