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How to watch the Europa League draw (Play-off round) - Start time, TV channel, pots and more

Ryan Smart

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How to watch the Europa League draw (Play-off round) - Start time, TV channel, pots and more

The Europa League play-off round draw takes place on Monday, and we have all the information on how to watch the draw.

The play-off round is a new inclusion for this year's Europa League. It is instead of the usual group stage to knockout round format we usually see.

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The play-off will break up this usual format, with the eight runners-up from the Europa League groups drawn against the eight third-placed teams from the Champions League groups. The eight Europa League group winners, meanwhile, are already in the last 16 draw, which takes place in February.

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In terms of today's draw, the only major rule is that teams from each association cannot draw each other, ruling out the prospect of a crunch tie between Ajax and PSV.

In addition, Barcelona and Sevilla cannot face each other, as they are both unseeded teams, whilst Juventus vs Roma cannot be drawn either.

But there are still many incredible ties that could be drawn - here is how to watch all the action to see whether any of those possible ties become reality:

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Europa League play-off round draw: How to watch the draw? What TV channel is it on?

Viewers in the United Kingdom have two ways to watch the Europa League play-off round draw.

The draw will be broadcast live by BT Sport, with BT Sport 1 (Sky channel 413 / Virgin channel 527) carrying coverage of the draw.

It is also available to watch on UEFA's official website via this link.

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Europa League play-off round draw: What is the start time?

The start time of the Europa League play-off round draw will be 12pm UK time, or 1pm CET.

The draw will be hosted live at UEFA's headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. It is usually conducted by a famous footballing figure, known for their success in the competition, although the footballer's identity is yet to be revealed.

Europa League play-off round draw: What are the pots?

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For the draw, the 16 teams will be split into two pots, based on whether they have competed in the Champions League or Europa League this season.

That means that two teams from the Europa League group stage (who are seeded) cannot be drawn against each other; likewise, the Champions League group stage (unseeded).

Here are the pots in full:

Pot 1 (seeded)

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Pot 2 (unseeded)

  • Ajax
  • Barcelona
  • Bayer Leverkusen
  • Juventus
  • Salzburg
  • Sevilla
  • Shakhtar Donetsk
  • Sporting Lisbon


Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Europa League, Manchester United, AS Roma, Juventus, Barcelona, Sevilla, Ajax

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