Europa League draw live: Manchester United and Southampton to learn group stage fate

26 Aug

Welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of today’s Europa League group stage draw, which will see Manchester United and Southampton learn their European fate.


Follow the draw with our live blog below…

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What time does it start?

The draw will take place at 12.00pm BST in Monaco.

How does it work?

48 clubs, including United, Southampton and the League of Ireland’s Dundalk, will be drawn into 12 groups.

The teams are seeded into four pots, with one team from each pot going into each group.

Two qualify from each group. They are joined in the next round – the round-of-32 – by the eight third-placed sides from the Champions League group stage.

Who’s in the pots?

Pot 1

Schalke 04, Zenit St Petersburg, Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk, Athletic Bilbao, Olympiakos, Villarreal, Ajax, Internazionale, Fiorentina, Anderlecht, Viktoria Plzen

Pot 2

AZ Alkmaar, Braga, Salzburg, Roma, Fenerbahce, Sparta Prague, PAOK, Steaua Bucharest, Genk, APOEL, Standard Liege, St-Etienne

Pot 3

Gent, Young Boys, Krasnodar, Rapid Wien, Slovan Liberec, Celta Vigo, Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Feyenoord, Austria Wien, Mainz, Zurich, Southampton

Pot 4

Panathinaikos, Sassuolo, Qarabag, Astana, Nice, Zorya Luhansk, Astra Giurgiu, Konyaspor, Osmanlispor, Qabala, Hapoel Beer-Sheva, Dundalk

When will the ties be played?

The matches will be held on 15 and 29 September, 20 October, 3 and 24 November and 8 December.

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