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The Lilywhites could come up against Zlatan Ibrahimovic if they draw Man United.
The Lilywhites could come up against Zlatan Ibrahimovic if they draw Man United.

Who can Dundalk face in the Europa League group stages?

Manchester United, Inter Milan, Ajax, Roma and Villarreal are all possible opponents for the Louth club.
Aug 25th 2016, 10:30 PM 18,296 23

Updated at 22.30

DUNDALK MISSED OUT on a place in the Champions League group stage, but their exploits have ensured that they will compete in the Europa League group stage.

The draw for the competition takes place live on Uefa.com at 12pm today and there are some European heavyweights among the 48 clubs who await their fate.

These clubs will be split into four pots, based on their coefficient, and Dundalk are the lowest ranked team, meaning they most certainly will be in Pot 4.

Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United and three-time winners Inter Milan, Schalke and Zenit St Petersburg will be in Pot 1, while Roma, Villarreal and Ajax are also possible opponents after losing in the Champions League play-off.

Here’s what the line-up looks like:

Teams who had byes to the Europa League group stages

Schalke, Zenit St Petersburg, Manchester United, Athletic Bilbao, Inter Milan, Fiorentina, Braga, Standard Liege, Celta Vigo, Feyenoord, Mainz, Zurich, Southampton, Nice, Zorya Luhansk, Konyaspor.

Teams who have come in from the Champions League play-off

Ajax, APOEL, Dundalk, Hapoel Beer-Sheva, Roma, Salzburg, Steaua Bucharest, Viktoria Plzen, Villarreal, Young Boys.

Europa League playoff

FK Qarabag, Panathinaikos, Fenerbahce, FK Austria Vienna, Slovan Liberec, FK Krasnodar, AZ Alkmaar, FC Astana, Genk, Osmanlispor, PAOK Salonika, Anderlecht, KAA Gent, Sparta Prague, FK Qabala, Sassuolo, Hajduk Split, Olympiakos, Saint-Etienne, Astra Giurgiu, Shakthar Donetsk, Rapid Vienna.

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