Europa League: 2019-20 Play-Off Round

With the conclusion of the third qualifying round, we are now two weeks away from the group stage in Europa League. There are 42 clubs remaining in the competition – 36 third qualifying round winners and six clubs that lost in the Champions League third qualifying round – and they will play two legs over the next two Thursdays to determine who will be playing in the group stage that kicks off on 19 September.

The draw for the playoff round was completed 5 August, and now that there are teams and not just match numbers, it’s a little easier to see the path forward for the clubs. This is the final round that the losing league champions will be segregated from the Main Path, and the six new arrivals – PAOK (Greece), Copenhagen (Denmark), Qarabağ (Azerbaijan), Celtic (Scotland), Maribor (Slovenia), and Ferencváros (Hungary) – will look to extend their European season after failing to do so in Champions League.

Again, you can check here to see how all the clubs qualified for Europa League. And away we go…

Champions Path

Sūduva v Ferencváros

Sūduva

2019-20 European Record: 4-1-1; 15 GS – 4 GA
Last Round: Defeated Maccabi Tel Aviv 4-2 in Europa League Third Qualifying Round
Last Group Stage Appearance: N/A; third straight play-off round appearance
First match against Hungarian club in European competition

Ferencváros

2019-20 European Record: 3-2-1; 10 GS – 10 GA
Last Round: Lost to Dinamo Zagreb 5-1 in Champions League Third Qualifying Round
Last Group Stage Appearance: 2004-05 UEFA Cup (4th place finish)
First match against Lithuanian club in European competition


Copenhagen v Riga FC

Copenhagen

2019-20 European Record: 2-2-0; 5 GS – 2 GA
Last Round: Lost to Red Star Belgrade 2-2 (7-6 penalties) in UCL 3QR
Last Group Stage Appearance: 2018-19 Europa League (4th place)
First match against Latvian club in European competition

Riga FC

2019-20 European Record: 1-4-1; 7 GS – 7 GA
Last Round: Defeated HJK 3-3 (away goals) in UEL 3QR
Last Group Stage Appearance: N/A
First match against Danish club in European competition


Celtic v AIK

Celtic

2019-20 European Record: 4-1-1; 16 GS – 7 GA
Last Round: Lost to CFR Cluj 5-4 in UCL 3QR
Last Group Stage Appearance: 2018-19 Europa League (2nd place)
Against Sweden in Europe: 4-1-1; first match against AIK

AIK

2019-20 European Record: 3-1-2; 11 GS – 9 GA
Last Round: Defeated Sheriff Tiraspol 3-2 in UEL 3QR
Last Group Stage Appearance: 2012-13 Europa League (4th place)
Against Scotland in Europe: 1-0-1; first match against Celtic


Ararat-Armenia v F91 Dudelange

Ararat-Armenia

2019-20 European Record: 4-0-2; 10 GS – 7 GA
Last Round: Defeated Saburtalo Tbilisi 3-2 in UCL 3QR
Last Group Stage Appearance: N/A (first year in UEFA competition)
First match against Luxembourgian club in European competition

F91 Dudelange

2019-20 European Record: 3-3-0; 10 GS – 6 GA
Last Round: Defeated Nõmme Kalju 4-1 in UEL 3QR
Last Group Stage Appearance: 2018-19 Europa League (4th place)
First match against Armenian club in European competition


Ludogorets Razgrad v Maribor

Ludogorets Razgrad

2019-20 European Record: 3-1-2; 17 GS – 6 GA
Last Round: Defeated The New Saints 9-0 in UCL 3QR
Last Group Stage Appearance: 2018-19 Europa League (4th place)
First match against Slovenian club in European competition

Maribor

2019-20 European Record: 3-0-3; 11 GS – 10 GA
Last Round: Lost to Rosenborg 6-2 in UCL 3QR
Last Group Stage Appearance: 2017-18 Champions League (4th place)
Against Bulgaria in Europe: 0-2-0; first match against Ludogorets Razgrad


Linfield v Qarabağ

Linfield

2019-20 European Record: 3-1-2; 8 GS – 11 GA
Last Round: Defeated Sutjeska Nikšić 5-3 in UEL 3QR
Last Group Stage Appearance: N/A (first playoff round appearance)
First match against Azeri club in European competition

Qarabağ

2019-20 European Record: 3-2-1; 8 GS – 4 GA
Last Round: Lost to APOEL 3-2 in UCL 3QR
Last Group Stage Appearance: 2018-19 Europa League (4th place)
Against Northern Ireland in Europe: 1-1-0; first match against Linfield


