Europa League draw guide: Who can Tottenham, Arsenal and Leicester face in the knockout stages as Manchester United drop down to the competition
- UEFA Europa League round-of-32 draw takes place Monday from midday
- All five British clubs are seeded and can face roughly the same opponents
- Benfica, Lille and Real Sociedad among the teams they’ll wish to avoid
- UK viewers can watch the Europa League draw live on BT Sport or UEFA website
- Latest Europa League news, live action and results can be found here
The draw for the last-32 of the UEFA Europa League will take place on Monday lunchtime as the five British clubs discover their fate.
Arsenal, Leicester, Tottenham and Rangers battled their way through the group phase and are all seeded in the draw.
They will be joined by Manchester United, who crashed out of the Champions League following that defeat in Leipzig last week.
But who could Arsenal, Tottenham, Man United, Leicester and Rangers face when the draw is made on Monday?
Sportsmail takes a look at the sides that could stand in the way in the next round as well as providing all you need to know ahead of the midday draw.
Sevilla defeated inter Milan in last season’s UEFA Europa League final – the draw for the last 32 of this year’s competition takes place on Monday lunchtime
The Europa League round-of-32 draw will take place on Monday 14th December at UEFA’s HQ in Nyon, Switzerland.
What time is it?
The draw will commence at midday (GMT) following proceedings regarding the Champions League last-16.
How can I watch it?
BT Sport will show the draw live from midday while UEFA will also stream the proceedings on their website.
The Europa League round-of-32 lineup
- AC Milan (ITA, H)
- Arsenal (ENG, B)
- Ajax (NED*)
- Club Brugge (BEL*)
- Dinamo Zagreb (CRO, K)
- Hoffenheim (GER, L)
- Leicester (ENG, G)
- Leverkusen (GER, C)
- Manchester United (ENG*)
- Napoli (ITA, F)
- PSV Eindhoven (NED, E)
- Rangers (SCO, D)
- Roma (ITA, A)
- Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR*)
- Tottenham (ENG, J)
- Villarreal (ESP, I)
- Antwerp ( BEL, J)
- Benfica (POR, D)
- Braga (POR, G)
- Crvena Zvezda (SRB, L)
- Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)*
- Granada (ESP, E)
- Krasnodar (RUS)*
- LOSC Lille (FRA, H)
- Maccabi Tel-Aviv (ISR, I)
- Molde (NOR, B)
- Olympiacos (GRE)*
- Real Sociedad (ESP, F)
- Salzburg (AUT)*
- Slavia Praha (CZE, C)
- Wolfsberger (AUT, K)
- Young Boys (SUI, A)
*Clubs finished third in Champions League group
Manchester United are resigned to another Europa campaign after losing to Leipzig last week
How does the draw work?
The 12 group winners and 12 runners up from the Europa League are joined by the eight third placed teams exiting from the Champions League.
Seeded teams will consist of the Europa League group winners along with the four best third placed teams dropping in from the Champions League.
These teams are then drawn against the unseeded sides to set up 16 head-to-head matches, with the seeded teams ensured to host the second leg.
The main restrictions heading into the draw are that teams cannot face a team from their Europa League group nor one from the same association.
When does the Europa League round-of-32 start?
The first legs will take place on February 18 while the return fixture follows a week later on February 25.
The 32 teams remaining in the Europa League will be competing for this trophy
Who could Premier League sides face?
Potential opponents: Young Boys, Molde, Slavia Prague, Benfica, Granada, Real Sociedad, Braga, Lille, Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Antwerp, Wolfsberger, Red Star Belgrade
Dream draw: Drawing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s former club Molde would be a nice trip down memory lane for the manager. United shouldn’t have too many issues dispatching the Norwegians, either, seeing as Arsenal stuffed seven goals past them in two group meetings. Drawing Wolfsberger of Austria or Maccabi Tel Aviv would also carry little fear.
One to avoid: The LaLiga high-flyers Real Sociedad would be a far from ideal draw. They finished second to Napoli in their group and are in very impressive form this season. Lille and Benfica would also represent tricky assignments.
The pressure is on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to deliver success in the Europa League this season
Potential opponents: Red Star Belgrade, Krasnodar, Dynamo Kyiv, Olympiacos, Red Bull Salzburg, Young Boys, Slavia Prague, Benfica, Granada, Real Sociedad, Braga, Lille, Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Antwerp, Wolfsberger
Dream draw: Similar to United, the Gunners would be pleased to get Maccabi or Wolfsberger in the last-32.
One to avoid: The Gunners are exposed to four teams dropping down from the Champions League. Krasnodar would be beatable but means an arduous trip to Russia. Olympiacos would stir up bad memories of last season’s exit. Sociedad, Benfica and Lille would be the obvious ones to avoid as well.
Arsenal made light work of their Europa League group – but the real challenge awaits them
Potential opponents: Red Star, Krasnodar, Dynamo Kyiv, Olympiacos, RB Salzburg, Young Boys, Slavia Prague, Benfica, Granada, Real Sociedad, Braga, Lille, Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Wolfsberger
Dream draw: Spurs can roughly be drawn against the same opponents as Arsenal so you’d say that Maccabi, Wolfsberger or Slavia Prague would be the opponents you’d be happy to see drawn alongside your name.
One to avoid: Jose Mourinho makes no secret of his annoyance at long-haul Europa League fixtures, so Krasnodar (and Maccabi as well) will be the games he is dreading. Benfica would certainly be keen to give the former Porto boss one in the eye.
Tottenham finished their Europa League group as winners and will want a favourable draw
Potential opponents: Antwerp, Benfica, Crvena Zvezda, Dynamo Kyiv, Granada, Krasnodar, Lille, Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Molde, Olympiacos, Real Sociedad, RB Salzburg, Slavia Prague, Wolfsberger, Young Boys
Dream draw: As another one of the seeded teams in the draw, having topped their group, Leicester can face any one of the unseeded clubs aside from group opponents Braga. Brendan Rodgers would take Slavia Prague or Wolfsberger like everyone else.
One to avoid: It’s a similar story. Avoiding those four teams that have dropped down from the Champions League, a long trek to Eastern Europe, or the likes of Sociedad, Benfica and Lille would be ideal.
Leicester were also strong throughout their Europa League group, finishing in first position
Potential opponents: Antwerp, Braga, Crvena Zvezda, Dynamo Kyiv, Granada, Krasnodar, Lille, Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Molde, Olympiacos, Real Sociedad, RB Salzburg, Slavia Prague, Wolfsberger, Young Boys
Dream draw: Steven Gerrard’s side are in such good form this season they won’t fear anyone. The one team that they haven’t beaten, Benfica, were in their group and so they cannot be drawn against them again for now. They’d fancy their chances against Molde, Slavia Prague (who beat Celtic), Maccabi and Wolfsberger. They also saw off Braga at this stage last season.
One to avoid: Young Boys got the better of them in the Europa League group stages last season, otherwise the usual suspects of Real Sociedad and Lille.
Rangers also topped their Europa League group and will be seeded in Monday’s draw
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