Manchester United and last year’s finalists Arsenal headline an English trio that also features Europa League newcomers Wolves while record five-time champions Sevilla figure to be among the primary contenders as the group stage begins tonight.
Scottish rivals Celtic and Rangers face testing paths to the knockout rounds as bitter foes Roma and Lazio bid to end Italy’s two-decade wait for the title.
Porto, PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord are the other former European Cup winners in a competition that will welcome the eight third-place finishers from the Champions League groups for the knockout phase.
United, Europa League winners in 2017, will host in group L as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s facet face opponents from Kazakhstan for the first time in club history.
They will be expected to progress with relative ease from a group that also includes Partizan Belgrade and former finalists AZ Alkmaar of the Netherlands.
Unai Emery’s Arsenal return to the competition after last season’s 4-1 defeat by Chelsea in the final in Baku saw the Blues pip them to Champions League qualification.
The Gunners visit Eintracht Frankfurt to kick off their campaign, with 10-time Belgian champions Standard Liege and Portugal’s Vitoria Guimaraes also in group F.
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Wolves, in their first European campaign since 1980, can meet Portuguese club Braga in their opening game at Molineux.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s team came through three ties just to reach the group stage. They beat Torino 5-3 on aggregate in the play-offs.
“I assume any team in the Europa League are a good team whom we are going to respect growing against them. We will provide everything, try to play and try to beat any team,” said Wolves winger Adama Traore.
Scottish champions Celtic travel French Cup holders Rennes in group E, with Italian Cup holders Lazio and CFR Cluj, the Romanian side to whom they lost in Champions
League qualifying completing a tricky section.
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Roma will attack Istanbul Basaksehir in their initial game whereas Monchengladbach host Austria’s Wolfsberg – to not be confused with German outfit Wolfsburg.
Austria boasts 2 representatives with LASK Linz among the six debutants – aboard Espanyol, Wolves, Wolfsberg, Olexandriya and Ferencvaros – in the tournament.
UEFA can distribute 560 million euros to clubs competitive during this season’s Galilean satellite League, simply over 1 / 4 of the one.95 billion euros allocated to those participating in the Champions League.
Each of the forty-eight clubs within the cluster stage can receive a base of two.92 million euros, with lifting the trophy worth just under 18 million euros in basic prize money.
Teams can internet 570 000 euros per win and one hundred ninety 000 for a draw with extra revenue coming back through tv markets and cash looking on every team’s UEFA ranking.
By comparison, the Champions League winners stand to take home around 75 million euros before considerable sums are tacked based on the market pool and coefficient ranking.
The final is command within the Polish town of the city on could twenty-seven, 2020.