Directly following their draw for the Champions League’s Round of 16, UEFA revealed the matchups for the Europa League’s own Round of 32. The remaining squads were split into two separate groups; those that finished top of their Europa League group stage group, and those that finished second. Additionally, eight clubs that finished third in their Champions League group were also added into the fold.
The only rules when pairing these squads were that the teams couldn’t have competed in their previous group stage, not could they take on another team from the same domestic league. So Manchester United couldn’t be fixed up with Tottenham, Leicester, or Arsenal.
With that being said, these are the official fixtures for the 2020-21 Europa League Round of 32:
- Wolfsberger AC (Austria) vs. Tottenham (England)
- Dynamo Kyiv (Ukraine)* vs. Club Brugge (Belgium)*
- Real Sociedad (Spain) vs. Manchester United (England)*
- Benfica (Portugal) vs. Arsenal (England)
- Crvena zvezda (Serbia) vs. AC Milan (Italy)
- Royal Antwerp (Belgium) vs. Rangers (Scotland)
- Slavia Praha (Czech Republic) vs. Leicester City (England)
- RB Salzburg* (Austria) vs. Villarreal (Spain)
- SC Braga (Portugal) vs. AS Roma (Italy)
- Krasnodar* (Russia) vs. Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia)
- BSC Young Boys (Switzerland) vs. Bayer Leverkusen (Germany)
- Molde FK (Sweden) vs. Hoffenheim (Germany)
- Granada (Spain) vs. Napoli (Italy)
- Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel) vs. Shakhtar Donetsk* (Ukraine)
- Lille (France) vs. Ajax* (Netherlands)
- Olympiacos* (Greece) vs. PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands)
(NOTE – * means they were transferred from the Champions League after finishing third in their group)
The Round of 32 will commence from February 18th to the 25th with each pair of clubs playing two matches. Each team will host one of these legs. After each of the winners are decided, UEFA will hold its draw for the Round of 16 on February 26th with contests going on in that stage from March 11th to the 18th. The field of teams will continue to be cut down until May 26th, when the final two squads will compete for the Europa League trophy and automatic qualification into next year’s Champions League inside the Arena Gdansk in Poland. Let us know on Facebook who you think will win it all this year!
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