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Wolves guaranteed to be seeded for Europa League play-off - if they make it that far

Wolves are now guaranteed to be seeded in the Europa League play-off round should they reach that stage of the competition. 

It comes after AC Milan's expulsion from the competition due to their failure to comply with FFP regulations. 

That means that AS Roma now qualify directly for the group stage of the competition, and Torino take Roma's spot in the second qualifying round. 

Wolves were previously guaranteed to be at least the 14th highest ranked side in the play-off round - the final round of qualification - but only the top 13 teams are seeded at that stage.

Now that Roma have been replaced with Torino, though, Wolves are now guaranteed to be at least the 13th highest ranked side should they reach the playoff round. 

It means that Wolves no longer depend on other teams to get an all-important seeding, safe in the knowledge that simply reaching the play-off is enough.

The reason for that is Roma have a higher coefficient ranking than Wolves, with 81.000 points. That total dwarfs Wolves' coefficient of just 17.092.

However, Roma have now been replaced with Torino in the second qualifying round, who themselves only have 13.000 points.

Therefore, even if the Italian side reach the play-off round with Wolves and all the other highest ranked sides, it will be Wolves that are allocated that final space in the seeded group.

It means Wolves will avoid potentially drawing one of the toughest sides in the draw, including the likes of Basel, Olympiakos, Braga and Feyenoord.

If all the best (or highest ranked) teams make it to the play-off round, the following will be seeded:


2.Sparta Prague




6.Eintracht Frankfurt





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12.Standard Liege

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