Arsenal and Tottenham are 8/1 co-favourites alongside AC Milan in bwin’s Europa League winner odds following the group-stage draw.
Mikel Arteta’s Gunners must face Rapid Vienna, Molde and Dundalk, while Jose Mourinho and Spurs will meet Ludogorets, LASK and Antwerp.
Rapid coach Didi Kuhbauer feels Arsenal will make smooth progress and the rest are scrapping it out to follow them through.
He told the UEFA website: “After Arsenal were drawn, we thought it couldn’t get any worse, and in the end it’s a good group.
“It does not mean that it will be easy, and Arsenal are definitely the favourites, but there will be a big fight for second place.”
Dundalk boss Filippo Giovagnoli told his club’s official website: “It’s super-exciting. The way Arsenal play is amazing and Mikel Arteta is something special.
“It will be amazing to play against a coach like that. It will be a challenge, of course, but we must make sure we have fun and enjoy it.”
Tottenham, UEFA Cup winners in 1972 and 1984, had to battle through three qualifying rounds and Harry Kane commented: “It’s been a long process, but we’ve done what we needed to, now we look forward to the group stage.”
Mourinho lifted this trophy in 2017 with Manchester United and added: “We have to go through the group phase, then the difficult Europa League will start, with the teams dropping from the group phase of the Champions League. Let’s enjoy it!”
Celtic excited by Milan test
Leicester can be backed at 14/1 after being paired with Braga, AEK Athens and Zorya Luhansk.
Celtic are available at 66/1 after coming out with Sparta Prague, Lille and joint-market leaders Milan.
On facing the Rossoneri first up, Neil Lennon told Celtic TV: “I’m sure the players are looking forward to it and they’ve got some great players.
“I think there’s been an improvement in AC Milan over the last couple of seasons and, slowly but surely, they’ve started to get better.
“They’re in a transitional period. They’re not the force that they were but I think the owners behind the scenes want to make them a force again in Italian football.
“They’re building their way up to that and they’re AC Milan and that name carries a lot of weight around world football, never mind European football.
“But our players will be excited by it. It always brings the best out in them and hopefully we can maximize home advantage.”
It is also 66/1 for Rangers to lift the trophy after they drew Benfica, Standard Liege and Lech Poznan.
Gers boss Steven Gerrard said: “I would be disappointed if we don’t get out of the group.
“The players have shown over the last couple of years that we have got to a level in Europe that we are a tough nut to crack and we have shown amazing quality going forward as well.”
Hoffenheim could be lively longshots at 33/1 after being paired with Gent, Crvena Zvezda and Liberec.
Head coach Sebastian Hoeness said: “We are looking forward to the competition. It’s very special for the club.
“We would have loved to have been drawn with a big name, but now we have to get to the knockouts.”
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