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Man Utd to continue England’s domination? What Uefa’s Europa League draw means for each team’s chances

By Harry Edwards

Published: 13:27, 10 July 2020 | Updated: 9:55, 3 August 2020

The draw for the remainder of the 2019/20 Europa League campaign has been made, with English clubs Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers learning their routes to the title.

Unlike the Champions League, there were no teams confirmed in the quarter-final draw with football’s break coming before the last-16 second legs took place.

Despite this, Man Utd were the pre-draw favourites to win the Europa League thanks, in part, to their 5-0 advantage over LASK going into their second-leg which will take place at Old Trafford. The Red Devils were some way clear of Bayer Leverkusen in second, who beat Rangers 3-1 in their first leg.

Following closely behind the German side were both Wolves and Inter Milan, with Nuno Espirito Santo‘s men drawing 1-1 with Olympiacos in the first leg (but do hold an away goal) while the Nerazzurri face Getage in one of two single-legged fixtures.


Pre-draw odds*: SBK

  • Manchester United (5/2)
  • Bayer Leverkusen (29/5)
  • Wolves (32/5)
  • Inter Milan (32/5)
  • Sevilla (42/5)
  • Roma (33/2)
  • Getafe (33/1)
  • Shakhtar Donetsk (37/2)
  • Basel (29/1)
  • Wolfsburg (43/1)
  • Olympiacos (43/1)
  • Istanbul Basaksehir (54/1)
  • FC Copenhagen (79/1)
  • Eintracht Frankfurt (94/1)
  • Rangers (94/1)
  • LASK (129/1)

*Odds correct at time of writing (12:15 10/07/2020).

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The other single-legged fixture still to be played in the last 16 sees Roma take on Sevilla. Elsewhere, FC Basel are in a comfortable position against Eintracht Frankurt, winning the first leg 3-0 while Shakhtar Donetsk and Istanbul Basaksehir also take leads into their second legs.

But the almost-messy nature of the draw only added to the excitement, with teams still not knowing who they will face should they reach the quarter-finals. For Man Utd, unless they are on the receiving end of a shock result against LASK, it’s favourable tie against either Istanbul Basaksehir or FC Copenhagen, neither of whom are expected to go far in the competition.

Wolves‘ reward should they see off Olympiacos in the second leg is a potentially tricky game against one of Sevilla or Roma while Rangers’ reward for a comeback against Bayer Lekerkusen would be a match against Inter Milan or Getafe.

The final game of the quarter-finals will see Wolfsburg or Shakhtar Donetsk take on Eintracht Frankfurt or Basel.

Any fans hoping for an all-English Europa League final, as was the case last year, will have been bitterly disappointed by the semi-final draws in which Wolves and Man Utd will take each other on should they get through their last-16 and quarter-final ties.

Following the draw, Man Utd‘s odds slightly dropped with the Red Devils still expected to reach the final, although Wolves‘ own odds remained the same despite the potential all-Premier League semi-final clash. Should Man Utd go all the way, they would win the trophy for the second time in four years, while also becoming the second consecutive English winner after Chelsea’s victory last season.

But Inter Milan’s odds increased after they were drawn in the same quarter-final tie as Bayer Leverkusen.


Post-draw odds: SBK

  • Manchester United (21/10)
  • Bayer Leverkusen (28/5)
  • Wolves (32/5)
  • Inter Milan (37/5)
  • Sevilla (21/2)
  • Roma (15/1)
  • Getafe (15/1)
  • Shakhtar Donetsk (37/2)
  • Wolfsburg (24/1)
  • Basel (29/1)
  • Olympiacos (43/1)
  • Istanbul Basaksehir (54/1)
  • FC Copenhagen (79/1)
  • Rangers (99/1)
  • LASK (129/1)

Remaining Europa League last-16 ties:

  • Getafe vs Inter Milan (single-leg fixture)
  • Shakhtar Donetsk vs Wolfsburg (2-1 after first leg)
  • Bayer Leverkusen vs Rangers (3-1 after first leg)
  • Wolves vs Olympiacos (1-1 after first leg)
  • Man Utd vs LASK (5-0 after first leg)
  • Basel vs Eintracht Frankfurt (3-0 after first leg)
  • Roma vs Sevilla (single-leg fixture)
  • FC Copenhagen vs Istanbul Basaksehir (0-1 after first leg)

The last-16 second-leg ties will be played at the grounds of the home team, between 5-6 August. The two single-leg fixtures will be played in Germany over the same dates.

Europa League quarter-final draw in full:

  • Wolfsburg/Shakhtar Donetsk vs Eintracht Frankfurt/Basel
  • LASK/Man Utd vs Istanbul Basaksehir/FC Copenhagen
  • Inter Milan/Getafe vs Rangers/Bayer Leverkusen
  • Olympiacos/Wolves vs Sevilla/Roma

The quarter-final ties will be single-legged and played in Cologne, Duisburg, Dusseldorf and Gelsenkirchen between 10-11 August.

Europa League semi-final draw in full:

  • Olympiacos/Wolves/Sevilla/Roma vs LASK/Man Utd/Istanbul Basaksehir/FC Copenhagen
  • Inter Milan/Getafe/Rangers/Bayer Leverkusen vs Wolfsburg/Shakhtar Donetsk/Eintracht Frankfurt/Basel

The semi-final ties will be single-legged and played in Germany between 16-17 August.

Europa League final draw:

  • Olympiacos/Wolves/Sevilla/Roma/LASK/Man Utd/Istanbul Basaksehir/FC Copenhagen vs Inter Milan/Getafe/Rangers/Bayer Leverkusen/Wolfsburg/Shakhtar Donetsk/Eintracht Frankfurt/Basel

The 2019/20 Europa League final will be held in Cologne on August 21.