Tuesday 20 March 2018

Who can Arsenal and Everton face? Everything you need to know about the Europa League draw

Everton's Michael Keane celebrates scoring against Split
Everton's Michael Keane celebrates scoring against Split

Alistair Tweedale

Arsenal and Everton are the two Premier League teams in today's Europa League draw.

What is it?

The draw for this year's Europa League group stages.

When is it?

It takes place on Friday, August 24, at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.

What time does it happen?

12pm BST.

What TV channel is it on?

The draw is on BT Sport 1 or via live stream on Uefa.com. We will also have live updates on this page.

Who is in the draw?

There are four pots of 12 teams. One team from each pot will be drawn into each group, making up 12 groups of four. Here are the pots:

Pot 1: Arsenal, Zenit St Petersburg, Lyon, Dynamo Kiev, Villarreal, Athletic Bilbao, Lazio, AC Milan, Viktoria Plzen, Salzburg, FC Copenhagen, Braga

Pot 2: Steaua Bucharest, Ludogorets, BATE Borisov, Everton, Young Boys, Marseille, Real Sociedad, Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Lokomotiv Moscow, Austria Vienna, Hertha Berlin, Nice

Pot 3: Astana, Partizan Belgrade, Hoffenheim, Cologne, NK Rijeka, Vitoria Guimaraes, Atalanta, Zulte Waregem, Zorya Luhansk, Rosenborg, Sheriff Tiraspol, Hapoel Beer-Sheva

Pot 4: Apollon Limassol, Istanbul Basaksehir, Konyaspor, Vitesse Arnhem, Slavia Prague, Red Star Belgrade, Skenderbeu, FC Zlin, AEK Athens, FC Lugano, Vardar Skopje, Ostersunds

Which pots are the British teams in?

Arsenal are in Pot 1 as by far the highest-ranked team in the competition. Everton, after last night's aggregate victory over Hadjuk Split, go into Pot 2.

Who can Arsenal and Everton face?

Arsenal will be drawn with one team from each of Pots 2, 3 and 4.

That means they could face Marseille, Hoffenheim (who gave Liverpool a decent match in their Champions League qualifier) and AEK Athens, which is something resembling a Champions League group.

They could also end up in a group alongside Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Sheriff Tiraspol and Skenderbeu, which, well, sounds very much like a Europa League group.

Everton will have a tougher draw, and could face AC Milan, Villarreal or Lyon from Pot 1. They will then face one team from Pt 3 and one team from Pot 4.

When will the matches be played?

The group stage games will be split into six match days with games to be played on Thursday nights.

14 September

28 September

19 October

2 November

23 November

7 December

What are the odds (to win outright)?

AC Milan - 7/1

Arsenal - 7/1

Everton - 16/1

Athletic Bilbao - 16/1

Lyon - 20/1

Lazio 20/1

Villarreal 20/1

Marseille - 25/1

Real Sociedad 25/1


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