Manchester United and Manchester City both face deficits heading into the second legs of their respective Europa League Round of 16 ties. Athletic Bilbao managed three goals in a 3-2 win at Old Trafford last week, putting the favored Red Devils in a corner as they head to Spain. City's hill is not as daunting, as they return home trailing Sporting Lisbon, 1-0.
A few Americans have their European fates in the balance as well. Jozy Altidore's AZ Alkmaar holds a 2-0 edge over Udinese heading into their match in Italy; Steve Cherundolo's Hannover 96 nurses an away-goal edge after a 2-2 draw with Standard Liege in their first leg; and Jermaine Jones' Schalke needs to come up with a home comeback after dropping a 1-0 result to FC Twente.
If you will be watching any of Thursday's Europa League matches, please feel free to share any thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below. Enjoy the action (TV schedule is after the jump):
THURSDAY'S EUROPA LEAGUE ON TV
2 p.m. – GOLTV – Athletic Bilbao vs. Manchester United
2 p.m. – DirecTV – Udinese vs. AZ Alkmaar
2 p.m. – DirecTV – PSV Eindhoven vs. Valencia
2 p.m. – DirecTV – Hannover 96 vs. Standard Liege
4 p.m. – GOLTV – Manchester City vs. Sporting Lisbon
4 p.m. – DirecTV – Schalke vs. FC Twente
4 p.m. – DirecTV – Olympiakos vs. Metalist Kharkiv
4 p.m. – DirecTV – Besiktas vs. Atletico Madrid