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Europa League 2014 Draw

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On the heels of a 7-0 demolishing of Kazakh minnows FC Astana, Villarreal CF looks forward to Sunday's match against FC Barcelona. At least the players and manager, that is. We dive into the Europa League draw possibilities.

Only Barca on his mind?
Only Barca on his mind?
Manuel Queimadelos Alonso

On to the 2014-15 Europa League group stage! Villarreal won 0-3 in Kazakhstan despite the long voyage, and after a league-opening 0-2 victory away to Levante, the Yellow Submarine 'B' team took care of business 4-0 at El Madrigal. Three matches, three clean sheets.

Now we pick up significantly more experienced and superior opposition, albeit less distant. Here are the pots for the Europa League draw courtesy of MarcadorInt. The draw begins at 7 am Eastern Time.

Pot 1

Inter Milan
Tottenham
Sevilla
PSV Eindhoven
Napoli
Dynamo Kiev
Villarreal
Fiorentina
Salzburg
Metalist Kharkiv
Lille
Copenhagen

Pot 2

Steaua Bucharest
Standard Liege
PAOK
Celtic
Besiktas
Wolfsburg
Club Brugge
Dnipro
Trabzonspor
Panathinaikos
Sparta Prague
Borussia Moenchengladbach

Pot 3

Everton
Young Boys
Dinamo Zagreb
Zurich
Estoril
Legia Warsaw
Partizan Belgrade
Torino
Feyenoord
St Etienne
Guingamp
Rio Ave

Pot 4

Dynamo Moscow
Krasnodar
Rijeka
Lokeren
Asteras Tripoli
Slovan Bratislava
Apollon Limassol
Qarabag
HJK
Astra Giurgiu
Dinamo Minsk
AaB

Favorable draw: Easier away trips. We know what a bad draw looks like -- see below. A good draw involves less travel and lower-ranked leagues. For example, Greece and Turkey are difficult places to play, but their teams don't travel well, and the leagues are generally down.

Unfavorable draw: Wolfsburg/Gladbach; Everton; Dynamo/Krasnodar. Three important leagues, including the two most powerful financially. And potentially the team that eliminated Real Sociedad in the playoff round. We have positive knockout history with Everton (Champions League qualifier, 2005) and negative with Wolfsburg (Europa League round of 32, 2010). You may remember Pierluigi Collina and Edin Dzeko, respectively.

The possibilities are endless -- we'll have some resolution and look ahead in a few hours' time. What do you think? Share your opinions in the comments. Endavant!