Europa League Group Stage Draw: Arsenal Face Qarabag, Chelsea Heading To Greece

Posted August 31, 2018

An impressive start to Gerrard's managerial career sees Rangers enter the clash on the back of securing qualification to the Europa League group stage for the first time in eight years, and the former England captain says his players are in confident mood ahead of the match.

The clubs are then split into 12 groups, with one team from each seeding tier drawn, but sides from the same nation can not be drawn together.

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The new competition will include 32 European sides, as mentioned before, but the Europa League will be hosting 32 teams instead of the usual 48.

Whilst the Gunners will need to do a fair bit of travelling, they'll be happy with the opposition they've been drawn against.

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Arsenal will face Sporting Lisbon in the group stages of the Europa League while Chelsea have been drawn with PAOK. Rangers, too, have a good chance of progression after a 1-0 first-leg win over Russian outfit FC Ufa at Ibrox.

Scottish champions Celtic are in pot two, having been knocked out in the Champions League third qualifying round by AEK Athens and then got past Lithuania's Suduva in their Europa League qualifying play-off. Alongside them are Sevilla, Zenit, Bayer Leverkusen, Besiktas, Salzburg, Olympiacos, Villarreal, Anderlecht and Lazio.

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Seventeen teams qualified automatically for the 2018/19 Europa League, with another 21 advancing from the play-offs, four dropouts from the Champions League play-offs and another six later down the line from Europe's premier competition.