Arsenal, Chelsea take last steps to Europa League finals

Chelsea’s Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta (R) and Frankfurt’s Japanese midfielder Makoto Hasebe vie for the ball during the UEFA Europa League semi-final first leg football match Eintracht Frankfurt v Chelsea in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany on May 2, 2019. Uwe Anspach / dpa / AFP

English giants, Chelsea and Arsenal will continue their quests for continental glory today when they return to the Europa League at the Stamford Bridge and Mestalla respectively. While Chelsea will host Eintracht in London, Arsenal will travel to Spain for the second leg of their tie against Valencia. Both matches will be broadcast in Nigeria by StarTimes on its Channels 254 and 245

Arsenal could be in for a nervy game after their opponents, Valencia thumped struggling Huesca 6-2 in La Liga at the weekend.

The Gunners appear to have one foot in the Europa League final in Baku, which takes place on May 29, after a 3-1 win at the Emirates Stadium in the first leg. A double from Alexandre Lacazette and a late strike from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang means the Spanish side have it all to do at the Mestalla.

Unai Emery’s side stuttered to a 1-1 draw against Brighton on Sunday, leaving them out of the reckoning for a top four finish in the Premier League. Now, their only realistic chance of qualifying for Europe’s premier competition is by winning the Europa League – and they may have to beat Chelsea in order to do so.

Chelsea, meanwhile, secured their place in next season’s Champions League with a 3-0 win over Watford, although they could be without N’Golo Kante for the second leg of this tie after he came off injured in the first half.

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