EUROPE LEAGUE DRAWING GUIDE: Manchester United has been booking along with Wolves and Rangers for the last 16 years … so who can the British clubs face?
- Europa League round of 16 draw takes place at 28:00 GMT on February 28
- Viewers in the UK can watch Europa League play on BT Sport 1 OR on the UEFA website
- There are no classifications or country protections in the Europa League draw
Manchester United and Wolves came a step closer on Thursday night in their attempt to lift the Europa League trophy.
The Red Devils flew past Club Bruges in the last 32 when Nuno Espirito conquered Santo’s Espanyol. Steven Gerrard achieved a remarkable result against Braga to qualify for the next phase.
Sportsmail offers you everything you need to know for the last 16 draw in Europa League, including teams that have progressed and with whom the British clubs may be dealing. Plus the worst and best scenarios for the British parties.
Premier League clubs will discover their opponents on Friday in the Europa League draw
When and what time is the draw?
The 16th round of the Europa League tournament takes place at 12:00 GMT on Friday, February 28.
How to watch draw?
Viewers in the UK can watch Europa League last 16 draw live on BT Sport 1 for the UK.
Alternatively you can follow our live blog coverage about the Europa 16 final draw from 10.00 GMT.
Where does the draw take place?
The draw takes place at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.
Nuno Espirito Santo will follow the draw carefully to see who gets Wolves in the next round
How does the draw work?
There are no seedlings or country protection, which means that all teams are eligible to face each other.
The first drawn team gets the first leg of their Europa League round of 16 clashes at home with the second leg and then played on the opponent’s home field.
Who are the Europa 16 last teams?
Manchester United (ENG)
Shakthar Donetsk (UKR)
Istanbul Basaksehir (TUR)
Inter Milan (ITA)
FC Basel (SWI)
Red Bull Salzburg (AUS) OR Eintracht Frankfurt (GER)
Bayer Leverkusen (GER)
Who can Manchester United, Wolves and Rangers be confronted with?
Without seedings or country protection, it is possible that the four British clubs collide in the round of 16.
However, there are 12 other European clubs with which they can also be confronted at this stage of the tournament.
Best case scenario for British clubs
LASK would be the draw that most teams hope for. The Austrian frontrunners managed to beat AZ Alkmaar in the final 32, but are probably the weakest team left and Austria is also not far for British clubs to travel.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes for a draw for the last 16 of the Europa League
In the worst case scenario for British clubs
The British clubs don’t want to meet, but the most daunting task would be Inter Milan.
Antonio Conte’s side pushed Ludogorets aside in the final-16 and with Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Christian Eriksen in their ranks, they are the favorites to win the competition.
Shortest and longest trip for British clubs
Manchester United and Wolves’ shortest journeys would be against each other at just 74 miles.
Rangers‘shortest trip would be against the Red Devils at a distance of 217 miles.
While the longest trip for the British clubs would be a trip to Turkey to see Istanbul Başakşehir, which would cover a gigantic 1864 miles.
- 28 February: Round of 16 draw, Nyon
- March 12: Round of 16, first stage
- March 19: Round of 16, second stage
- March 20: Draws in quarterfinals and semi-finals, Nyon
- April 9: quarterfinals, first stage
- April 16: quarterfinals, second stage
- April 30: Semi-final, first stage
- May 7: Semi-final, second stage
- May 27: Final – Gdansk Stadium