Friday, 6 August 2010

[UEL] Favourable draw for Serie A trio

Juventus, Napoli and Palermo have been handed favourable qualifying ties as they look to reach the UEFA Europa League group stage following the play-off round draw in Nyon today.

Juve, who finished a disappointing seventh in Serie A last term, eased past Irish outfit Shamrock Rovers 3-0 on aggregate on Thursday to reach the play-off round where they will face Austrian side Sturm Graz.

Napoli have been paired with Elfsborg from Sweden, while Palermo face Slovenian opposition in the form of Maribor.

The ties are to be played over two legs on 19 and 26 August, with the 38 winning teams reaching the competition's group phase.

Napoli and Palermo were both drawn at home for the first leg while Juve have the advantage of playing the return match on home soil.

UEFA Europa League 2010-11
Play-off Round, First leg
Thursday 19 August
Palermo v Maribor (1930)
Napoli v Elfsborg (2000)
Sturm Graz v Juventus (2005)

Play-off Round, Second leg
Thursday 26 August
Elfsborg v Napoli (1945)
Juventus v Sturm Graz (1945)
Maribor v Palermo (1945)

[Full Play-off Draw]

Source: UEFA

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