English clubs await Europa fate

Rafa Benitez might be a little anxious ahead of the draw. Photo: PA

Four Premier League clubs are set to find out who they will face in the last 32 of the Europa League, when the draw is made later today.

Chelsea and Liverpool are seeded for the draw, whereas Tottenham and Newcastle sit in the second, unseeded, pot.

Last season's Champions League winners, Chelsea, became the first European champions to fail to get out of their group, when they finished behind Juventus and Shakhtar Dontesk, but will be hoping to make up for this with some Europa League success.

Both Chelsea and Liverpool will be looking to avoid the likes of the unseeded Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan, but they should be confident that they will be able to progress, whoever they get.

Andre Villas-Boas won this tournament when in charge at Porto, so will have no qualms with the potential draw, especially as the the seeded section does include some relatively weak teams.

Seeded teams: Liverpool, Viktoria Plzen, Fenerbahce, Bordeaux, Steaua Bucharest, Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, Genk, Rubin Kazan, Olympique Lyonnais, Lazio, Mentalist Kharkiv, Hannover 96, Chelsea,CFR Cluj, Olympiacos, Benfica.

Unseeded teams: Anzhi Makhachkala, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Monchengladbach, Newcastle United, VfB Stuttgart, Napoli, FC Basel, Inter Milan, Sparta Prague, Tottenham Hotspur, Bayer Leverkusen, Levante, Dynamo Kyiv, Zenit St Petersburg, Ajax, BATE Borisov.