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Europa League draw: Who can West Ham face in the group stages?


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est Ham have qualified for the Europa League group stage for the first ever time, and European competition proper for the first time in 22 years.

A superb Premier League campaign under David Moyes have raised expectations far beyond what was thought possible, and the Hammers have started the new domestic season in similar fashion.

So, who lies in wait in Friday’s draw?

All pot placings are estimated before the play-off round concludes on Thursday. Each pot will eventually consist of eight teams.

Who can West Ham face in the Europa League draw?

Pot 1: Lyon, Napoli, Bayer Leverkusen, Lazio, Slavia Prague

West Ham will face one of the top seeds, of which two more names will be added come draw time.

Pot 2: Celtic, Eintracht Frankfurt, Red Star Belgrade, Leicester City, Rangers, Lokomotiv Moscow

West Ham could be in this group, but more likely in Pot 3 due to their limited experience in European football. The only team they definitely won’t face in this grouping is Leicester.

Pot 3: Ludogorets, Marseille, West Ham, Real Sociedad, Real Betis, Fenerbache

Should West Ham be in Pot 3, they will not be drawn with any other team from the same pot.

Pot 4: Rapid Wein, Galatasaray, Midtjylland, Ferencvaros, Royal Antwerp, Sturm Graz

The supposed weakest teams in the draw, West Ham will still be looking for a favour in Istanbul.


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