EUROPA LEAGUE: THURSDAY IS DRAW DAY

Chelsea will discover our opponents for our first Europa League tie this afternoon (Thursday) when the draw for the round of 32 takes place in Switzerland.

Proceedings begin at 1pm UK time and with Chelsea in the seeded half of the draw and unable to play any English side at this stage, we could face one of 14 teams.

They are:

Anzhi Makhachkala
Atletico Madrid
Borussia Monchengladbach
Stuttgart
Napoli
Basel
Internazionale
Sparta Prague
Bayer Leverkusen
Levante
Dynamo Kiev
Zenit St Petersburg
Ajax
BATE Borisov

We are guaranteed to play the second leg at home with the matches taking place on 14 and 21 February.

After the initial draw today, the draw for the round of 16 will follow and there are no seeded teams or restrictions due to country. Slips of paper for 'Winners of match 1' to 'Winners of match 16' are placed in one bowl and shuffled. The first team drawn are to play their first match at home against the second team drawn. This is then repeated for all eight tie.

Those games will be played on 7 and 14 March.

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