Who will Rangers face in Europa League group stage?

Jo Caldwell
September 17, 2018

The Gunners have been paired with Azerbaijani side Qarabag, Portuguese outfit Sporting Lisbon and Ukrainian side Vorskla in group E of the competition.

Azerbaijan and Armenia are in conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh region and relations between the countries worsened in 2016 when at least 200 people were killed in clashes for which the Azerbaijan government has prohibited any Armenians from entering the country.

Unai Emery - a three-time victor of the Europa League with Sevilla - will hope to lead the Gunners to May's final in Baku.

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PAOK finished as runner-ups to AEK Athens in Greece last season, but they fell into the Europa League after losing a Champions League play-off to Benfica.

Hernan Crespo tips Chelsea or Sevilla to win the Europa League, as Lazio have "a really tough group" and Milan could rest top players.

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Forty-eight clubs have been split equally into four pots, and the draw will see 12 groups formed containing one team from each pot, with teams from the same association being kept apart. They'll face tought opposition in Austrian champions RB Salzburg, and German club RB Leipzig.

Both teams are bankrolled by the Red Bull energy drinks firm but changes to their boardrooms in recent months mean the two clubs are able to play each other. The club spent more than $200 million on players past year under new Chinese owners and failed to comply with UEFA rules monitoring transfer fees and wages.

Steven Gerrard's men will return to Russian Federation to face Spartak Moscow in Group G, which also contains La Liga side Villarreal and Austrian's Rapid Vienna.

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The first group games will played on September 20.

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