England’s Manchester United and Arsenal will be hoping for an all-English final when they begin their UEFA Europa League semi-final fixtures against AS Roma and Villarreal, respectively, on Friday.
Though the giants have had contrasting seasons in the English Premier League, Man United and Arsenal have been a force to be reckoned with in Europe.
Man United have had a strong run in the continental competition ever since their exit from the UEFA Champions League after the group stages.
United have impressed in the UEL knock-outs stages with dominating wins over Real Sociedad and Granada. Their victory against AC Milan in the round of 16, however, was challenging.
Meanwhile, AS Roma are hoping to make their first European final in 30 years.
“We know their strength, and Manchester United are certainly favourites, but the very fact that we've got to the semi-finals gives us the right to believe,” Roma’s Edin Dzeko told the UEFA website.
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal too have been commanding in the UEFA Europa League. They beat Benfica 4-3 in the Round of 32, followed it up with a 3-2 win over Olympiacos in the last 16 before dispatching Slavia Praha 5-1 in the quarter-finals.
However, Arsenal will be without the injured Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, David Luiz and Kieran Tierney for the game, and will make it easy for Villarreal to put up a fight.
For Villarreal boss Unai Emery, the match against Arsenal will be an opportunity to prove himself to his former employers.
UEFA Europa League semi-finals leg 1 fixtures, schedule and live match times for India
Friday, April 30
Manchester United vs AS Roma - 12:30 AM IST
Villarreal vs Arsenal - 12:30 AM IST
Where to watch the UEFA Europa League live in India?
The UEFA Europa League semi-finals, Manchester United vs AS Roma and Villarreal vs Arsenal, will be telecast live on Sony TEN 2 and Sony SIX, and their respective HD TV channels in India.
Live streaming of UEL in India will be available on SonyLIV.