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There is plenty of British interest in what takes place in Nyon on Monday when the draw for the 2019-20 Europa League knockout stages is made. 

Five sides from the United Kingdom will be involved after Arsenal, , Wolves, Celtic and Rangers all secured safe passage through to a round-of-32 featuring some giants from the continent.  

But how does the draw work and who is likely to face who? Check out our in depth guide to the Europa League draw covering every side. 

The draw for the Europa League round-of-32 takes place in Nyon, Switzerland, on Monday

The draw for the Europa League round-of-32 takes place in Nyon, Switzerland, on Monday

When is it?

The Europa League round-of-32 draw will take place on Monday December 16 at UEFA's HQ in Nyon, Switzerland.

What time is it?

The draw will commence at midday (GMT) following proceedings regarding the Champions League last-16.

How can I watch?

BT Sport 1 will show the draw live from midday while UEFA will also stream the proceedings on their website.

TEAM GUIDE - SEEDED

Ajax

Manager: Eric ten Hag

Star man: Hakim Ziyech 

They will be one of the leading contenders having dropped in from the Champions League. But ending up here in the first place represents a major drop-off for a side that reached the semi-finals of the Champions League last season. 

Only a late, late, late strike from Lucas Moura in Amsterdam kept them out of a final against Liverpool and having been beaten at home by Valencia on the last round of this season's group stage, complacency caught up with them. 

Still have talented stars such as Hakim Ziyech and Donny van de Beek and if they stay in January, nobody will fancy drawing the Dutch giants.  

Who could they face? - APOEL, Bayer Leverkusen, CFR Cluj, Club Brugge, Copenhagen, Eintracht Frankfurt, Getafe, Ludogorets, Olympiacos, Rangers, Roma, Shakhtar Donetsk, Sporting CP, Wolfsburg, Wolves

Hakim Ziyech (left) and Donny van de Beek (right) need to play a big role for Ajax to succeed

Hakim Ziyech (left) and Donny van de Beek (right) need to play a big role for Ajax to succeed

Arsenal

Manager: Freddie Ljungberg (interim) 

Star man:  

They were 90 minutes away from lifting the trophy last season, only for London rivals Chelsea to teach them a lesson in Baku. 

Unai Emery, who is a master in this competition, is now gone and interim boss Freddie Ljungberg will hope he is given the chance to take this side into the knockout stages early next year. 

Defeat by Eintracht Frankfurt aside, the game that ended Emery's reign, it was a positive group stage with only Braga (15) scoring more goals than Arsenal. Will believe they can go all the way again provided they avoid a tough early draw in or Donetsk.  

Who could they face? - APOEL, AZ Alkmaar, Bayer Leverkusen, CFR Cluj, Club Brugge, Copenhagen, Getafe, Ludogorets, Olympiacos, Rangers, Roma, Shakhtar Donetsk, Sporting CP, Wolfsburg 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be tasked with firing Arsenal to glory as they target the title

will be tasked with firing Arsenal to glory as they target the title

Basel

Manager: Marcel Koller

Star man: Arthur Mendonca Cabral

Locked in a fierce title race with Young Boys in the Swiss Super League, confidence is sky high under Marcel Koller right now. 

Topping their group ahead of Getafe, who finished a point behind them, represents a strong start to the campaign and having conceded just four goals in six group games, much of their ethos centres on being solid at the back. 

While not a household name among the seeded teams, they are organised and will believe they can stifle anybody on the road in the first leg.  

Who could they face? - APOEL, AZ Alkmaar, Bayer Leverkusen, CFR Cluj, Club Brugge, Copenhagen, Eintracht Frankfurt, Ludogorets, Olympiacos, Rangers, Roma, Shakhtar Donetsk, Sporting CP, Wolfsburg, Wolves

It is all smiles right now at Basel with manager Marcel Koller keeping it very tight at the back

It is all smiles right now at Basel with manager Marcel Koller keeping it very tight at the back 

Benfica

Manager: Bruno Lage 

Star man: Carlos Vinicius

Much like Ajax, there will be disappointment in some Benfica quarters that they are preparing for the Europa League - not Champions League - at the start of 2020. 

They were in the easiest group in the Champions League with Zenit, Lyon and RB Leipzig for company, but could only muster two wins from six games, one of which came in the final round to ensure they did not finish bottom. 

They look suspect at the back but will back themselves to score goals with Carlos Vinicius in the side. 

From a narrative perspective, a meeting with Wolves, who are flooded with Portuguese stars, would be fascinating.  

Who could they face? - APOEL, AZ Alkmaar, Bayer Leverkusen, CFR Cluj, Club Brugge, Copenhagen, Eintracht Frankfurt, Getafe, Ludogorets, Olympiacos, Rangers, Roma, Shakhtar Donetsk, Wolfsburg, Wolves

Carlos Vinicius is set to play a starring role as Benfica look to dominate the knockout stages

Carlos Vinicius is set to play a starring role as Benfica look to dominate the knockout stages

Braga

Manager: Ricardo Sa Pinto

Star man

Another Portuguese side to cast our eye over. Only this time, Braga are not entering on a low of missing out in the Champions League. 

