Europa League draw: Tottenham face Besiktas while Everton draw Lille and Wolfsburg in group stage

  • Tottenham defeated AEL Limassol 5-1 on aggregate to reach group stage
  • Everton enter tournament after fifth place Premier League finish last term
  • Celtic drop into Europa League following Champions League elimination
  • Hull already out of UEFA Europa League after play-off defeat by Lokeren
  • Holders Sevilla, Inter Milan and Napoli among top seeds along with Spurs
  • Draw took place at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco at 12pm

By Dan Ripley for MailOnline

Tottenham will face Besiktas in group C while Everton have drawn Lille and Wolfsburg in group H of the Europa League after the tournament draw in Monaco.

Spurs take on the Turkish side their north London rivals Arsenal relegated to European club football's second tier, along with Belgrade club Partizan and Greece's Asteras Tripolis. 

Everton's group of Wolfsburg and Lille was completed by Russia's FC Krasnodar. 

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  • Dan Ripley

    Host commentator


A couple of eye openers there. Besiktas are heading back to north London, but it's not to face Arsenal again, but their north London rivals Tottenham.

Everton face tricky ties in France and Germany, while Celtic avoid the Premier League contingent and a fiery rematch with Legia.

That's all from me - thanks for following. you can catch the post-match fall-out on the homepage.

The UEFA Europa League group stage draw

Villarreal, Borussia Monchengladbach, FC Zurich, Apollon.

FC Copenhagen, Club Bruges, Torino, HJK Helsinki.

Tottenham, Besiktas, Partizan Belgrade, Asteras.

Red Bull Salzburg, Celtic, Dinamo Zagreb, FC Astra.

PSV Eindhoven, Panathinaikos, Estoril Praia, Dinamo Moscow.

Inter Milan, Dnipro, St Etienne, Qarabag.

Sevilla, Standard Liege, Feyenoord, Rijeka.

Lille, Wolfsburg, Everton, Krasnodar.

Napoli, Sparta Prague, Young Boys, Slovan Bratislava.

Dynamo Kiev, Steaua Bucharest, Rio Ave, Aalborg.

Fiorentina, PAOK, Guingamp, Dinamo Minsk.

Metalist, Trabzonspor, Legia Warsaw, Lokeren.

Right, now we really will get going...

UEFA's director of competitions Giorgio Marchetti is on the stage and explaining how the draw will take place. Scroll down to (11.20) to read how this will be done.

the draw will start very shortly, so stay tuned.

...and now more guests, with former Liverpool keeper Jerzey Dudek (yes, really)

There is a good reason though, folks for Dudek's appearance. The 2015 Europa League final will be held in Poland's National Stadium in Warsaw (yes, the one which flooded for England's clash there a couple of years ago.) The former Liverpool and Poland keeper is the final ambassador and will help conduct the draw.

Oh no, even Infantino has a long speech to give

...but at least it's relevant. UEFA's general secretary lets us know the new rules to this year's draw which include the winner taking part in next season's Champions League. Now that's a carrot to dangle in front of a few sides.

That's more like it - here comes UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino

A good indication that this draw will actually get underway soon...

....and we are going to drag this out more

Because on comes to the stage Youri Djorkaeff who won a pretty big trophy in 1998 (no, not just the World Cup) but the UEFA Cup with Inter Milan... which to you young folk out there is basically the Europa League.

Do you want the good news or the bad news?

Well, I suppose I will have to give you both. The good news is the presentation ceremony is underway at the Grimaldi Forum, but with no sign of UEFA general Secretary Gianni Infantino, the draw won't start just yet - instead we will get a seemingly endless highlights reel from last season's action (JUST GET ON WITH IT!)

A round up of yesterday's play-off action from the Premier League clubs...

Tottenham were in action last night as they strolled to a 3-0 victory over AEL to win 5-1 on aggregate, but it was disaster for Hull who were eliminated by Lokeren on away goals, despite winning 2-1 at the KC Stadium and drawing 2-2 in the tie.

All three British clubs in the draw today could face the Belgian outfit who are in pot four.

So why are Tottenham seeded higher than Everton?

The pots are decided by UEFA ranking, but how can Everton only be in pot three when they finished above Tottenam (top seeds) in the Premier League last season?

It's a matter of consistency folks. Form over five years is taken into account and Spurs' constant European presence stands them in good stead.

Is it fair? Maybe not, and on that note it's worth reading Martin Samuel's excellent column which covers UEFA's ranking system following yesterday's deja-vu Champions League draw.

How will this look in the Everton trophy cabinet come May?
Anyone fancy another Celtic and Legia Warsaw clash?

Legia Warsaw of course knocked Celtic out of the Champions League in the third qualifying round a few weeks back, but were penalised by UEFA for a technical infringement.

Celtic then took their place in the play-off round, Warsaw were dumped into Europa League.

But with Celtic being knocked out of the premier competition (again) these two sides could now meet again in the Europa League group stage. It could be a hostile encounter going by this banner seen from Warsaw's play-off win over Aktobe.

(How do you get a banner that big inside a ground?)

Protest: Legia Warsaw fans display a giant banner of a pig on a UEFA background after they were ejected from the Champions League
Getting fiery: Legia fans displayed the banner in the Europa League play-off win over Aktobe
So how will the draw work?

It's quite simple folks, in fact, it's A LOT more simple than the number system from the play-off round which just about left me shaking in the corner while laying in fetal position.

One team will be taken from each of the below four pots to make one group. The major restriction is no side can play a side from their association - so that rules out a group featuring Tottenham (pot one) and Everton (pot three) - but one of them could face Celtic (pot two).

Also for understandable political reasons, I believe Ukrainian and Russian sides will also be kept apart. UEFA's Giorgio Marchetti I'm sure will inform us a few moments before the draw.

Oh yes, the draw - here are all the sides and the pots which feature
Sun shines on Monaco, but will there be bright prospects for the British sides?

Outside draws anyone? Maybe they could take it on tour like the 'Bureau de Change' on The Day Today... nope, just me then.

Will we get a Battle of Britain in the Europa League draw?

Who says the Europa League is boring?

Having a look at the teams in the draw for the group stage today gives me hope we could have some cracking ties before Christmas this year.

For instance, Celtic could line up against Tottenham or Everton this term while there are some big sharks swimming around in Inter Milan and the holders Sevilla.

I'm looking forward to this draw...

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Europa League draw as Tottenham, Everton and Celtic find out their group stage fate for this year's competition.

All three British sides found different routes to reach this stage, with Spurs advancing through the play-off round, Everton qualifying automatically, while Celtic have dropped out of the Champions League.

Following an away goals defeat by Lokeren on Thursday, Hull unfortunately have already been knocked out of the competition and will not feature in the draw which takes place at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco at 12pm.


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