Europa League/Europa Conference League preview: Rangers, West Ham, Leicester City ties in balance

Team news, stats and how to follow the Europa League and Europa Conference League quarter-final second legs on Thursday night.

European action resumes on Thursday evening for West Ham, Rangers and Leicester City, with the trio bidding for a place in the semi-finals of their respective competitions.

The Hammers’ Europa League meeting with Lyon is nicely poised after the first leg finished 1-1 in East London, while Rangers must overturn a 1-0 deficit against Braga having reached the quarter-finals of a major European competition for the first time since 2007-08.

Leicester visit PSV Eindhoven for a place in the final four of the Europa Conference League after the first leg ended in a stalemate at the King Power Stadium, while AS Roma, Marseille and Feyenoord all remain in the hunt.European football: 2021/22 dates

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  • Kick-Off 8pm: Lyon vs West Ham (agg 1-1)

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    • Lyon and West Ham met for the first time in Europe last time out. It was only the sixth time that Lyon have drawn away from home in the first leg of a European knockout tie, progressing in three of the previous five instances, most recently against Chornomorets Odesa in this competition in 2013-14.
    • West Ham failed to win the first leg of a major European knockout tie when playing at home for the fourth time; they were eliminated in each of the previous three instances – 1965-66 vs Borussia Dortmund, 1980-81 vs Dinamo Tbilisi and 2006-07 vs Palermo.
    • Lyon (P9 W6 D3 L0) are one of two sides yet to lose in the UEFA Europa League this season having come through the group stages, along with Eintracht Frankfurt. It’s the third time they’ve gone nine games without defeat in a single season in major European competition (2013-14 Europa League, 2005-06 Champions League), never going 10 such games without a loss.
    • West Ham have lost each of their last three knockout stage away games in major European competition, failing to score in all three matches: 1999-2000 vs FCSB (UEFA Cup), 2006-07 vs Palermo (UEFA Cup), and in the last round against Sevilla.
    • Lyon have only failed to score in one of their last 28 matches in the UEFA Europa League, with that game coming away to Atalanta in the group stages in 2017-18. They haven’t failed to score at home in the competition since a quarter-final match against Juventus in 2013-14.

    How to follow on Sky Sports: Follow Lyon vs West Ham with our dedicated live blog.

    Kick-Off 8pm: Rangers vs Braga (add 0-1)

    Abel Ruiz celebrates scoring for Braga
    Abel Ruiz celebrates scoring for Braga in the first leg

    Team news: Rangers defender Filip Helander has been ruled out for the rest of the season after picking up an injury in the 4-0 win over St Mirren last weekend. The Sweden international was left on crutches after limping out of the match in Paisley.


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    Published Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2022 09:18:00 BST

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