Arsenal, Chelsea, Celtic and Napoli learn fate for last-32

Arsenal, Chelsea, Celtic and Napoli learn fate for last-32 Featured

By / Europa League / Tuesday, 18 December 2018 13:22

• Chelsea drawn against Swedish side Malmo

• Celtic unseeded and face clash with Valencia

• Arsenal to play BATE Borisov
Plzen vs Dinamo Zagreb

Bruges vs Salzburg

Rapid Vienna vs Inter

Slavia Prague vs Genk

Krasnodar vs Bayer Leverkusen

Zurich vs Napoli

Malmo vs Chelsea

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Frankfurt

Celtic vs Valencia

Rennes vs Beits

Olympiacos vs Kyiv

Lazio vs Sevilla

Fenerbahce vs Zenit

Sporting Lisbon vs Villarreal

BATE vs Arsenal

Galatasaray vs Benfica
Chelsea get Malmo
Chelsea have avoided a long slog out to eastern Europe with a trip over the North Sea to Malmo.

The Blues will play away in the first leg in February.

Celtic face Valencia
It’s not the draw Hoops manager Brendan Rodgers would have wanted.

But at least travelling Celtic fans will get a respite from the Glaswegian winter for a few days in Spain.

Arsenal head to BATE
Arsenal have arguably the most frustrating draw from the three British clubs left in the competition.

A direct flight from London to Minsk takes three hours.

From there it’s a coach journey to Borisov.
Europa League last-32 dates
The dates of the last-32 fixtures in the Europa League have been confirmed.

The first legs will take place on 12, 14 of February.

The second legs will be on 20, 21 of February.

Not all matches will be on Thursdays. Because some cities will host two matches on the same night, it means Fenerbahce will play their home leg on Tuesday, February 12.

Sevilla and Arsenal will have their second legs played on Wednesday, February 20.
Celtic possible opponents
The Hoops are unseeded in this draw and coulee face Arsenal or Chelsea.

But Brendan Rodgers’ men also face the possibility of clashing with one of the top-seeded teams from the Champions League.

Napoli, Valencia, Inter and Benfica would all pose a serious challenge to Rodgers and co.

Celtic could also end up heading east, with Zenit and Kyiv both seeded for the draw.
Arsenal and Chelsea possible opponents
Arsenal and Chelsea are seeded in the Europa League knockout draw either side could face Celtic in the last-32.

Arsenal and Chelsea may also come up against big-hitters Sporting, Lazio, Galatasaray or Olympiacos.

A trip to Belarus to face BATE would not the best situation for either club.
Seeded teams
Leverkusen (GER), Salzburg (AUT), Zenit (RUS), Dinamo Zagreb (CRO), Arsenal (ENG), Betis (ESP), Villarreal (ESP), Frankfurt (GER), Genk (BEL), Sevilla (ESP), Dynamo Kyiv (UKR), Chelsea (ENG), Napoli (ITA), Valencia (ESP), Internazionale (ITA), Benfica (POR)

Unseeded teams
Zürich (SUI), Celtic (SCO), Slavia, Praha (CZE), Fenerbahçe (TUR), Sporting CP (POR), Olympiacos (GRE), Rapid Wien (AUT), Lazio (ITA), Malmö (SWE), Krasnodar (RUS), Rennes (FRA), BATE (BLR), Plzeň (CZE), Club Brugge (BEL), Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR), Galatasaray (TUR)

Source:https://www.express.co.uk

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Cholo Radjavi

Cholo Radjavi

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