The business end of the UEFA Europa League is on the horizon after the draw for the round of 16 was made on Friday afternoon.
Only two Premier League remain in Europe’s secondary cup competition after Arsenal were knocked out by Olympiakos in dramatic circumstances when the Greek outfit scored a last minute winner, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed a glorious opportunity at the other end.
Olympiakos were drawn with Wolverhampton Wanderers in the next round, meaning they will have faced three English sides in Europe this season, having already tussled with Spurs in the Champions League group stages. Wolves, who defeated Espanyol 6-3 on aggregate in the round of 32, are enjoying their first European campaign in forty years.
Manchester United, winners of this tournament in 2017, were drawn against Austrian side LASK, which is about as kind a draw as the Red Devils could have hoped for. Bruno Fernandes, who shined in their 5-0 demolition of Club Brugge on Thursday, has already faced the Linz outfit this season, providing a goal and an assist in Sporting CP’s 2-1 home win in the Europa League group stage. United are now the favourites to win the whole thing.
Rangers are the only Scottish side left in the competition following their 4-2 aggregate win over Sporting Braga and Celtic’s collapse against FC Copenhagen. The Gers will take on Bayer Leverkusen, who are currently sixth in the Bundesliga table, six points adrift of table toppers Bayern Munich.
Europa League last-16 draw in full:
Salzburg and Eintracht Frankfurt still have to play their round of 32 tie after the second leg was postponed due to adverse weather. The winner of that match will face FC Basel.
All games will take place on 12 and 19 March.