Slovan Bratislava v PAOK

Slovan Bratislava

2019-20 European Record: 4-0-2; 10 GS – 4 GA
Last Round: Defeated Dundalk 4-1 in UEL 3QR
Last Group Stage Appearance: 2014-15 Europa League (4th place)
First match against Greek club in European competition

PAOK

2019-20 European Record: 0-1-1; 4 GS – 5 GA
Last Round: Lost to Ajax 5-4 in UCL 3QR
Last Group Stage Appearance: 2018-19 Europa League (4th place)
Against Slovakia in Europe: 3-1-0; first match against Slovan Bratislava


Astana v BATE Borisov

Astana

2019-20 European Record: 4-1-1; 15 GS – 5 GA
Last Round: Defeated Valletta 9-1 in UCL 3QR
Last Group Stage Appearance: 2018-19 Europa League (3rd place)
Against BATE Borisov in Europe: 1-1-0 (2016-17 UEL Play-off round)

BATE Borisov

2019-20 European Record: 3-2-1; 7 GS – 6 GA
Last Round: Defeated Sarajevo 2-1 in UEL 3QR
Last Group Stage Appearance: 2018-19 Europa League (2nd place)
Against Astana in Europe: 0-1-1 (2016-17 UEL Play-off round)


Main Path

Torino v Wolverhampton Wanderers

Torino

2019-20 European Record: 3-1-0; 13 GS – 2 GA
Last Round: Defeated Shakhtyor Soligorsk 6-1 in UEL 3QR
Last Group Stage Appearance: 2014-15 Europa League (2nd place)
Against England in Europe: 0-1-1; first match against Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolverhampton Wanderers

2019-20 European Record: 4-0-0; 14 GS – 1 GA
Last Round: Defeated Pyunik 8-0 in UEL 3QR
Last Group Stage Appearance: N/A (1971-72 UEFA Cup finalist)
Against Italy in Europe: 1-1-0; first match against Torino


Legia Warsaw v Rangers

Legia Warsaw

2019-20 European Record: 3-3-0; 6 GS – 0 GA
Last Round: Defeated Atromitos 2-0 in UEL 3QR
Last Group Stage Appearance: 2016-17 Champions League (3rd place)
Against Scotland in Europe: 2-1-1; first match against Rangers

Rangers

2019-20 European Record: 5-1-0; 19 GS – 3 GA
Last Round: Defeated Midtjylland 7-3 in UEL 3QR
Last Group Stage Appearance: 2018-19 Europa League (3rd place)
Against Poland in Europe: 4-1-2; first match against Legia Warsaw


FCSB v Vitória de Guimarães

FCSB

2019-20 European Record: 4-1-1; 10 GS – 4 GA
Last Round: Defeated Mladá Boleslav 1-0 in UEL 3QR
Last Group Stage Appearance: 2017-18 Europa League (2nd place)
Against Portugal in Europe: 1-4-3; first match against Vitória de Guimarães

Vitória de Guimarães

2019-20 European Record: 4-0-0; 14 GS – 0 GA
Last Round: Defeated Ventspils 9-0 in UEL 3QR
Last Group Stage Appearance: 2017-18 Europa League (4th place)
First match against Romanian club in European competition


PSV Eindhoven v Apollon Limassol

PSV Eindhoven

2019-20 European Record: 2-1-1; 5 GS – 4 GA
Last Round: Defeated Haugesund 1-0 in UEL 3QR
Last Group Stage Appearance: 2018-19 Champions League (4th place)
First match against Cypriot club in European competition

Apollon Limassol

2019-20 European Record: 5-1-0; 15 GS – 5 GA
Last Round: Defeated Austria Wien 5-2 in UEL 3QR
Last Group Stage Appearance: 2018-19 Europa League (3rd place)
First match against a club from the Netherlands in European competition


AEK Athens v Trabzonspor

AEK Athens

2019-20 European Record: 1-1-0; 3 GS – 1 GA
Last Round: Defeated Universitatea Craiova 3-1 in UEL 3QR
Last Group Stage Appearance: 2018-19 Champions League (4th place)
Against Turkey in Europe: 2-1-4; first match against Trabzonspor

Trabzonspor

2019-20 European Record: 1-1-0; 4 GS – 3 GA
Last Round: Defeated Sparta Prague 4-3 in UEL 3QR
Last Group Stage Appearance: 2014-15 Europa League (2nd place)
First match against a Greek club in European competition


Feyenoord v Hapoel Be’er Sheva

Feyenoord

2019-20 European Record: 1-1-0; 5 GS – 1 GA
Last Round: Defeated Dinamo Tbilisi 5-1 in UEL 3QR
Last Group Stage Appearance: 2017-18 Champions League (4th place)
European history against Israel not readily available