Ricardo Sa Pinto's side scored the most goals of any side in the Europa League group stages with 15 as they went the whole campaign unbeaten. 

They will not fear any of the sides in their list of potential opponents. If you're Steven Gerrard and Rangers, this is one of those teams placed in the 'do not want' category.  

Who could they face? - APOEL, AZ Alkmaar, Bayer Leverkusen, CFR Cluj, Club Brugge, Copenhagen, Eintracht Frankfurt, Getafe, Ludogorets, Olympiacos, Rangers, Roma, Shakhtar Donetsk, Wolfsburg

Braga have scored more goals in the group stage than any other side still in the competition

Braga have scored more goals in the group stage than any other side still in the competition

Celtic

Manager: Neil Lennon

Star man: James Forrest

One of the big things levelled at Brendan Rodgers before he left to take over at Leicester was his disappointing record in European competition. 

But one thing his successor Neil Lennon has done is produce a campaign so strong it caught even the most optimistic supporters by surprise. From the win against high-flying Lazio in to the demolition job of Rennes at home, the Parkhead side are full of confidence at this level. 

There are tough sides in their list of potential opponents, none more daunting than a return to to face AS Roma. 

A match-up against Nuno Espirito Santo's Wolves would have the hallmarks of a real cracker.  

Who could they face? - APOEL, AZ Alkmaar, Bayer Leverkusen, Club Brugge, Copenhagen, Eintracht Frankfurt, Getafe, Ludogorets, Olympiacos, Roma, Shakhtar Donetsk, Sporting CP, Wolfsburg, Wolves

James Forrest (right) celebrated with team-mates as Celtic put on a show to beat Lazio in Rome

James Forrest (right) celebrated with team-mates as Celtic put on a show to beat Lazio in

Espanyol

Manager: Pablo Machin

Star man: Wu Lei

The curious case of Espanyol is fast becoming harder and harder to explain. 

Rooted to the foot of La Liga, Pablo Machin's squad look to be among the favourites to drop down to the second division. 

And yet here they are, seeded having topped Group H, ahead of the round-of-32 draw in the Europa League. It was not the strongest line-up with Ludogorets, Ferencvaros and CSKA Moscow for company, but they could only beat what was in front of them. 

Tougher tests ahead, no doubt, but do not bet against this weird domestic-European trend continuing.  

Who could they face? - APOEL, AZ Alkmaar, Bayer Leverkusen, CFR Cluj, Club Brugge, Copenhagen, Eintracht Frankfurt, Olympiacos, Rangers, Roma, Shakhtar Donetsk, Sporting CP, Wolfsburg, Wolves

Espanyol's domestic and European form contrast massively but they are thriving in Europe

Espanyol's domestic and European form contrast massively but they are thriving in Europe

Gent

Manager: Jess Thorup

Star man: Jonathan David

Zero defeats shows Gent are not to be messed with. 

The Belgian side may not possess the glamour of an Inter Milan or , and will be way down the bookmakers' favourites, but Jess Thorup has put together a side who can be greater than the sum of their parts. 

Keep an eye on Canadian teenager Jonathan David. A big draw and a big performance could see his market value rocket as he continues an impressive campaign.  

Who could they face? - APOEL, AZ Alkmaar, Bayer Leverkusen, CFR Cluj, Copenhagen, Eintracht Frankfurt, Getafe, Ludogorets, Olympiacos, Rangers, Roma, Shakhtar Donetsk, Sporting CP, Wolves

Gent will be overlooked but Jess Thorup has galvanised a squad through to the round-of-32

Gent will be overlooked but Jess Thorup has galvanised a squad through to the round-of-32

Inter Milan

Manager:

Star man: Lautaro Martinez

It was in their hands, that is what really bothers Inter Milan fans. Yes, it was the Group of Death. Yes, they needed to beat Barcelona at home in the final round to qualify. But Inter Milan will be full of regrets following another botched Champions League campaign. 

Dethroning Juventus in Serie A will be their main priority from now until the end of the season but they arguably have one of the best starting XI's left in the Europa League and can count themselves among the favourites. 

If decides he wants to be a little bit greedy, he could blow the competition away.  

Who could they face? - APOEL, AZ Alkmaar, Bayer Leverkusen, CFR Cluj, Club Brugge, Copenhagen, Eintracht Frankfurt, Getafe, Ludogorets, Olympiacos, Rangers, Shakhtar Donetsk, Sporting CP, Wolfsburg, Wolves

Antonio Conte has one of the strongest teams currently in the tournament at his disposal

has one of the strongest teams currently in the tournament at his disposal 

Istanbul Basaksehir

Manager: Okan Buruk

Star man: Arda Turan

History made, whatever happens from now, as this is the first time Istanbul Basaksehir have qualified for the round-of-32. They are in unfamiliar territory and expectations will only continue to rise if they keep upsetting the odds. 

