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Everton placed in tricky Europa League Group H

Everton are back in Europe for the first time in four years and face trips to France, Germany and Russia in the group stage of the Europa League.

The Volkswagen Arena, Wolfsburg
The Volkswagen Arena, Wolfsburg
Ronny Hartmann

French side LOSC Lille were the first side to be drawn from pot one and represents a kind away trip to northern France for the travelling Evertonians. The Stade Pierre-Muarey also has a capacity of 50,000 which should help the quest for tickets.

The same can be said for the second team to be drawn, Bundesliga side Wolfsburg. There will be plenty of planes, trains and automobiles for away fans heading across to northern Germany and the 30,000 capacity Volkswagen Arena should have a generous away allocation.

The curveball has come in pot four, with Russian side FC Krasnodar completing the group. The club are based in south west Russia not far from the eastern coast on the Black Sea. That will undoubtedly be the trickiest trip for both the players and the fans, with limited direct flights to the city.

The 31,000 capacity Kuban stadium should at least mean those adventurous travelling supporters will be rewarded with a ticket. There is also speculation the tie may be moved given Krasnodar's close proximity to the unstable Crimea region - we'll keep you posted.

The fixtures will be played on 18 September, 2 and 23 October, 6 and 27 November and 11 December, with the teams and kick-off times to be decided later on.