Europa League draw: Arsenal avoid United's travel troubles

The draw for the 2019-20 Europa League group stage is complete. See how the quartets shaped up below.

Group A

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Pot Club Country
1 Sevilla Spain
2 Apoel Cyprus
3 Qarabag Azerbaijan
4 Dudelange Luxembourg

Instant Analysis: Record five-time winners Sevilla face a trio of continental minnows from nations not known for club football exploits; Luxembourgian outfit Dudelange, for example, finished last in Group F last year on zero points with an astounding minus-13 goal difference.

Group B

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Pot Club Country
1 Dynamo Kyiv Ukraine
2 Copenhagen Denmark
3 Malmo Sweden
4 Lugano Switzerland

Instant analysis: Dynamo Kyiv, last year’s quarterfinalists, are the Pot 1 club in a group short on glamour matchups but rife with opportunities to progress to the next round. Danish capital side Copenhagen versus Sweden’s Malmo sets up a tasty Oresund Bridge derby.

Group C

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Pot Club Country
1 FC Basel Switzerland
2 Krasnodar Russia
3 Getafe Spain
4 Trabzonspor Turkey

Instant analysis: Spaniards Getafe mark a return to European football following a nine-year hiatus, joining a group that should inspire hopes of progression for all four clubs. Newcomer Remy Cabella and Krasnodar will relish the Black Sea-hopping trip to Trabzonspor.

Group D

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Pot Club Country
1 Sporting Portugal
2 PSV Netherlands
3 Rosenborg BK Norway
4 LASK Austria

Instant analysis: PSV will likely vie for group honors with 18-time Portuguese champs Sporting. Austrians LASK, who will temporarily move to the 21,000-seat Linzer Stadion for European competition, were bounced from the Champions League playoff round by Club Brugge.

Group E

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Pot Club Country
1 Lazio Italy
2 Celtic Scotland
3 Rennes France
4 CFR Cluj Romania

Instant analysis: A Roman return for Celtic to face Lazio seems the logical battle for top spot, though Rennes and teen terror Eduardo Camavinga should not be taken lightly. Celtic and Cluj are familiar foes after the Romanians dismissed Neil Lennon’s lot from the Champions League in August.

Group F

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Pot Club Country
1 Arsenal England
2 Eintracht Frankfurt Germany
3 Standard Liege Belgium
4 Vitoria SC Portugal

Instant analysis: Unai Emery’s Arsenal might be the happiest of the British clubs, courtesy of a quartet short on travel troubles. A rematch of last year’s semifinal with Eintracht Frankfurt awaits after the Bundesliga side sold their two most acclaimed attackers – Sebastien Haller and Luka Jovic – in the summer.

Group G

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Pot Club Country
1 Porto Portugal
2 Young Boys Switzerland
3 Feyenoord Netherlands
4 Rangers Scotland

Instant analysis: Steven Gerrard and Rangers have been drawn into a challenging quarter alongside European heavyweights Porto, Jaap Stam’s Feyenoord, and Swiss champs Young Boys – who beat Juventus in the Champions League group stages last season.

Group H

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Pot Club Country
1 CSKA Moscow Russia
2 Ludogorets Bulgaria
3 Espanyol Spain
4 Ferencvaros Hungary

Instant analysis: As with Group E sides Celtic and Cluj, Ludogorets will face Ferencvaros weeks after the latter dismissed the former from the qualifying rounds of the Champions League. Espanyol, Barcelona’s other club, return to European competition following a 12-year absence.

Group I

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Pot Club Country
1 Wolfsburg Germany
2 Gent Belgium
3 Saint-Etienne France
4 Oleksandriya Ukraine

Instant analysis: At first glance, the most disappointing part of this quartet is that Wolfsburg, Wolfsberg, and Wolves weren’t drawn together. For the trivia nuts out there: Oleksandriya defender Kaspars Dubra is the only Latvian international competing in this season’s Europa League group stage.

Group J

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Pot Club Country
1 Roma Italy
2 Monchengladbach Germany
3 Istanbul Basaksehir Turkey
4 Wolfsberg Austria

Instant analysis: Roma might not be at the level that saw them make the Champions League semifinals in 2017-18, but the Giallorossi will be favored to compete for top spot with Borussia Monchengladbach. Fans of players in footballing denouements will fancy Basaksehir’s roster.

Group K

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Pot Club Country
1 Besiktas Turkey
2 Braga Portugal
3 Wolves England
4 Slovan Bratislava Slovakia

Instant analysis: It’s the Killer B’s for Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves. The Molineux dwellers face Besiktas, Bratislava, and a derby of sorts when their Portugual-heavy lineup meets Primeira Liga side Braga. Sadly, Selecao stud Ricardo Quaresma has left Besiktas for Kasimpasa.

Group L

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Pot Club Country
1 Manchester United England
2 Astana Kazakhstan
3 Partizan Belgrade Serbia
4 AZ Alkmaar Netherlands

Instant analysis: Manchester United will not be pleased with the 6,000-kilometer haul to Kazakhstan, nor will they be encouraged by a suddenly short-handed attack that may now rely on 17-year-old Mason Greenwood. The Red Devils can also expect a hellish reception when they travel to Belgrade.

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