The final draw for the round of 32 of the UEFA Europa League 2019-2020 is out and the English teams might be in for a bumpy ride in the upcoming months. Manchester United are up against Club Brugge who have landed in the Europa League after bowing out at the group stage in the Champions League this season.
Arsenal have a sturdy rival in Olympiacos and hopefully will be playing under Mikel Arteta who is currently in talks with the Arsenal executives for a move to North London. After some horrendous performances in the Premier League, the Gunners are surely expected to make Europa League their top priority going forward in this season.
Another Premier League side who has emerged as serious contenders are Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves FC who are pitted against Spanish side Espanyol. Wolves have the upper hand after posting an impressive run in their domestic league while Espanyol lie in the relegation zone in La Liga.
Scottish champions, Celtic FC will play current Danish SuperLiga winners FC Copenhagen while Steven Gerrard’s Rangers FC will find it tough against Portuguese side SC Braga.
After being drawn into the group of death in the Champions League this season, Inter Milan couldn’t cope up with the pace of Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund and failed to progress further. Their egress brought them to the Europa League where they will face Bulgarian side Ludogorets Razgrad.
However, the biggest fixture that emerged out of the draw is between Eintracht Frankfurt and Austrian side FC Salzburg. Frankfurt were last crowned champions of Europa League back in the 1979-1980 season and will be looking to enhance their good run of form.
AS Roma play Gent while German side Wolfsburg will be hoping to edge past Swedish side Malmo. Below we bring you a list of all the matches that are scheduled to be played in the round of 32.
- Wolves vs Espanyol
- Sporting Lisbon vs Istanbul Basaksehir
- Getafe vs Ajax
- Bayer Leverkusen vs Porto
- FC Copenhagen vs Celtic
- APOEL vs Basel
- Cluj vs Sevilla
- Olympiakos vs Arsenal
- AZ Alkmaar vs LASK
- Club Brugge vs Manchester United
- Ludogorets vs Inter Milan
- Eintracht Frankfurt vs Salzburg
- Shakhtar Donetsk vs Benfica
- Wolfsburg vs Malmo
- Roma vs Gent
- Rangers vs Braga
Feature image courtesy: AFP/ Fabrice Coffrini