14 December 2020 14:33
Tottenham have been drawn against Wolfsberger in the last 32 of the Europa Jose Mourinho's side will head to Austria in February having won Group J. Manchester United will head to Real Sociedad for the first leg of their last 32 tie having been paired together after United were knocked out of the Champions League last week. Arsenal will play Benfica with Mikel Arteta's side having topped Group B. Rangers will play Royal Antwerp, with Steven Gerrard's side having won Group D ahead of Benfica. Leicester have been drawn against Slavia Prague in the last 32 and will travel MANCHESTER United and Arsenal were both handed horror Europa League draws as Uefa gave Spurs a much-easier early Christmas present.
United, still reeling from their Champions League exit at the hands of Leipzig, must face surprise La Liga leaders Real Sociedad. 2 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's will be up against Real Sociedad in the next round Credit: Times Newspapers Ltd And Mikel Arteta and Arsenal, having a desperate time after four successive home Prem defeats, were drawn against Portuguese giants Benfica. In stark contrast, Jose Mourinho and Spurs would have been delighted to come out of the hat in Nyon alongside Austrian Euro rookies Wolfsberger. Leicester will have been equally content at their pairing with Slavia Prague, while Rangers drew Antwerp. But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Arteta may be forgiven for wondering if the football gods are laughing in their faces.
Meanwhile, across North London, Mourinho will have been smiling to be paired with Wolfsberger, currently seventh in the Austrian Bundesliga. Mourinho, twice a winner of the competition at Porto and Manchester United and desperate to land silverware at N17, will expect a better performance than on their last trip to Austria in the 3-3 draw at LASK earlier this month. Spurs will play their home game in an early kick-off, with a 6pm start on Wednesday February 24, the day before the other 15 second leg ties. 2 The Gunners will be up against Portuguese giants Benfica Credit: Getty Images - Getty That is because Uefa does not allow the same city to host two matches on the same day and with Arsenal also top seeds in the draw, one of them had to switch. Leicester will fancy themselves to be stronger than Slavia over two legs, especially with the second leg at home.
And while Steven Gerrard and his Rangers side will know Antwerp are a hurdle - they are the only team since Everton on the opening day of the season to beat Spurs this term - it is one they can overcome. M anchester United and Arsenal have been handed tough ties in the Europa League draw, facing Real Sociedad and Benfica respectively in the round of 32. Having dropped out of the Champions League, Man United have got one of the toughest draws possible against LaLiga leaders Sociedad, while struggling Arsenal must also step up their game when they face Portuguese giants Benfica. As for Tottenham, Jose Mourinho will feel confident after Spurs were drawn against Austrian outfit Wolfsberger. Leicester have been handed a trip to face Slavia Prague, and Rangers take on Royal Antwerp - who face Spurs in the group stages. Europa League draw: Round of 32 in full Wolfsberger vs Tottenham Dynamo Kyiv vs Club Brugge Real Sociedad vs Manchester United Benfica vs Arsenal Red Star vs AC Milan Antwerp vs Rangers Slavia Prague vs Leicester City Olympiacos vs PSV Eindhoven The draw for the Europa League Round of 32 took place this morning at 7 am ET in Nyon, Switzerland, and Tottenham Hotspur now know who their opponent is. Spurs drew Austrian Bundesliga side Wolfsberger, with the first match set to take place either Feb. 16/17 or Feb. 23/24. If, like me, you're in favor of Spurs not facing one of the other Europa League heavyweights until later in the competition, then, also like me, you'll be pleased by this draw. In my Europa League preview from last night, I had identified Wolfsberg as one of the clubs least likely to trouble Tottenham over two legs. In fact, FiveThirtyEight has them at the absolute bottom of the clubs left in the competition, with just a 14% chance of advancing to the Round of 16, and without taking the draw itself into consideration. Wolfsberg are not the scary Austrian team — that's Red Bull Salzburg. They progressed out of an easy Europa League group stage and while Spurs won't want to look past them they should be able to rotate their squad and still comfortably dispatch them over two legs. On the other hand, the draw was not so kind to other Premier League clubs. Manchester United were drawn against La Liga leaders Real Sociedad, while Arsenal drew Jan Vertonghen's Benfica. Meanwhile, Villarreal drew RB Salzburg, which is great since that will eliminate one of the competition's best remaining teams. Here's the draw in full: