Premier League giants Manchester United will welcome another Spanish La Liga side Real Betis to Old Trafford in the first-leg of their 2022/2023 UEFA Europa League Round-Of-16 clash, following the conclusion of the Draws held at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland on Friday afternoon.
The Red Devils who overcame La Liga table-toppers FC Barcelona on Thursday, will tee up against Real Betis over two legs to determine who will reach the quarter-finals of Europe’s second-tier club competition while Premier League leaders Arsenal will be on the road to play Portuguese Primeira Liga giants Sporting CP Lisbon.
Other match-ups will see Italian Serie A side Juventus take on modest German Bundesliga outfit SC Freiburg, Union Berlin (Germany) will lock horns with Belgian Jupiler League side Union Saint Gilloise.
Ukrainian heavyweights Shakhtar Donetsk who needed penalties to scale through, will tackle Dutch Eredivisie clubside Feyenoord. The tie of the round would see Serie A outfit AS Roma take on Spanish clubside Real Sociedad, Sevilla (Spain) welcomes Turkish giants Fenerbahce while German Bundesliga outfit Bayer 04 Leverkusen will face Hungarian side Ferencvaros.
Draws In Full:
2022/2023 Europa League Key Dates:
Last-16 first-leg: March 9
Last-16 second-leg: March 16
Quarter-finals first-leg: April 13
Quarter-finals second-leg: April 20
Semi-finals first-leg: May 11
Semi-finals second-leg: May 18
Final: May 31
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The Draws are underway and we have the ties for the round.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Feyenoord
AS Roma vs Real Sociedad
Manchester United vs Real Betis
Sporting CP Lisbon vs Arsenal
Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs Ferencvaros
Juventus vs SC Freiburg
Sevilla vs Fenerbahce
Union Berlin vs Union Saint Gilloise
Following the conclusion of the playoff round which saw eight clubs book their passage into the last-16 stage on Thursday, teams will be interested in finding out their opponents in the next phase.
English Premier League sides Manchester United and Arsenal will discover their next European opposition in the last 16 of the Europa League, with both teams facing different scenarios.
After seeing off Barcelona on Thursday night, Manchester United booked their place alongside Arsenal in today’s Europa League draw.
Erik ten Hag’s men had to come from behind to seal their spot in the next round, ultimately running out 2-1 winners at Old Trafford, and emerging victorious 4-3 on aggregate.
Now the Red Devils await their last 16 fate, entering the next round as one of the eight unseeded teams. Others include perennial Europa winners Sevilla, Juventus, Sporting Lisbon and Jose Mourinho’s Roma.
Arsenal were not involved in the playoff round, having topped their group prior to the FIFA World Cup last year. Thus, Mikel Arteta’s men are one of eight seeded sides. Others include Spanish duo Real Betis and Real Sociedad, as well as Belgian outfit Union Saint-Gilloise.
Based on the rules of the competition, teams from the same national association are restricted from facing each other until the quarter-finals. This means there will be no all-Premier League or an all-Serie A clash in the next round.
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SEEDED TEAMS: Union Saint-Gilloise, Arsenal, SC Freiburg, Ferencvaros, Feyenoord, Real Betis, Real Sociedad, Fenerbahce.
UNSEEDED TEAMS: Manchester United, Juventus, Sporting Lisbon, Shakhtar Donetsk, Union Berlin, Bayer Leverkusen, Sevilla, AS Roma.