Date: 3rd October 2008 at 12:46pm
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Further explanation of the UEFA Cup draw having seen Vital Pompey’s article.

The draw is made on Tuesday 7 October.

As explained earlier each team plays in a group of five both home and away. The top three of each group (8 groups) go through to the knock-out stages and are joined by the Champions League flops (8 teams) leaving 32 teams in the comp. (Yes, I know, good looking, charming AND tops at maths, really unfair mix of talent I have, no wonder you hate me so!)

Right, the draw:

Teams are allocated to one of five pots based on their UEFA rankings. Villa are in pot 4, which is nice. Now concentrate: the draw will consist of one team from each Pot being placed into each group. Teams cannot be drawn with clubs from their own country.

Pot 1

Benfica
CSKA Moscow
Hamburg
AC Milan
Seville
Valencia
Schalke 04
Tottenham Hotspur

Pot 2

Ajax
Stuttgart
Olympiacos
Deportivo
Club Brugge
Spartak Moscow
Paris Saint-Germain
Heerenveen

Pot 3

Rosenburg
Udinese
Feyenoord
Braga
Slavia Prague
Manchester City
Galatasaray
Sampdoria

Pot 4

Pompey
Hertha Berlin
Partizan
Nancy
Aston Villa
Racing Santander
Copenhagen
Dinamo Zagreb

Pot 5

Saint Etienne
Wolfsburg
Standard Liege
Twente (Holland)
NEC (Holland)
Metalist Kharkiv (Ukraine)
Lech Poznan (Poland)
Zilina – (Slovakia)