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Europa League round of 16 draw date, TV channel and rules


The Europa League shed another 16 teams this week as the first knockout stage of the competition comes to a close.

Three more British teams made their way through to the round of 16 after Tottenham became the first side to qualify on Wednesday night, with an 8-1 aggregate win over Wolfsberger.

Steven Gerrard’s Rangers and Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal promptly joined them in Thursday night’s early kickoffs.

The ‘Gers finished the job they started in Belgium by seeing off Antwerp, while the Gunners came through a thriller with Benfica in Athens.

Manchester United’s place in the last 16 was all but confirmed after a 4-0 win in the first leg of the round of 32 tie against Real Sociedad and they completed the job at Old Trafford.

But Leicester City were not able to do what was required to see off Slavia Prague at the King Power Stadium.

Brendan Rodgers’ men had drawn 0-0 in the Czech Republic in their first leg but were stunned on home soil, as Slavia claimed a 2-0 win to take their spot in the last 16.



Arsenal are in the hat

What time is the Europa League last 16 draw?

The ceremony for the last 16 draw will begin at 12pm on Friday, and be conducted at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland.

The draw itself will start soon afterwards once all the introductions are completed and the rules confirmed.

What are the rules?

From the round of 16 teams are no longer seeded and can play opponents from the same country, so it is possible we will see an all-Premier League tie drawn.

The only reasons some teams may not be drawn against specific opponents from other countries are political, but they won’t be confirmed until the final 16 teams are known.

What channel is the draw?

The draw will be streamed on the UEFA website from 12pm.

Teams involved

Tottenham Hotspur

Ajax

Arsenal

Granada

Rangers

Shakhtar Donetsk

Molde

Villarreal

Young Boys

Dynamo Kiev

Manchester United

AC Milan

Leicester

Roma

Dinamo Zagreb

Olympiacos

When will the matches be played?

Fans won’t have to wait long to see their teams in action.

The first leg of the last 16 ties will be played on Thursday March 11, with the second leg following a week later.

As usual, games will be split between 5.55pm and 8pm kick-offs.





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