English clubs made it three wins out of three games in the first round of match days in the Europa League and are looking towards continuing that run on Thursday.
For Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta, the Europa League offers some respite from a difficult start to the league that has seen the Gunners lose three of their last four matches, the latest 1-0 on Sunday at home to Leicester City.
They did, however, get three points in the Europa League after coming from behind in Vienna to beat Rapid Wien 2-1 in their opening Group B fixture last week.
On Thursday, Arsenal face Dundalk, who are participating in the group stage of the competition for the second time in their history.
In the 2016/17 season, they became the first Irish club to win a point and a game in that stage of the competition, when they drew with AZ Alkmaar and beat Maccabi Tel Aviv.
But after losing at home to Norwegian club Molde, anything but a defeat for the Irish champions in the Emirates Stadium seems a dream too far and Arsenal fans will expect their team to secure another victory.
For Tottenham Hotspur, their trip to Belgium for their game against Antwerp comes just three days after they were involved in the Premier League against Burnley.
Both Spurs and Antwerp won their opening Group J matches and a win for either side on Thursday will take them a giant step towards the knock-out stages, for which the top two teams from each group qualify.
Spurs coach Jose Mourinho has twice before won the competition – once with Manchester United and once with Porto in 2003, when it was still called UEFA Cup and was a straight knock-out competition.
The Portuguese is proud of his Europa League record. “My record is good. I played the competition twice, I got to the final twice, I won twice. In the Europa League I was never knocked out,” he told journalists before the start of this years’ competition.
Somewhat surprisingly, Leicester City has enjoyed the best start to the season of the three Premier League clubs involved in the Europa League.
The Foxes are fourth in the league on 12 points – just one point behind Everton and Liverpool and on Thursday are away at AEK Athens in their Europa League Group G tie.
Leicester beat Ukrainian club Zorya Luhansk 3-0 in the first matchday, while AEK lost in Braga by the same score.
With plenty of Europa League action to look forward to, African football fans can see all the games on the StarTimes channels, after the continent’s leading digital-TV operator, StarTimes secured the rights to broadcast the matches live and exclusively throughout Africa.
Make sure you do not miss out on the excitement, the thrills and the goals that the Europa League provides.
By Peter Auf der Heyde