Napoli, Lazio and the other potential Europa League opponents for West Ham United next season

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West Ham United’s fantastic Premier League season reached its conclusion on Sunday afternoon.

The Hammers were comfortable 3-0 winners over Southampton in front of a reduced capacity at the London Stadium.

The three points for David Moyes’ side ensured they have reached the Europa League group stage, without the need for any qualification matches because sixth-place in the Premier League is a guaranteed spot in the competition.

For West Ham supporters, they will be desperate to find out their opponents for the group stage – with the Irons in a European competition for the first time since the 2016/17 season, when the east London outfit were beaten by Romanian side Astra Giurgiu in the play-off round.

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But who could West Ham face in the Europa League next season?

Several clubs have already secured places in the Europa League next season, with sides from Spain, Germany, France, Italy, Portugal and Russia assured of spots in the competition.

The sides already in the group stage are: West Ham, Real Sociedad, Real Betis, Leicester City, Eintracht Frankfurt, Bayer Leverkusen, Napoli, Lazio, Lyon, Marseille, Braga and Lokomotiv Moscow.

Several other clubs have qualified for the play-off round, including clubs in Belgium, Ukraine, Holland, Turkey, Austria and Denmark.

They are: Antwerp, Zorya Luhansk, AZ Alkmaar, Fenerbahce, Sturm Graz and Randers.

In addition, Scottish side St Johnstone, Cypriot side Anorthosis Famagusta and Czech Republic side Jablonec will enter at the third qualifying round stage.

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West Ham will not be able to face FA Cup winners Leicester in the group stage, because of the two clubs coming from the same country – but could do so later in the competition if drawn against each other.

Each club’s European seeding has not been confirmed just yet, with not all seasons over at the time of writing. However, West Ham’s lack of previous experience in European competition in recent years could count against them.

Their seeding will be decided on the coefficient of all the teams that are to qualify and how it compares to the clubs that are already there.

Source by Football London

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