Hapoel Be’er Sheva

2019-20 European Record: 3-3-0; 9 GS – 4 GA
Last Round: Defeated IFK Norrköping 4-2 in UEL 3QR
Last Group Stage Appearance: 2017-18 Europa League (4th place)
Against Netherlands in Europe: 0-0-2; first match against Feyenoord


Gent v Rijeka

Gent

2019-20 European Record: 2-1-1; 11 GS – 6 GA
Last Round: Defeated AEK Larnaca 4-1 in UEL 3QR
Last Group Stage Appearance: 2016-17 Europa League (2nd place)
First match against a Croatian club in European competition

Rijeka

2019-20 European Record: 2-0-0; 4 GS – 0 GA
Last Round: Defeated Aberdeen 4-0 in UEL 3QR
Last Group Stage Appearance: 2017-18 Europa League (3rd place)
Against Belgium in Europe: 2-3-3; first match against Gent


Espanyol v Zorya Luhansk

Espanyol

2019-20 European Record: 4-0-0; 13 GS – 1 GA
Last Round: Defeated Luzern 6-0 in UEL 3QR
Last Group Stage Appearance: 2006-07 UEFA Cup (1st place) (Lost to Sevilla in final)
First match against a Ukrainian club in European competition

Zorya Luhansk

2019-20 European Record: 3-1-0; 6 GS – 2 GA
Last Round: Defeated CSKA Sofia 2-1 in UEL 3QR
Last Group Stage Appearance: 2017-18 Europa League (3rd place)
Against Spain in Europe: 1-0-1; first match against Espanyol


Partizan v Molde

Partizan

2019-20 European Record: 3-0-1; 7 GS – 2 GA
Last Round: Defeated Yeni Malatyaspor 3-2 in UEL 3QR
Last Group Stage Appearance: 2017-18 Europa League (2nd place)
Against Norway in Europe: 2-1-1; first match against Molde

Molde

2019-20 European Record: 3-2-1; 14 GS – 5 GA
Last Round: Defeated Aris 4-3 in UEL 3QR
Last Group Stage Appearance: 2015-16 Europa League (1st place)
Against Serbia in Europe: 1-1-0; first match against Partizan


Braga v Spartak Moscow

Braga

2019-20 European Record: 2-0-0; 7 GS – 3 GA
Last Round: Defeated Brøndby 7-3 in UEL 3QR
Last Group Stage Appearance: 2017-18 Europa League (1st place)
Against Russia in Europe: 1-0-1; first match against Spartak Moscow

Spartak Moscow

2019-20 European Record: 2-0-0; 5 GS – 3 GA
Last Round: Defeated Thun 5-3 in UEL 3QR
Last Group Stage Appearance: 2017-18 Champions League (3rd place)
European history against Portugal not readily available


Malmö FF v Bnei Yehuda

Malmö FF

2019-20 European Record: 4-1-1; 19 GS – 5 GA
Last Round: Defeated Zrinjski Mostar 3-1 in UEL 3QR
Last Group Stage Appearance: 2018-19 Europa League (2nd place)
Against Israel in Europe: 1-1-0; first match against Bnei Yehuda

Bnei Yehuda

2019-20 European Record: 1-1-0; 4 GS – 3 GA
Last Round: Defeated Neftçi Baku 4-3 in UEL 3QR
Last Group Stage Appearance: N/A (first play-off round appearance since 2009-10)
First match against a Swedish club in European competition


Strasbourg v Eintracht Frankfurt

Strasbourg

2019-20 European Record: 3-0-1; 6 GS – 3 GA
Last Round: Defeated Lokomotiv Plovdiv 2-0 in UEL 3QR
Last Group Stage Appearance: 2005-06 UEFA Cup (1st place)
Against Germany in Europe: 0-1-1; first match against Eintracht Frankfurt

Eintracht Frankfurt

2019-20 European Record: 4-0-0; 10 GS – 2 GA
Last Round: Defeated Vaduz 6-0 in UEL 3QR
Last Group Stage Appearance: 2018-19 Europa League (1st place) (lost in semi-finals)
Against France in Europe: 4-1-2; first match against Strasbourg


AZ v Antwerp

AZ Alkmaar

2019-20 European Record: 2-2-0; 7 GS – 0 GA
Last Round: Defeated Mariupol 4-0 in UEL 3QR
Last Group Stage Appearance: 2015-16 Europa League (4th place)
Against Belgium in Europe: 3-2-1; first match against Antwerp

Antwerp

2019-20 European Record: 4-0-0; 10 GS – 2 GA
Last Round: Defeated Vaduz 6-0 in UEL 3QR
Last Group Stage Appearance: N/A (1989-90 UEFA Cup quarter-finalist)
European history against Netherlands not readily available


Until next time…

Last update: 16 August 2019

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