West Ham United will face one of these eight teams in Friday’s Europa League draw after the conclusion of the play-offs.
West Ham have had the luxury of sitting back and relaxing as they watch some top class clubs battle it out for the right to play them in the Europa League last 16 over the last two Thursday nights.
Some tight scorelines in the first legs meant the eight teams that would be in the hat to face West Ham were not clear cut.
But after the conclusion of the play-off second legs tonight – which pitted the eight Champions League dropouts against the eight Europa League group stage runners-up – West Ham now know the eight teams they could be drawn against on Friday.
West Ham will face one of these eight teams in Friday’s Europa League draw and here’s everything you need to know
Atalanta (Italy) – West Ham beat the Serie A side 2-0 at the London Stadium in pre-season and tried to sign their star striker Duvan Zapata in January.
Sevilla (Spain) – The four-time winners of this competition have the carrot of knowing they will be playing at home if they make it to the final. Sevilla are vying for the La Liga title and represent one of the toughest possible draws. West Ham striker target Youssef En-Nesyri plays for Sevilla.
Porto (Portugal) – Saw off Lazio setting up a potential reunion with former West Ham academy striker Toni Martinez.
RB Leipzig (Germany) – The club David Moyes publicly stated he wanted West Ham to emulate when he returned to east London. Well now he might get to see how close the Hammers are with the Germans in the hat after seeing off Moyes old club Real Sociedad 5-3 on aggregate.
Rangers (Scotland) – The club Tomas Soucek is desperate for West Ham to face in a battle of Britain. Ibrox was rocking as Rangers sealed an epic 6-4 aggregate win over the Germans.
Real Betis (Spain) – The potential reunion with former West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini is still on. His Betis side are going great guns in La Liga, currently sitting third in the table. And they saw off Zenit St Petersburg, easing any fears of a complicated clash with the Russian side. But only after a very suspect 90th minute intervention from VAR which ruled out a Zenit goal which would have made it 3-3 on aggregate.
Barcelona (Spain) – Do we really need to say anything about this one? Eased to a comfortable victory over Napoli and looking much-improved after a glut of signings under the great Xavi. A clash of the claret and blues is seriously on the cards. And a trip to the mythical Camp Nou for the Hammers?
Braga (Portugal) – Braga turned around a 2-0 first leg deficit to Moldovan side Sheriff Tiraspol to force extra-time. Braga then won on penalties. They would arguably be one of the easier draws for West Ham but as the Portuguese side proved tonight they are a lovely footballing side under ex Swansea and Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal.
When is the Europa League last-16 draw? Date, start time, TV channel and seeded teams for knockout round
Set your alarms West Ham fans because the draw for the Europa League last 16 will take place on Friday, February 25, at 11am UK time. UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, will host the draw ceremony.
The draw will be broadcast live on BT Sport 1 and live streamed on the BT Sport website and app. The draw will also be live stream on UEFA’s official website and YouTube channel.
As one of the seeded teams West Ham will get the historical advantage of playing the second leg at home. That means an away trip on Thursday March 10th for the first leg followed by the return at the London Stadium on March 17th.