Europa League group stage draw: Delight or fear for Arsenal & Everton?

The Europa League group stage will see both Arsenal and Everton in action. Does either club have anything to fear in their group or could they cruise through?


Group E:

  • Lyon
  • Everton
  • Atlanta
  • Apollon Limassol

Everton boss, Ronald Koeman will be optimistic about their chances of getting through to the last 32.

Lyon and Atlanta will be their main threats but Apollon Limassol should be an easy six points.

Atlanta has resigned Marten de Roon from Middlesbrough, so expect him to be a problem in their meetings.

As for Lyon, they are a decent team with Bertrand Traore and Memphis Depay up front. The one thing that they lack is a decent goal scorer elsewhere in the midfield so if Everton can maximise that to their advantage, expect the Toffees to progress as group winners.

All in all, this is a good group if slightly worrying because Atlanta are the dark horses here.

Group rating: 4/5


Group H:

  • Arsenal
  • BATE Borisov
  • Cologne
  • Red Star Belgrade

Arsene Wenger will be happy with this group for his first season playing Europa League football. I fully expect the Gunners to walk through this group given the lesser quality of their opposition.

BATE are a decent team but will probably be fighting Cologne for the second qualification spot.

Red Star Belgrade are probably going to be lucky to avoid finishing bottom of this group given their weaker squad depth.

All in all, this is a great group for Arsenal with nothing to fear and everyone will be totally mortified if they fail to get out as winners.

Group rating: 5/5

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