The Europa League round of 16 draw takes place today, with three Premier League sides eagerly waiting to see who they will get in the second knockout stage.
Arsenal came close to winning the crown in 2018/19, but were beaten 4-1 by Premier League rivals Chelsea in the final, but this season’s competition could be vital with the competition realistically their best chance of sealing a return to the Champions League.
Meanwhile, Manchester United cruised into the round of 16 stage with a 4-0 aggregate win over Real Sociedad and are one of the favourites to lift the trophy.
However, one of the more surprising results in the round of 32 saw Leicester City – riding high in the Premier League – knocked out by Slavia Praha at the King Power Stadium.
That shows there are no easy ties in the Europa League.
With that said, here’s all the details for the round of 16 draw.
When is the draw?
The Europa League Round of 16 draw takes place on Friday, February 26 at 12pm, UK time, or at least that’s when things get up and running.
In other words, it is today.
It will take place at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland.
What are the rules?
There are none.
There are no seeding or country protection rules for the Round of 16 onwards, meaning anyone can draw anyone unless there are any political reasons teams from different countries cannot play.
But, in the case of Arsenal or Spurs, they will be able to draw each other or anyone else at this stage of the competition.
Who will be in the draw?
When will the Round of 16 be played?
The Round of 16 first leg ties will take place on March 11 while second leg fixtures will be played on March 18.
Games will be split between 5.55pm and 8pm, both UK time.