Brighton, Marseille, Ajax, and Liverpool have been drawn into what appears to be an easy group in the UEFA Europa League. The draw for the group stage of the competition took place on Thursday, with several high-profile teams discovering their opponents.
Brighton will face Marseille, Ajax, and Liverpool in Group A, a group that many consider to be favorable for the English side. Marseille, a former Champions League winner, will be a tough test for Brighton, but Ajax and Liverpool are seen as beatable opponents.
In Group B, Conference League winners West Ham United will travel to Greece to face Olympiacos, along with Real Sociedad and Genk. This group promises to be a competitive one, with all teams capable of progressing to the knockout stages.
In Group C, Napoli, Leicester City, Spartak Moscow, and Legia Warsaw will battle it out. Leicester City will be looking to make a strong impression in their return to European competition, while Napoli will provide a stern test for the English side.
Group D sees Lazio, Lokomotiv Moscow, Marseille’s city rivals Nice, and Galatasaray go head-to-head. Lazio will be aiming to continue their impressive form from last season, while Galatasaray will be hoping to cause some upsets.
In Group E, Bayer Leverkusen, Celtic, Real Betis, and Ferencvaros will compete for a place in the knockout stages. Celtic will face a tough challenge against Leverkusen and Betis, but they will be confident in their ability to progress.
Group F features Braga, Red Star Belgrade, Ludogorets, and Midtjylland. Red Star Belgrade will be the team to beat in this group, having impressed in previous European campaigns.
In Group G, Eintracht Frankfurt, Fenerbahce, Royal Antwerp, and Slavia Prague will battle it out. Eintracht Frankfurt will be the favorites to progress, but Fenerbahce and Slavia Prague could provide tough competition.
Lastly, Group H sees Dinamo Zagreb, Genoa, Feyenoord, and Rapid Vienna face off. Dinamo Zagreb will be the team to watch in this group, having reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League last season.
Overall, the draw for the UEFA Europa League group stage has produced some intriguing matchups. While some teams have been handed easier groups, others will face tough challenges from the start. The competition promises to be exciting, with plenty of drama and surprises in store.