West Ham & Leicester
England will, due to the introduction of the Europa Conference League, have only two teams in this season’s Europa League.
Of course, one of Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea or Liverpool could enter the competition in the knockout rounds if they finish 3rd in their Champions League group.
But for now, the Premier League starts with a maximum of two teams in the Europa League group stages.
England’s two representatives this year are Leicester City and West Ham United.
The former are now becoming quite familiar with the competition, and would make it to the Round of 32 last time out before losing to Slavia Prague.
West Ham, on the other hand, are set to enter the group stage of the Europa League for the first time.
They did make it into the qualifying rounds for the competition during the 2015/16 and 2016/17 campaigns.
However, the Hammers ultimately lost out in the 3rd qualifying round and play-off round respectively, leading to them missing out on a spot in the groups.
After finishing 6th in the Premier League last time out, though, David Moyes’ men were entered straight into the group stage draw this year, a draw which took place on Friday.
2021/22 Europa League draw
And, for their part, West Ham have been handed a fairly favourable draw.
The Londoners will face off with Dinamo Zagreb, who knocked Tottenham out of the competition last year.
But the remainder of their group doesn’t look too daunting, in the form of Belgian outfit Genk and Austrian side Rapid Wien.
Leicester, meanwhile, were handed a slightly harder test, facing Napoli, Spartak Moscow and Legia Warsaw.
Meanwhile, Celtic will be forced to take on the talents of both Real Betis and Bayer Leverkusen.
Rangers have been drawn against Lyon, but the remainder of their group looks fairly handy.
Check out the full draw below:
The 2021/22 Europa League group stage is set! 🤩
— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) August 27, 2021
This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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