European football

Where to watch: Premier League return, Coppa Italia final and LaLiga action

With the Premier League’s return domestic football will have resumed in England, Germany, Spain and Italy with competitions approaching their climactic finales.

Where to watch: Premier League return, Coppa Italia final and LaLiga action
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For fans starved of live football in recent months this Wednesday brings a whole host of action from the continent’s top leagues.

Here’s everything you need to know about the biggest fixtures…

Aston Villa vs Sheffield United

GMT - 18:00, Spain – 20:00, New York – 14:00, Los Angeles – 11:00, Qatar – 21:00

Exactly 100 days since the Premier League’s last fixture Aston Villa host Sheffield United with both newly-promoted sides battling at opposite ends of the table. Villa lost 4-0 to Leicester in the league’s last game before suspension and they will need to start picking up points if they are to stave off an immediate return to the Championship. A win for Sheffield United will see the Blades jump into fifth place, a potential Champions League place if Manchester City’s continental ban is upheld.

Where to Watch

UK: Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Main Event

Spain: DAZN

US: NBCSN, Telemundo Deportes EN Vivo

Qatar: beIN Sports Arabia 2

Manchester City vs Arsenal

GMT - 20:15, Spain – 22:15, New York – 16:15, Los Angeles –13:15, Qatar – 23:15

The second of the Premier League’s opening night offerings pits master against apprentice as Mikel Arteta returns to the Etihad Stadium with Arsenal. City boss Pep Guardiola called Arteta “an important person in the success” that he has had in England but the Arsenal manager will want to avoid a repeat of the 3-0 scoreline from December. Kevin de Bruyne scored two and assisted the other in the reverse fixture at the Emirates and stifling one of the league’s most creative attacking forces will be vital if Arsenal are to close the gap on Champions League qualification.

Where to Watch

UK: Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Main Event

Spain: DAZN

US: NBCSN, Telemundo Deportes EN Vivo, UNIVERSO

Qatar: beIN Sports Arabia 2

Napoli vs Juventus – 20:00

GMT – 20:00, Spain – 22:00, New York – 16:00, Los Angeles – 13:00, Qatar – 23:00

Serie A does not return until Saturday 20 June but the Coppa Italia resumed last week with victories for Napoli and Juventus setting up a mouth-watering final. Former Napoli boss and proud Napolitan Maurizio Sarri leads his Juventus side in the hope of picking up his first major Italian honour after nearly thirty years as a manager. Last Wednesday’s semi-finals were closely fought and this week’s final at the Stadio Olimpico may well go down to similarly fine margins. Napoli’s Dries Mertins became Napoli’s all-time top scorer with his goal against Inter Milan on Sunday and would love to celebrate that feat with a trophy. Juventus talisman Cristiano Ronaldo looked a little out of sorts and missed a penalty in his side’s semi-final but has consistently proved himself to be a man for the big occasion.

Where to Watch

UK: BT Sport 2

Spain: DAZN

US: ESPN Deportes, ESPN+, ESPN, ESPN Deportes+, Rai Nord America

Osasuna vs Atletico Madrid

GMT - 21:00, Spain – 23:00, New York – 17:00, Los Angeles – 14:00, Qatar – 00:00

The late game in Spain sees Osasuna host Atletico Madrid with the visitors in need of the three points to restart their faltering league campaign. Diego Simeone’s men eliminated Liverpool from the Champions League in their last match before lockdown but laboured to a 13th La Liga draw against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday. They have drawn more games than any other team in the league and will need to start converting those into wins if they are to break into the top four. Diego Costa scored his first goal of 2020 against Bilbao and will want to impress to keep his spot ahead of Álvaro Morata.

Where to Watch

UK: LaLigaTV, Premier Player HD

Spain: Movistar Laliga, Movistar+, Mitele Plus

US: beIN SPORTS, Fanatiz USA

Qatar: beIN Sports HD 3