Chelsea & Arsenal learn Europa League opponents

Celtic qualified from their group despite losing their final group game to Red Bull Salzburg

Scottish champions Celtic have been drawn to face Spanish side Valencia in the last 32 of the Europa League.

Valencia are 14th in La Liga and finished third in their Champions League group, behind Juventus and Manchester United.

Premier League side Arsenal play Bate Borisov of Belarus, while Chelsea – who won the competition in 2013 – take on Swedish side Malmo.

Most of the two-legged ties will be played on the 14 and 21 February 2019.

Arsenal’s home second leg will be on Wednesday, 20 February at 17:00 GMT.

The Gunners and Chelsea were both seeded for the draw, meaning they host their second legs and teams from the same city cannot play at home on the same night.

The timing of the fixture is to avoid a clash with the Champions League games taking place later on that Wednesday.

Celtic, who were beaten by Russian side Zenit St Petersburg in last 32 stage last season, last played Valencia in the Uefa Cup in 2001, with the Glasgow side losing on penalties at home in the third round.

The Bhoys finished as runners-up in their group behind Red Bull Salzburg, who beat them in the final game.

Arsenal and Chelsea both finished top of their respective groups, each winning five and drawing one of their six matches.

The Gunners are facing the same opponent they met in the group stage of last season’s competition, winning twice – 4-2 in Belarus and 6-0 in London.

Europa League last-32 draw in full

Viktoria Plzen v Dinamo Zagreb

Club Brugge v Red Bull Salzburg

Rapid Vienna v Inter Milan

Slavia Prague v Genk

Krasnodar v Bayer Leverkusen

FC Zurich v Napoli

Malmo v Chelsea

Shakhtar Donetsk v Eintracht Frankfurt

Celtic v Valencia

Rennes v Real Betis

Olympiakos v Dinamo Kiev

Lazio v Sevilla

Fenerbache v Zenit St Petersburg

Sporting Lisbon v Villarreal

Bate Borisov v Arsenal

Galatasaray v Benfica


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