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Probably the most disrespected club competition in world football, the Europa League is back for another year and the road to Seville starts here.
The Europa League may not have the glitz and the glamour of its big brother but it’s now the premier Thursday night tournament thanks to the birthing of the Europa Conference League.
Leicester and West Ham lead the Premier League charge while Scottish Premiership giants Rangers and Celtic are also in on the fun.
Paddy’s got all the latest Europa League odds on paddypower.com/football and you’ll find the key info you need to know about the Europa League group-stage draw below.
Europa League Draw Date and Start Time
The Europa League group-stage draw begins at 11am on Friday August 27. As with UEFA draw ceremonies, there’s likely to be a lot of filler before the balls emerge…
Like the Champions League ceremony, it is being held in Istanbul, Turkey. Andres Palop and Marcos Senna will assist with plucking the balls out of the hat.
You can watch the draw unfold on BT Sport 1 or on UEFA’s website.
Europa League Teams and Pots
The Europa League has been slimmed down for the 2021/22 season thanks to the introduction of the prestigious Europa Conference League. As a result, 32 teams will be split into four pots based on coefficient rankings to determine the eight groups.
A total of 22 clubs were already guaranteed a place in the group stage, with the remaining 10 determined through the qualification route.
Pot 1: Lyon, Napoli, Leverkusen, GNK Dinamo, Lazio, Olympiakos, Monaco, Braga
Pot 2: Celtic, Frankfurt, Crvena Zvezda, Leicester, Rangers, Lokomotiv Moscow, Genk, PSV Eindhoven
Pot 3: Marseille, Ludogorets, West Ham, Real Sociedad, Real Betis, Fenerbahçe, Spartak Moscow, Sparta Prague
Pot 4: Rapid Vienna, Galatasaray, Legia Warsaw, Midtjylland, Ferencváros, Antwerp, Sturm Graz, Brøndby
Europa League Fixture Dates
The Europa League group stage gets underway in the first week of club action after the upcoming international break and runs until the beginning of December.
Matchday 1: September 16
Matchday 2: September 30
Matchday 3: October 21
Matchday 4: November 4
Matchday 5: November 25
Matchday 6: December 9
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