Europa League draw 2013: Spurs, Swansea & Wigan learn fates
Europa League draw 2013: Swansea City are drawn against Valencia in Group A, while Tottenham will face Anzhi Makhachkala
Swansea City have been handed a tough test against Valencia after the Europa League group stage draw was staged in Monaco on Friday.
The League Cup holders will take on the former winners of Europe’s second tier competition as well as Russia’s Kuban Krasnodar and Swiss outfit St Gallen in Group A.
Tottenham Hotspur, who were beaten quarter-finalists last season, will have to make the long journey to Russia to face Anzhi Makhachkala in Group K.
Andre Villas-Boas’ men should progress to the knockout stage, with their other opponents Moldova’s Sheriff and Norwegian outfit Tromsø IL.
Finally, FA Cup winners Wigan Athletic will also be quietly confident of emerging from Group D.
The Latics have been drawn alongside Russia’s Rubin Kazan, Slovenian side NK Maribor and Belgium club Zulte Waregem.
Europa League group-stage draw in full:
Group A: Valencia, Swansea City, FC Kuban Krasnodar, St Gallen.
Group B: PSV Eindhoven, Dinamo Zagreb, Chornomorets Odesa, PFC Ludogorets Razgrad.
Group C: Standard Liege, Salzburg, Elfsborg, Esbjerg.
Group D: Rubin Kazan, Wigan Athletic, NK Maribor, SV Zulte Waregem.
Group E: Fiorentina, Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, Paços de Ferreira, CS Pandurii Târgu Jiu.
Group F: Bordeaux, APOEL, Eintracht Frankfurt, Maccabi Tel-Aviv.
Group G: Dynamo Kyiv, KRC Genk, Rapid Wien, FC Thun.
Group H: Sevilla, SC Freiburg, Estoril Praia, Slovan Liberec.
Group I: Olympique Lyonnais, Real Betis, Vitória, HNK Rijeka.
Group J: Lazio, Trabzonspor, Legia Warszawa, Apollon Limassol.
Group K: Tottenham Hotspur, Anzhi Makhachkala, Sheriff, Tromsø IL.
Group L: AZ Alkmaar, PAOK, Maccabi Haifa, Shakhter Karagandy.