Europa league round of 32 draw for British clubs
The Europa League draw was made yesterday and here are the fixtures in full. This is the first time since 1981 that Wolves are competing in Europe and have done quite well so far in the group stage. They face Espanol who finished top of their group but are having a terrible domestic season, as they sit bottom of La Liga. Wolves will be confident that they can be victorious in this tie.
- Wolves v Espanyol
- Sporting Lisbon v Istanbul Basaksehir
- Getafe v Ajax
- Bayer Leverkusen v Porto
- FC Copenhagen v Celtic
- Apoel FC v FC Basel
- FC Cluj v Sevilla
- Olympiakos v Arsenal
- AZ Alkmaar v LASK
- Club Brugge v Manchester United
- Ludogorets v Internazionale
- Eintracht Frankfurt v FC Salzburg
- Shakhtar Donetsk v Benfica
- Wolfsburg v Malmo
- Roma v Gent
- Rangers v Braga
Arsenal have been drawn against Olympiacos who one of the eight teams to come from the Champions League. Olympiacos beat Red Star in their final match to qualify for the Europa League. Arsenal are going through a difficult period at the moment, however, by February they will have chosen a new manager and the club will be hoping to gain some form by then.
Celtic have to face Copenhagen, which is a difficult place to go, but they have not had the best campaign so far only winning two out of their six group stage matches. Celtic, on the other hand, had quite a convincing campaign as they had quite a tough group but were able to top it in the penultimate match.
Manchester United topped their group, winning the final match against second-placed AZ 4-0 on the final game week. They face Club Brugge who have also come from the Champions League and have a strong side. United, will be confident that they can overcome them though as they are coming into some form now after having a poor start to the season. They will be hoping that they can continue this form into February, and they will win this tie comfortably.
Rangers face Sporting Braga who topped Wolves’ group. Rangers could have finished top of their group if they would have won their final match against Young Boys at home. However, an 89th-minute own goal cost them the match and they finished the group second.
The first leg matches of the round of 32 are on the 20th of February, with the second legs being played a week later on the 27th of February.