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2019-20 UEFA Europa League Round Of 16 Draw Announced

Juan Pablo Aravena in Editorial, UEFA Europa League 28 Feb 2020

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Only 16 teams remain alive on the race to claim the 2019-20 UEFA Europa League title. The completion of the Round of 32 had to wait until Friday following the match between RB Salzburg and Eintracht Frankfurt, and the Bundesliga side notched a spot in the next stage of the tournament.

Here is the full round of fixtures for the 2019-20 UEFA Europa League Round Of 16:

Sevilla (Spain) vs AS Roma (Italy)

Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany) vs FC Basel (Switzerland)

Istanbul Basaksehir (Turkey) vs FC Copenhagen (Denmark)

LASK Linz (Austria) vs Manchester United (England)

Inter Milan (Italy) vs Getafe (Spain)

Wolfsburg (Germany) vs Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine)

Rangers (Scotland) vs Bayer Leverkusen (Germany)

Olympiacos (Greece) vs Wolverhampton (England)

Quick analysis of the 2019-20 UEFA Europa League Round Of 16 draw

There are several things to note following the draw. Germany are the only country with three teams in this round, while England, Italy and Spain have two each. The remaining countries have one representative, but some squads have surprised with their presence in this round.

For instance, who would have thought Olympiacos would eliminate Arsenal? Or that LASK Linz would eliminate AZ Alkmaar? Certainly no one saw that coming. Celtic, Benfica, FC Porto and Ajax were other top teams that were eliminated earlier than anticipated.

The most interesting tie, by all accounts, will be the one of Sevilla playing against AS Roma. Both teams could easily be considered as title contenders, but only of them will reach the quarterfinals.

The lone two Premier League squad left in the competition have relatively easy fixtures. Manchester United will face LASK Link, while Wolverhampton will take on Olympiacos. Unless an upset occurs, both sides should cruise their way towards the next stage.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Juan Pablo Aravena


A freelance writer and sports analyst with almost five years of experience in the industry before joining SoccerNews, Juan Pablo Aravena is based in Chile and currently contributes to several publications and websites including SoccerNews, 12up, and Sports From The Basement, while also working as a fantasy beat writer for RotoWire, as a database editor for EA Sports, and as a football analyst for SmartOdds and InsideFutbol. His areas of focus are Serie A, Bundesliga, Premier League, LaLiga, and Ligue 1, but he has also written about MLS and South American football in the past.

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