Europa League Play-off Round Draw: A Brief Preview

Shola comin'.

The Europa League Play-off Round draw will take place Friday, August 10 at 1230 BST in Nyon, Switzerland. Newcastle United will enter the competition at this stage, and their matches will be contested on August 23 and 30. Each team will enjoy a home and away match, with the aggregate winner advancing to the 48 team group stage.

Because Newcastle are in the top half of the 62 teams playing this round based on their club coefficient, they will be a seeded team for the draw. Teams will be placed into one of 6 groups - 5 of them consisting of 10 teams, with the 6th adding an extra 2. Each group will contain an equal number of seeded and unseeded teams, and Newcastle will obviously be drawn with an unseeded team. The first team drawn will be the home team for the first leg.

Newcastle's draw has an extra bit of drama added, if you will. Because they have a league fixture with Chelsea on August 25, the Toon appealed to UEFA for a change of date from the 23rd. UEFA denied the appeal, but allowed that they would change the fixture if NUFC could come to an agreement with their opponent on a new date.

After the jump, I've included a list of all 62 teams competing in this round, along with their club coefficient and a brief explanation of how those coefficients are assigned to teams. We will live blog the draw starting at 1200 BST, and we hope you'll join us.

Teams are assigned a club coefficient based on their performances in European competitions over the last 5 years. Teams that have not competed in that time span, like Newcastle, are assigned coefficients based on other teams from their own country. This is why we cheered for Chelsea in the Champions League final last season (and then immediately took showers afterward). Newcastle's coefficient is 16.882. This number will remain unchanged throughout this year's tournament. They are the 24th ranked team in the Play-off Round, but all that matters right now is that they are in the top 31. The following teams will be placed in the draw Friday:

Club Country Coefficient
Internazionale Italy 104.996
Liverpool England 90.882
Marseille France 85.835
Sporting CP Portugal 82.069
CSKA Moskva Russia 80.566
PSV Eindhoven Netherlands 76.103
Bordeaux France 58.835
Twente Netherlands 57.103
Stuttgart Germany 55.037
Metalist Kharkiv Ukraine 52.526
Athletic Bilbao Spain 47.837
AZ Netherlands 44.103
Club Brugge Belgium 35.48
APOEL Cyprus 33.599
Hapoel Tel Aviv Israel 31.4
Hannover 96 Germany 31.037
Lazio Italy 29.996
PAOK Greece 27.92
Steaua Bucuresti Romania 26.764
Sparta Prague Czech Republic 25.57
Rosenborg Norway 20.935
Heerenveen Netherlands 20.103
Trabzonspor Turkey 19.81
Newcastle United England 16.882
Young Boys Switzerland 16.86
Levante Spain 16.837
Racing Genk Belgium 16.48
Viktoria Plzen Czech Republic 14.07
Dnipro Ukraine 14.026
Vaslui Romania 13.764
Bursaspor Turkey 13.31
Dinamo Bucuresti Romania 13.264
Feyenoord Netherlands 12.603
Maritimo Portugal 12.569
Rapid Wien Austria 12.265
Legia Warsaw Poland 11.983
Dinamo Moscow Russia 11.066
Red Star Belgrade Serbia 10.85
Sherrif Tiraspol Moldova 9.849
Anzhi Makhachkala Russia 9.566
Debrecen Hungary 7.95
Atromitos Greece 7.42
Heart of Midlothian Scotland 7.228
Motherwell Scotland 6.728
Midtjylland Denmark 6.505
Lokeren Belgium 6.48
Luzern Switzerland 6.36
AIK Sweden 5.68
Slovan Liberec Czech Republic 5.57
Horsens Denmark 5.505
Slask Wroclaw Poland 5.483
HJK Finland 5.326
Tromso Norway 4.935
Ekranas Lithuania 4.875
Partizan Serbia 4.141
Molde Norway 3.935
Videoton Hungary 3.45
F91 Dudelange Luxembourg 2.716
Neftchi Baku Azerbaijan 2.241
Dila Gori Georgia 1.733
Mura 05 Slovenia 1.424
Zeta Montenegro 1.375


Despite my best efforts, I can't get a horizontal line to show up in the table. The dividing line between seeded and unseeded should go between Bursaspor and Dinamo Bucuresti. Anybody below that could be Newcastle's opponent for this round. Who would you prefer to see them play?

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