Mogilev finished 3rd in the Belorussian league, earning a spot in the 1st qualifying round. To reach the play-off, they have defeated KF Laci of Albania, Stabaek Fotball of Norway (on away goals), and FC Banik Ostrava of the Czech Republic. Stabaek was in last season's Champions League qualifiers and lost to Valencia at this stage of the Europa League, so making it this far is a big achievement for Mogilev.
Villarreal will be without its Spanish internationals this week; otherwise the squad should be at full strength (barring injury). The first leg will be at El Madrigal, so hopefully the team can take a comfortable advantage to the Spartak Stadion. The return leg is the week of the La Liga opener, so it would be nice to rest some key players.
At this stage last season, Villarreal defeated NAC Breda 9-2 on aggregate. Will it be the same story this time around?