The Europa League and the Thursday night effect

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“The Europa League takes an even bigger toll [than the Champions League] in my opinion, that’s the problem,” said Harry Redknapp in April 2011. “That Thursday night one, every week, and playing Sundays every week.”

It’s hard not to see his point; almost all teams involved in the Europa League get two days rest between their European match and domestic league fixture. Champions League teams may get up to four or even five days.

But do the supposed disadvantages hold true in reality? I’ve looked at how teams playing on Thursday nights in the UEFA Cup and Europa League have performed relative to expectations on the following Sunday.

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