UEFA Europa League Third Qualifying Round Preview

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The 2019-20 UEFA Europa League play-off draw took place on Monday and revealed which routes teams must take in order to reach this season’s group stage.

The playoff draw for the 2019/20 Europa League has been made ahead of the third qualifying round matches this week, setting out the paths that the remaining contenders in the Champions Path and Main Path must successfully navigate in order to reach the group stage.

The identity of some of the clubs in the Champions Path will be determined by the outcome of various Champions League third qualifying ties being played this week and the next.

The third qualifying ties must first be played, taking place on 8 August and 15 August. But after that, playoff ties will be played before the end of the month on 22 August and 29 August.

The 21 playoff winners will join the 17 clubs who have already qualified for the group stage, as well as four League Path losers from the Champions League third qualifying round and six Champions League playoff losers to complete the 48-team competition.

The group stage draw, featuring the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal, Sevilla, Lazio, Roma and Sporting CP will eventually be made on 30 August.

Don’t know which games to watch? Lucky for you, these two big matchups will be played at separate times giving you enough entertainment for the entire evening!

🇦🇲 FC Pyunik vs Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

Kick-off 18:00 CET

A 4,600-mile round trip to Armenia before the Premier League season gets underway at Leicester on Sunday is not exactly ideal for Nuno’s men.

After getting to know their opponents for the third qualifying round Nuno had this to say:

“It’s tough because it’s very far and there are lots of hours of flight, but we have to do it and we have prepared well, and we’re going to play, then we’re going to think of Leicester.

“It’s the reality. We’re going to fly and make this time useful, trying to rush the recovery of the players with good food.

“It’s a challenge for us, and we have to embrace it by doing our best. It’s what we do.

“It’s going to be tough. They did well in the previous round.

“We’ve analysed it, and they’re always a tough team, and they have good players. It will be a tough game.”

Wolves are the clear favourites to win – but Nuno, as ever, is taking nothing for granted.

Wolves have further boosted their options up top by signing Patrick Cutrone, who has previously impressed in the competition for AC Milan:

Wolves’ firepower will send Santo’s men into a commanding first-leg lead and eventually a possible tie against Serie A side Torino.

Who are FC Pyunik you might ask? Well, they clinched their Europa League qualifying opportunity through finishing second in the Armenian Premier League last season, and beat FK Jablonec of the Czech Republic to set up this two-legged tie with Wolves.

They finished only a point worse off than title-winners Ararat-Armenia in the nine-team division, which also includes the likes of Banants, Alashkert and Shirak.

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🇩🇰 FC Midtylland vs Glasgow Rangers FC 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

Kick-off 20:00 CET

Rangers continue their slog to reach the Europa League group stages on Thursday night in Scandinavia when they face FC Midtjylland – a Danish Superliga side which apparently are Rangers’ toughest test to date.

Midtjylland are making their entrance to the Europa League at the third-round qualifying stage and they are doing so off the back of a brilliant start to their domestic campaign.

However, Gerrard’s men will be buoyant ahead of their trip to Denmark following a dramatic opening day Scottish Premiership victory against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park on Sunday.

Rangers are entering their second season under Steven Gerrard and hoping to return to the tournament’s group stage once more.

Last season’s Scottish Premiership runners-up failed to make it past the group stage in the 2018-19 Europa League, but they will be targeting an improvement after another campaign of experience with Gerrard at the helm.

Midtjylland have won all of their league fixtures by one goal and Brazilian playmaker Evander has scored in their last three successes.

However, the Danish outfit are coming up against a Rangers side who have scored 25 times in their 10 pre-season and competitive fixtures since the start of June.

It’s possible the Europa League play-off round could feature three Eredivisie sides should Ajax lose to PAOK in the Champions League and drop down to the second-tier competition.

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