Europa League draw: Arsenal face Sporting while Chelsea take on PAOK

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Celtic have been handed a reunion with Rosenborg, having already faced them in the Champions League this season, and Rangers will meet Villarreal

Arsenal will face Portuguese giants Sporting in the group stage of the 2018-19 Europa League, with Premier League rivals Chelsea taking on PAOK.

The Gunners are joined by Qarabag and Vorskla in Group E, with Maurizio Sarri’s troops welcoming Belarusian title holders BATE and Hungarian side Vidi to Group L.

That draw has handed the English top-flight heavyweights some lengthy trips out on the road, which could impact on their domestic efforts.

Elsewhere, Scottish champions Celtic have been paired with Salzburg, with Red Bull partners Leipzig and Norwegian outfit Rosenborg – a side the Hoops have already beaten in Champions League qualifying this season - joining them in Group B.

Steven Gerrard and his Rangers side face Villarreal, Rapid Vienna and Spartak Moscow in Group G and AC Milan tackle Olympiakos, Real Betis and Dudelange in Group F.

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Last season’s beaten finalists Marseille face tough tests against Lazio, Eintracht Frankfurt and Apollon in Group H.

Europa League 2018-19 groups

Group A Group B Group C Group D
Bayer Leverkusen Red Bull Salzburg Zenit Anderlecht
Ludogorets Celtic FC Copenhagen Fenerbahce
FC Zurich RB Leipzig Bordeaux Dinamo Zagreb
AEK Larnaca Rosenborg Slavia Prague Spartak Trnava
Group E Group F Group G Group H
Arsenal Olympiakos Villarreal Lazio
Sporting AC Milan Rapid Vienna Marseille
Qarabag Real Betis Spartak Moscow Eintracht Frankfurt
Vorksla Dudelange Rangers Apollon
Group I Group J Group K Group L
Besiktas Sevilla Dynamo Kiev Chelsea
Genk Krasnodar Astana PAOK
Malmo Standard Liege Rennes BATE
Sarpsborg Akhisar Jablonec Vidi

Zenit are a side with plenty of elite experience in Europe and will face Bordeaux as part of their Group C campaign, Anderlecht must try to overcome Fenerbahce and Dinamo Zagreb in Group D, while Sevilla have been place in Group J with Krasnodar and Standard Liege.

Bayer Leverkusen will see Ludogorets as their biggest challengers in Group A, with Besiktas facing some big fixtures against Genk and Malmo in Group I.

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