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Everton and the Europa League draw - who can they play?

All the details ahead of Monday's draw for the first knockout stage

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With Everton safely through to the knockout stages of the Europa League, attention now turns to the last-32 draw in Switzerland on Monday.

As Group H winners Everton will be seeded for the draw, along with the other seven group winners and the four Champions League drop outs with the best group record.

Another benefit of winning the group is that Everton will play the away leg first on February 19, with the return game at Goodison a week later. No team can play a side from their original group or country in the round of 32 – meaning we cannot play Tottenham, Liverpool or Wolfsburg.

Whoever we draw the tie will be a difficult opponent, but there may be certain teams we would want to avoid at this early stage. Certainly the Champions League dropouts – Roma, Ajax and Anderlecht – would provide two great matches (and away days) but would be a significant challenge to overcome. Villarreal would also be many people’s pick after the controversy in 2005 when referee Pierluigi Collina wrongly disallowed a Duncan Ferguson goal in the second leg of a Champions League play-off that would have taken the game to extra time. The Blues instead would go on and lose 4-2 on aggregate.

Blues looking to book a European away trip may want the team to avoid Dnipro and Trabzonspor. While the small stadiums of Aalborg and Guingamp would prevent thousands of fans the chance to watch the game. A short trip up to Glasgow to play Celtic though would probably go down well.

Europa League schedule

Round of 16: Draw 27 February, matches 12 & 19 March

Quarter-finals: Draw 20 March, matches 16 & 23 April

Semi-finals: Draw 24 April, matches 7 & 14 May

Final: Wednesday 27 May, National Stadium Warsaw

Seeded teams

Borussia Mönchengladbach

Club Brugge

Beşiktaş

FC Salzburg

Dinamo Moscow

Inter Milan

Feyenoord

Everton FC

Napoli

Dynamo Kiev

Fiorentina

Legia Warsaw

Olympiacos

Sporting Clube de Portugal

Athletic Club

Zenit St Petersburg

Unseeded teams (potential Everton opponents)

Dnipro

Manager: Myron Markevych

League finish last year: 1st

Ground and capacity: Dnipro-Arena, 31,003

How they have fared in Europe this year: Lost to FC Copenhagen in the third qualifying round of the Champions League before finishing second in Europa League Group F behind Inter Milan.

Sevilla

Manager: Unai Emery

League finish last year: 5th and Europa League winners

Ground and capacity: Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, 45,500

How they have fared in Europe this year: Second in Group G, a point behind Dutch side Feyenoord.

Young Boys

Manager: Uli Forte

League finish last year 3rd

Ground and capacity Stade de Suisse, 32,000

How they have fared in Europe this year: Began in the third qualifying round back in July, eventually finishing behind Napoli in Group I

Aalborg

Manager: Kent Nielsen

League finish last year: 1st

Ground and capacity Nordjyske Arena, 13,800

How they have fared in Europe this year: lost to APOEL in the Champions League play-off round before finishing  six points behind Dynamo Kiev in Group J

Guingamp

Manager: Jocelyn Gourvennec

League finish last year: 16th – qualified for Europe by winning the coup de France

Ground and capacity: Stade du Roudourou, 18,126

How they have fared in Europe this year: In the Europa League group stages for the first time, they finished second behind Fiorentina in Group K.

Trabzonspor

Manager: Ersun Yanal

League finish last year: 4th

Ground and capacity: Hüseyin Avni Aker, 29,461

How they have fared in Europe this year: Beat Rostov in the qualifying round before finishing second in Group L behind Legia, level on points with Lokeren but going through courtesy of a better head to head record.

Anderlecht

Manager: Besnik Hasi

League finish last year: 1st

Ground and capacity: Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, 28,063 (21,845 for European matches)

How they have fared in Europe this year: Finished third in Group D behind Arsenal and Dortmund with just six points.

Roma

Manager - Rudi Garcia

League finish last year - 2nd

Ground & capacity - Stadio Olimpico - 70,634

How they have fared in Europe so far: Finished third in Group E behind Bayern Munich and Manchester City. A win at home against City on the last day of the Group Stage would have secured them a spot in the CL last 16, but a 2-0 loss relegated them to the Europa League

Ajax

Manager - Frank de Boer

League finish last year -  1st

ground & capacity - Amsterdam Arena - 53,052

How they have fared in Europe so far - Finished third in Group F behind Barcelona and PSG. The Dutch giants picked up only five points in the Group Stage, with their only win against the Cyprians APOEL FC.

Villarreal CF

Manager: Marcelino Garcia Toral

League finish last year: 6th

Ground and capacity: El Madrigal, 24,890

How they have fared in Europe this year: Second in Group A, one point behind Borussia Moenchengladbach

Torino FC

Manager: Giampiero Vetura

League finish last year: 7th

Ground and capacity: Stadio Olympico, 28,140

How they have fared in Europe this year: Second in Group B a point behind  Club Brugge

Celtic

Manager: Ronny Delia

League finish last year: 1st

Ground and capacity: Celtic Park, 60,355

How they have fared in Europe this year: Lost to Maribor in Champions League play-off before going on to finish second in Group D on eight points, eight points behind winners Salzburg.

PSV Eindhoven

Manager: Phillip Cocu

League finish last season: 4th

Ground and capacity: Phillips Stadion, 36,000

How they have fared in Europe this year: Second in Group E behind Dinamo Moscow with eight points from their six games.