Europa League 2013-14 Draw: Full Playoff Round Fixtures Released
The draw for the 2013-14 Europa League play-off round has been made, meaning the two Premier League clubs included will now begin to plan for their European adventure.
Tottenham face a tricky trip to Georgia in the first leg of their Europa League playoff against Dinamo Tbilisi, while Swansea have been drawn to face Romania’s Petrolul Ploiesti.
Championship club Wigan represent the Premier League's third and final entrant into the competition, but they go straight into the group stage on account of their FA Cup victory from last season.
The fixtures will be contested over two legs on August 22 and 29, with the tournament's chief contenders setting their sights on next year's final in Turin, Italy.
Let’s take a looks at how each of the 62 sides fared in the draw.
|Home side (first leg)||Away side (first leg)|
|Zulte Waregem||Apoel Nicosia|
|Rapid Vienna||Dila Gori|
|IF Elfsborg||FC Nordsjaelland|
|SV Red Bull Salzburg||VMFD Zalgiris|
|FK Karabakh||Eintracht Frankfurt|
|Maccabi Tel-Aviv||PAOK Salonika|
|St. Gallen||Spartak Moscow|
|Maccabi Haifa||FC Astra Giurgiu|
|Dinamo Tbilisi||Tottenham Hotspur|
|Estoril Praia||FC Pasching|
|Partizan Belgrade||FC Thun|
Tottenham must slog it out in the Europa League again after failing to pip North London rivals Arsenal to fourth spot in the Premier League.
Spurs shouldn’t face too many problems from Dinamo Tbilisi, although the Georgians have tasted European success, albeit back in the 1981 Cup Winners' Cup. Tottenham themselves are chasing a first Continental crown since the 1984 UEFA Cup.
Swansea’s reward for thrashing Bradford City 5-0 in the League Cup final is a two-legged tie against Petrolul Ploiesti. The little-known Romanians finished third in their domestic league and beat Dutch side Vitesse to make the playoffs.
Perhaps the pick of the ties though is Grasshopper Zurich vs. Fiorentina. The Swiss Cup champions pushed Lyon close in Champions League qualifying and the Italians, who lost talisman Stevan Jovetic to Manchester City earlier in the summer, will have no doubt coveted an easier draw.
Eredivisie’s third-placed side Feyenoord will face Russian side Kuban Krasnodar, who broke Scottish hearts by knocking out Motherwell 3-0 on aggregate, while La Liga’s Sevilla travel to Poland to play Slask Wroclaw in the first leg.
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