Enzo Crivelli was the man who stole the headlines following a 2-1 win over Borussia Monchengladbach - ensuring the German side missed out with Roma joining Basaksehir - that secured top spot in the group. 

The Istanbul intimidation factor will play into the thinking of the side they get - particularly with the second leg in Turkey.  

Who could they face? - APOEL, AZ Alkmaar, Bayer Leverkusen, CFR Cluj, Club Brugge, Copenhagen, Eintracht Frankfurt, Getafe, Ludogorets, Olympiacos, Rangers, Shakhtar Donetsk, Sporting CP, Wolfsburg, Wolves

Enzo Crivelli (right) scored the goal that saw them reach the round-of-32 for the first time ever

Enzo Crivelli (right) scored the goal that saw them reach the round-of-32 for the first time ever

LASK

Manager: Valerien Ismael

Star man: Peter Michorl

For those unfamiliar with Austrian football, LASK topping a group including Sporting Lisbon, PSV Eindhoven and Rosenborg came as a real surprise. 

Three adrift of the increasingly popular Red Bull Salzburg in the Austrian Bundesliga, Valerien Ismael's side are continuing to slip beneath the radar. 

Have proven they belong at this level with an impressive group stage, losing just once.  

Who could they face? - APOEL, AZ Alkmaar, Bayer Leverkusen, CFR Cluj, Club Brugge, Copenhagen, Eintracht Frankfurt, Getafe, Ludogorets, Olympiacos, Rangers, Roma, Shakhtar Donetsk, Wolfsburg, Wolves

Joao Klauss (middle) jumps for joy as LASK Linsk book their spot in the round-of-32

Joao Klauss (middle) jumps for joy as LASK Linsk book their spot in the round-of-32 

Malmo

Manager: Uwe Rosler

Star man: Arnor Ingvi Traustason

Uwe Rosler's side made light work of their group and have shown a real solidity in the campaign so far. 

They will always concede chances - and ultimately goals - but in striker Markus Rosenberg, they have someone who will always give them a chance in the knockout stages. 

Will be one of the preferred draws for the unseeded British sides, though.  

Who could they face? - APOEL, AZ Alkmaar, Bayer Leverkusen, CFR Cluj, Club Brugge, Eintracht Frankfurt, Getafe, Ludogorets, Olympiacos, Rangers, Roma, Shakhtar Donetsk, Sporting CP, Wolfsburg, Wolves

Malmo topped their group but are likely to be a preferred opponent from the seeded teams

Malmo topped their group but are likely to be a preferred opponent from the seeded teams

Manager: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Star man: Marcus Rashford

There were moments when things looked a little bit hairy, but 's season looks to be firmly back on track. 

Rotation has been key to the group stages for United and yet they still managed to top their group. Teenager Mason Greenwood has impressed and bagged twice in the final game of the group against AZ Alkmaar. 

Expect regular starters such as Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Scott McTominay to feature more regularly from the knockout stages. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been galvanised following wins over Tottenham and Manchester City and only a trip to face Roma would put the frighteners up those at Old Trafford. Will be confident of a deep run.  

Who could they face? - APOEL, Bayer Leverkusen, CFR Cluj, Club Brugge, Copenhagen, Eintracht Frankfurt, Getafe, Ludogorets, Olympiacos, Rangers, Roma, Shakhtar Donetsk, Sporting CP, Wolfsburg

Marcus Rashford has found form again and is set to feature more in the knockout stages

Marcus Rashford has found form again and is set to feature more in the knockout stages

Porto

Manager: Sergio Conceicao

Star man: Vincent Aboubakar

To the casual observer, Porto are more typically playing a role in the knockout stages of the Champions League, not the Europa. 

But Sergio Conceicao's side are where they are and stayed disciplined in a tricky group that included Steven Gerrard's Rangers. 

At times, it was not spectacular and two defeats from six games showed room to improve, but they are seasoned pros at this stage of European competition and will be buoyed having navigated a relatively tough group compared to some rivals.  

Who could they face? - APOEL, AZ Alkmaar, Bayer Leverkusen, CFR Cluj, Club Brugge, Copenhagen, Eintracht Frankfurt, Getafe, Ludogorets, Olympiacos, Roma, Shakhtar Donetsk, Wolfsburg, Wolves

Vincent Aboubakar has enjoyed himself and has produced some vital goals in the tournament

Vincent Aboubakar has enjoyed himself and has produced some vital goals in the tournament

Salzburg

Manager: Jesse Marsch

Star man: Erling Braut Haaland 

Whatever people made of wonderkid Erling Braut Haaland or the passionate team-talk given by boss Jesse Marsch at Anfield at half-time, it was hard not to be entertained by Red Bull Salzburg. 

A 4-3 thriller at Anfield put most of their squad on the radar of the rest of Europe's top sides and their draw away to Napoli led to a civil war between players and the owner at the Italian club. 

Much of their chances depend on how many players are lured away in the January window. Keep Haaland and they will be a force for a number of teams left in. Lose the big man and it could be a tough slog.  

Who could they face? - APOEL, AZ Alkmaar,

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