• Europa League draw takes place at midday (BST) on Friday in Monaco
  • 48 teams will be drawn into 12 groups of four for the group stages
  • Teams are divided into four pots based on their UEFA co-efficient
  • Tottenham are in pot one while Liverpool and Celtic are in pot two
  • Fenerbahce are among the most dangerous sides in pot three
  • It’s not too late to play MailOnline’s Fantasy Football game 

Sunni Upal for MailOnline

Britain’s trio of Europa League representatives will discover their opponents in the group stage on Friday when the draw takes place in Monaco.

Liverpool, Tottenham and Celtic will all be in the draw on Friday with some intriguing match-ups in prospect for them over the next few months.

Here is our guide to the draw.  

How does the draw work?

The group stages will consist of 48 teams and they will be split into four pots of 12 for the draw on Friday. The pots are decided according to a club’s UEFA co-efficient and the 12 teams with the highest co-efficient will be in pot one, and those with the lowest in pot four. Each of the 12 groups will have one team from each pot in it.

Tottenham will be in pot one for Friday's Europa League group stage draw in Monaco

Tottenham will be in pot one for Friday’s Europa League group stage draw in Monaco

Robin van Persie's Fenerbahce side are in pot three and will be one team the British clubs want to avoid

Robin van Persie’s Fenerbahce side are in pot three and will be one team the British clubs want to avoid

Teams cannot, however, be drawn against other teams from the same nation as them. That means that, although Tottenham are in pot one and Liverpool are in pot two, they cannot meet in the group stages. Tottenham could, though, land Scottish champions Celtic, who are also in pot two.

Which teams are in which pot? 

Pot One – Schalke (GER), Borussia Dortmund (GER), Basle (SUI), Napoli (ITA), Tottenham (ENG), Ajax (NED), Villarreal (ESP), Rubin Kazan (RUS), Athletic Bilbao (ESP), Sporting Lisbon (POR), Marseille (FRA), Dnipro (UKR).

Liverpool players in training at Melwood on Thursday ahead of their game against West Ham on Saturday

Liverpool players in training at Melwood on Thursday ahead of their game against West Ham on Saturday

Pot Two – Braga (POR), Fiorentina (ITA), Lazio (ITA), Anderlecht (BEL), Liverpool (ENG), AZ Alkmaar (NED), Viktoria Plzen (CZE), Bruges (BEL), PAOK (GRE), Celtic (SCO), Besiktas (TUR), APOEL Nicosia (CYP).

Pot Three – Monaco (FRA), Sparta Prague (CZE), Fenerbahce (TUR), Legia Warsaw (POL), Bordeaux (FRA), Lokomotiv Moscow (RUS), Lech Poznan (POL) St. Etienne (FRA), Slovan Liberec (CZE), Augsburg (GER), Rapid Vienna (AUT), Krasnodar (RUS).

Pot Four – Partizan Belgrade (SRB), Asteras Tripolis (GRE), Belenenses (POR), Rosenborg (NOR), Qarabag (AZE), Molde (NOR), Dinamo Minsk (BLR), Groningen (NED), Sion (SUI), Midtjylland (DEN), Skenderbeu (ALB), Qabala (AZE)

TOTTENHAM AND LIVERPOOL – BEST AND WORST CASE SCENARIOS 

 

Tottenham

Best case scenario – Bruges (pot two), Rapid Vienna/Augsburg (pot three), Molde/Sion (pot four) 

Worst case scenario – Lazio (pot two), Fenerbahce (pot three), Partizan Belgrade (pot four)

Liverpool 

Best case scenario – Marseille (pot one), Rapid Vienna/Augsburg (pot three), Molde/Sion (pot four) 

Worst case scenario – Rubin Kazan/Dnipro (pot one), Fenerbahce (pot three), Partizan Belgrade (pot four) 

CELTIC SCENARIOS

Best case scenario – Marseille (pot one), Rapid Vienna/Augsburg (pot three), Molde/Sion (pot four)

Worst case scenario – Rubin Kazan/Dnipro (pot one), Fenerbahce (pot three), Partizan Belgrade (pot four)

When will the matches be played?

There are six group matches to be played and the dates are – September 17, October 1, October 22, November 5, November 26, December 10. All games take place on a Thursday.

For Liverpool their first match takes place three days before a home game against Norwich in the Premier League while the second matchday is three days before a Merseyside derby against Everton at Goodison Park.

Liverpool will have home Premier League encounters after the remaining four Europa League matchdays – Southampton on Oct 25, Crystal Palace on Nov 8, Swansea on Nov 29 and West Brom on Dec 13/14.

Celtic were dumped out of the Champions League by Malmo, meaning they will play in the Europa League

Celtic were dumped out of the Champions League by Malmo, meaning they will play in the Europa League

Tottenham, meanwhile will be at home against Crystal Palace on September 20, three days after matchday one. Their next three Europa League games, though, will be followed by away Premier League trips a few days later – Swansea on October 4, Bournemouth on October 25 and the north London derby at Arsenal on November 8. 

Mauricio Pochettino’s side also face Chelsea at home on Sunday, November 29 after matchday five and then Newcastle at home on December 13/14 after their final Europa League group game. 

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