Europa League draw LIVE: Groups announced as Manchester United and Arsenal learn games

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Follow live updates from the Europa League group stage draw as Manchester United and Arsenal discover their opponents and fixtures for this season’s competition. Premier League clubs are among the top seeds ahead of the draw, with both reaching the final stages of the tournament in recent years.

Arsenal are back in European competition after a year’s absence, while United return to the Europa League for the first time since losing in the final to Villarreal two seasons ago. They will try to emulate West Ham’s run last season, as did Rangers, who reached the final only to be beaten on penalties by Eintracht Frankfurt.

United and Arsenal are among favorites to win the tournament, as are Jose Mourinho’s Roma and PSV Eindhoven and Monaco.

The Europa League draw is followed by the Conference League draw, which will see West Ham in the play-offs after beating Viborg. Follow live updates from the Europa League draw below:


This is how the draw works

The draws for UEFA competitions are unnecessarily complicated considering it’s just a matter of pulling names out of a hat. So here’s a breakdown of how tonight’s Europa League draw will work:

For the group stage draw, the 32 participating clubs are seeded in four pots of eight.

The first pot includes the winners of the Europa Conference League (Roma) and the top seven clubs in the club coefficient rankings. The second group has the next eight clubs in the rankings and so on for groups 3 and 4.

There are also paired clubs from the same association and to ensure these teams compete at different times the eight groups are colour-coded: groups A to D are red and groups E to H are blue.

For example, if a paired club is pulled out into a red group (A, B, C, or D), the other paired club – once drawn – automatically becomes one of the four blue groups (E, F, G, or H).

Matches in the red groups and blue groups will take place at alternate kick-off times (17:45 or 20:00 BST) during the group stage.


When is the Europa League draw today?

The Europa League draw takes place this afternoon, with both Arsenal and Manchester United set to meet their opponents in the group stage.

Eintracht Frankfurt were last season’s winners, beating Rangers in the final, while Jose Mourinho’s Roma will be among the favorites after winning the Conference League.

Arsenal are back in European competition after a year’s absence, with Mikel Arteta’s side narrowly missing out on qualifying for the Champions League against rivals Tottenham.

United will play in the Europa League under Erik ten Hag. They were beaten by Villarreal in the final two seasons ago and reached the semifinals last year as well.


Dates of the Europa League

The group stage of the Europa League starts in less than two weeks and things will be full steam ahead from there as the group stage will be completed before the World Cup in November.

Here’s a full list of key dates from this year’s competition.

Matchday 1: September 8, 2022

Matchday 2: September 15, 2022

Matchday 3: October 6, 2022

Matchday 4: October 13, 2022

Matchday 5: October 27, 2022

Matchday 6: November 3, 2022

Knockout round play-offs: 16-23 February 2023

Round of 16: March 9 & 16, 2023

Quarterfinals: April 13 & 20, 2023

Semifinals: May 11 & 18, 2023


West Ham drive past Viborg and into the group stage of the Europa Conference League

After the Europa League draw (which is scheduled to start at 12pm CET) the Europa Conference League draw will take place. West Ham ensured their presence after beating Viborg in the play-offs last night.

The Hammers rediscovered their goalscoring abilities when they booked another European tour with a 3-0 win. David Moyes’ side, without a point or goal after three Premier League games, won the two qualifying play-offs 6-1 on aggregate.

Italy striker Gianluca Scamacca, the £30million signing from Sassuolo, opened the scoring midway through the first half with his second goal in two European games.

Said Benrahma and Tomas Soucek also scored after the break to cap what was ultimately a comfortable evening in front of 1,000 boisterous fans in Denmark.


Who is in Pot 4 for the Europa League group stage draw?

Finally, Pot 4 contains Central European teams like Zürich and Sturm Graz, as well as two Cypriot teams in the form of AEK Larnaca and Omonoia.

Nantes are the Ligue 1 representative, Belgium’s Union Saint-Gilloise slipped to the Europa League after losing to Rangers in Champions League qualifiers and a trip to Turkey’s Trabzonspor certainly won’t be easy.


Who is in Pot 3 for the Europa League group stage draw?

Pot 3 is home to two German clubs, Union Berlin and Freiburg are the teams in question, while Rel Betis provide Spanish representation.

Long trips to Turkey (Fenerbahce), Hungary (Ferencváros) or Moldova (Sheriff) are possible as well as Scandinavia thanks to the presence of Midtjylland and Bodø/Glimt.


Who is in Pot 2 for the Europa League group stage draw?

Pot 2 sees several representatives from the Netherlands and France, with Feyenoord, PSV Eindhoven, Rennes and Monaco possibly offering shorter trips but tougher games should the English clubs be drawn against them.

Real Sociedad won’t be weak either, while you can’t imagine Erik ten Hag or Mikel Arteta enjoying a Thursday night trip to Azerbaijan, even if Qarabag is one of the weaker Pot 2 sides on paper. Malmö and Ludogorets can offer a good compromise between distance and pitch quality from this pot.


Who is in Pot 1 for the Europa League group stage draw?

Like yesterday’s Champions League draw, the Europa League group stage draw will see teams divided into four pots, with one team from each pot forming a group. Teams from the same country cannot be drawn together.

Pot 1 is where many of this year’s competition’s big hitters reside. The two Premier League representatives in the draw – Manchester United and Arsenal – are also in this pot, as are the two Serie A sides from Rome in the form of Roma and Lazio. Players like Crvena Zvezda and Dynamo Kyiv, who won’t be playing their home game in Kyiv due to the war in Ukraine, bring an Eastern European flair to the pot.


When does the Europa League draw take place and how can I watch?

The Europa League draw takes place today from 12:00 BST in Istanbul, Turkey – the same venue as yesterday’s Champions League group stage draw.

Fans can follow the event on BT Sport and an online stream will be available via the broadcaster’s YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can watch on the UEFA website or YouTube channel


When is the Europa Conference League draw?

The journey to Fortuna Arena in Prague begins this week in the Europa Conference League.

Roma won the first edition of the competition which, after Nicolo Zaniolo’s victory over Feyenoord, not only secured the trophy but also qualification for this year’s Europa League.

The draw will draw 32 teams into eight groups of four, made up of 22 Europa Conference League play-off winners and 10 teams eliminated from the Europa League play-offs.

David Moyes will be hoping to lead West Ham as far as possible in the hunt for silver after their Europa League heartbreak against Frankfurt last season.

Here’s everything you need to know about the draw, including which teams will play this season and what pots they’ve been nominated in. Europa League draw LIVE: Groups announced as Manchester United and Arsenal learn games

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