GROUP WINNERS in the Europa League will return to action in the competition in the round of 16.
This comes after the sides that topped their groups in the competition were confirmed to skip the latest round, with runners-up facing third-placed teams in the Champions League.
Arsenal will return to action and are in the hat for the round of 16, with the likes of Real Betis, Feyenoord and Real Sociedad, who finished ahead of Manchester United in Group E.
We have all the details on when the draw is, how it is formatted and who will be awaiting their opponents ahead of the last-16.
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When is the Europa League round of 16 draw?
- The Europa League round of 16 draw will take place on Friday, February 24.
- The draw will commence from 12pm UK time.
- It will be held at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland.
How to watch the Europa League round of 16 draw?
- To watch the draw, you must visit the UEFA website where it will be live streamed.
- The stream will take place from 12pm UK time as fans find out who their teams will face in the last-16.
What is the format of the draw?
The eight Europa League group winners will be seeded, and the eight winners from the knockout play-off round will be unseeded.
Those who finished second in their Europa League groups will face off against teams that finished third in their Champions League groups to earn a place in the last-16.
The group winners will play the first leg of the round of 16 away from home.
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Clubs from the same association will avoid each other in the last-16 before this restriction is dropped for the quarter-final.
Who is in the draw?
So far, it is just the Europa League group winners confirmed to be in the hat for the last-16 draw.
These teams are as follows:
- Real Sociedad
- Union Saint-Gilloise
None of these sides can face each other until the quarter-final stage at earliest.
Winners of the knockout round play-off will join these sides in the draw once the games have been played.
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