Because Newcastle finished only second in their group in the Europa league after being easily beaten 2-0 at Bordeaux last night, we go into the draw for the next round – the round of the last 32 as an unseeded side.
Liverpool surprisingly won Group A, by winning 1-0 at Udinese and squeezed through with three teams in their group on 10 points, and Tottenham finished second in Group J – again on 10 points, one more than Newcastle got in their Group D, by beating Panathinaikos 3-1 at White Hart Lane.
The seeded teams are as follows and include Chelsea who dropped down from the Champions league after only finishing 3rd in their group.
SEEDED – Liverpool, Viktoria Plzen, Fenerbahce, Bordeaux, Steaua Bucuresti, Dnipro, Genk, Rubin Kazan, Lyon, Lazio, Metalist Kharkiv, Hannover, Chelsea, CFR Cluj, Olympiakos, Benfica
And the unseeded teams are:
UNSEEDED – Anzhi Makhachkala, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Monchengladbach, Newcastle United, VfB Stuttgart, Napoli, FC Basel, Inter Milan, Sparta Prague, Tottenham Hotspur, Bayer Leverkusen, Levante, Zenit St Petersburg, BATE Borisov, Dynamo Kiev, Ajax Amsterdam
The draw takes place at 14.00 GMT on Thursday, December 20, and none of the teams from the same national association can be drawn together in this round – but can from the round of the last 16 – and basically a team form the seeded group is drawn against a team from the unseeded group.
The seeded teams will be at home in the second leg, and on December 20th at 14:00 GMT, and both the Rounds of the last 32 and the Round of the last 16 will be drawn.
The dates for the next two rounds are as follows:
Round of 32: February 14 and 21
Round of 16: March 7 and 14
If Newcastle can get through these two ties – we are in the quarter finals.
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