Footballbh.net writes that the UEFA Europa League play-off draw will take place for the first time this season. It will feature 16 teams: eight runners-up in the UEFA Europa League group stage and eight runners-up in the UEFA Champions League group stage. For betting on the upcoming games, you can check Online Bookmakers Ranked and choose the one, that is more reliable for you.
The play-off winners will join the Europa League group winners in the round of 16. The losing teams in the play-offs will complete their UEFA competition in the 2021/22 season.
When was the draw?
The ceremony took place on 13 December at the European Football Union headquarters in Nyon.
The draw for the 2021/22 UEFA Europa League round of 32 took place on 13 December at 14:00 at the European Football Union headquarters in Nyon.
The draw involves 16 teams: 8 clubs that finished second in the UEFA Europa League group stage and 8 clubs that finished third in the UEFA Champions League group stage. The latter will be unseeded.
The teams will be paired and the winners will advance to the next round.
Dynamo Zagreb (Croatia)
Real Sociedad (Spain)
Borussia Dortmund (Germany)
Zenit (Russian Federation)
RB Leipzig (Germany)
– clubs from the Europa League play against clubs from the Champions League.
– clubs from the Europa League play the return match at home.
– clubs from the same association are divorced in different pairs.
Eight balls with the names of the Champions League clubs are placed in the bowl. A ball with the first team is taken out of the bowl. This team will play the first leg of the first pair at home. Subject to the above draw conditions, the computer then shows which Europa League teams are eligible to play with the Champions League team selected in the first pair. The balls with the names of these teams are placed in the bowl. A ball is taken out of this bowl to complete the formation of the first pair. The elongated team plays the return leg at home. The above procedure is repeated for the remaining matches.
If the computer shows that only one Europa League team can play in a given pair, it will automatically fall into this pair, and the ball will not be awarded in this case.
Could clubs from the same country meet?
No. Representatives of one national association could not meet in play-offs.
Are there two matches at this stage?
Yes. The teams will play home and away matches. The seeded teams will play the return games at home.
When will the matches take place?
The first play-offs are scheduled for February 17, with return matches a week later.
The play-off winners will join the Europa League group winners in the round of 16. Losers are eliminated from European competition.
First matches: February 17
Second leg: February 24
The winners of the eight pairs of the 1/16 finals will join the eight group winners of the Europa League in the 1/8 finals.