Swansea City could face Hibernian in a ‘Battle of Britain’ third qualifying round tie in the 2013-14 Europa League.
The Welsh club start earlier in Europe’s secondary club competition than England’s other representatives, Tottenham Hotspur and Wigan Athletic, as they gained entry via their Carling Cup victory and are 100/1 with bookmaker Paddy Power
to lift the trophy.
Their first opponents will be either Scottish Cup runners-up Hibs or the Swedish club Malmo, who famously reached the 1979 European Cup Final when they were beaten 1-0 by a Trevor Francis far-post header for Nottingham Forest.
That tie will be resolved on Thursday July 25 at Easter Road, where Pat Fenlon’s side must overcome a 2-0 deficit.
Two other Scottish clubs are also in the third qualifying round draw and St Johnstone will be happier with their next opponents from a football perspective, provided they progress to this stage.
Saints enjoyed a superb 1-0 win away to former Champions League quarter-finalists Rosenborg and if they can finish the job at home, they will face either FC Minsk of Belarus or Valletta, who drew 1-1 in the Maltese capital, in the next round.
However, it looks tougher for Motherwell as they will be up against Russian side Kuban Krasnodar, who are also entering the competition at the third qualifying round stage.
UEFA Europa League third qualifying round draw (first legs to be played on August 1, second legs on August 8):
Levadia Tallinn or Pandurii Targu Jiu v Beroe Stara Zagora or Hapoel Tel Aviv
Tromso or Inter Baku v Differdange or Utrecht
Motherwell v Kuban Krasnodar
Jablonec v Stromsgodset or Debrecen
Qarabag or Piast Gliwice v Anothosis Famagusta or Gefle
Rijeka or Prestatyn Town v Olimpija Ljubljana or MSK Zilina
Asteras v Rapid Vienna
Zrinjski Mostar or Botev Plovdiv v VfB Stuttgart
Estoril v Hapoel Ramat Gan
Vojvodina or Honved v Bursaspor
Xanthi or Linfield v KR Reykjavik or Standard Liege
Sparta Prague or Hacken v Thun or Chikhura Sachkhere
Valletta or FC Minsk v Rosenborg or St Johnstone
Chornomorets Odessa or Dacia Chisinau v Red Star Belgrade or IBV Vestmannnaejar
Irtysh Pavlodar or Siroki Brijeg v Udinese
Ventspils or Jeunesse Esch v Maccabi Haifa or Xazar Lankaran
Dinamo Minsk or Lokomotiva Zagreb v Trabzonspor or Derry City
Slask Wroclaw or Rudar Pljevlja v Club Brugge
Gothenburg or Trencin v Astra Giurgiu or Omonia Nicosia
Swansea City v Malmo or Hibernian
Petrolul Ploiesti or Vikingur v Vitesse Arnhem
Skonto Riga or Slovan Liberec v FC Zurich
Hodd or Aktobe v Breidablik or Sturm Graz
Randers v Jagodina or Rubin Kazan
Zalgiris Vilnius or Pyunik v Honka or Lech Poznan
Hajduk Split or Turnovo v Dila Gori or Aalborg
Kukesi or Sarajevo v Metallurg Donetsk
Sevilla v Mladost Podgorica or Senica
St Etienne v Shakhtyor Salihorsk or Milsami Orhei