PSV must hope for Europa League stunts, AZ and Feyenoord are heading for Pot 3


Feyenoord and AZ have already circled red in their agendas on Friday 2 October, PSV first has to deal with Rosenborg: the Europa League draw is coming again! The three aforementioned clubs already formed the Eredivisie delegation last season: PSV then ended up in Pot 2, Feyenoord in Pot 3 and AZ in Pot 4. What can the Dutch clubs expect now? VoetbalPrimeur explains.

UEFA will then prepare four pots of twelve clubs each: these will be filled based on the European club ranking over the period 2015-2020. More than half of the Europa League participants are not yet known, but we can already make a preliminary classification.

Pot 1: Arsenal (91,000), AS Roma (80,000), Napoli (77,000), Benfica (70,000), Bayer Leverkusen (61,000), Villarreal (56,000), CSKA Moskou (44,000), Sporting Braga (41,000), Sparta Praag (30,500), Rapid Wien (22,000), Leicester City (22,000), Real Sociedad (20,456)

Pot 2: AZ (18.500), FEYENOORD (17.000), Hoffenheim (14.956), Zorya Luhansk (12.500), Lille OSC (11.849), OGC Nice (11.849), Royal Antwerp FC (7.580), Sivasspor (6.720), Wolfsberg AC (6.585)

Small chance of Pot 1 for PSV
PSV fell awkwardly just outside Pot 1 last season. If the Eindhoven team qualified at the expense of Rosenborg, they will probably end up in the second highest pot again. The teams in Pot 1 will in any case still be joined by Dinamo Kiev (55,000) or AA Gent (39,500), who compete for a Champions League ticket on Tuesday evening: PSV could therefore become the tenth club of Pot 1 with its score of 37,000.

Tottenham Hospur (85,000), FC Basel (58,500), Sporting Portugal (50,000) and FC Copenhagen (42,000) are also still in the race, while Red Bull Salzburg (53,500) and Olympiakos Piraeus (43,000) can still die in the Champions League preliminaries. Only if at least four of these six clubs fail to reach the Europa League group stage, PSV can still end up in Pot 1. However, there is a considerable chance that the Eindhoven team will have to do it again with a place in Pot 2 and will meet at least one top opponent.

Feyenoord and AZ virtually in Pot 2, but probably in Pot 3
Feyenoord had a score of 22,000 last season and ended up in Pot 3, AZ was at 10,500 and was classified in the fourth and final pot. In the meantime, both clubs have grown closer to each other: AZ is even higher than Feyenoord. The numbers 83 and 90 of the UEFA club rankings are virtually in Pot 2, but it looks like they won’t be staying there.

Eighteen higher ranked clubs, including PSV, still play in the Europa League preliminary rounds and can direct AZ and Feyenoord to Pot 3. In addition, seven of the twelve clubs in the last Champions League preliminary round have a higher score than the numbers 2 and 3 of the previous Eredivisie season.

Source: Bert Kassies

(Hein Nooijens / VoetbalPrimeur)

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