Brighton’s maiden European campaign presents a formidable challenge as they find themselves in Group B alongside established European powerhouses. Dutch contenders Ajax, French titans Marseille, and Greek club AEK Athens will be formidable opponents for the Seagulls.
Brighton faces an uphill battle in Group B, but the prospect of European football is undoubtedly an exciting challenge for the club.
In contrast, Liverpool and West Ham appear to have fared better, avoiding daunting groups. West Ham is placed in Group A, featuring Olympiacos, Freiburg, and Backa Topola. Meanwhile, Liverpool resides in Group E, where they’ll contend with LASK, Union SG, and Toulouse.
Here’s a glimpse of the complete group stage draw:
Group A: West Ham, Olympiacos, Freiburg, Backa Topola
Group B: Ajax, Marseille, Brighton, AEK Athens
Group C: Rangers, Real Betis, Sparta Prague, Aris Limassol
Group D: Atalanta, Sporting CP, Sturm Graz, Rakow
Group E: Liverpool, LASK, Union SG, Toulouse
Group F: Villarreal, Rennes, Maccabi Haifa, Panathinaikos
Group G: Roma, Slavia Prague, Sheriff Tiraspol, Servette
Group H: Bayer Leverkusen, Qarabag, Molde, Hacken.
The complete fixture list for the group stage will soon be disclosed by UEFA, with the matchdays scheduled as follows:
Matchday 1: September 21
Matchday 2: October 5
Matchday 3: October 26
Matchday 4: November 9
Matchday 5: November 30
Matchday 6: December 14