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So Group E it is with Feyenoord, Basle, Nancy and Wisla Krakow. You would expect us to finish in the top three perhaps behind Feyenoord who will undoubtedly be favourites for the group.

The Feyenoord fixture, away from home, will be a great chance for Brett Emerton to return to his former club. He will certainly be licking his lips at that prospect considering his early season form.

So we can assume Feyenoord are favourites and we are all aware of their capabilities, but what about the other sides, who will be the surprise package? John Williams has already identified Wisla as the 'dark horses` of the group and Basle are well known on these shores after they went so close last season against Middlesbrough. Least we forget Nancy, I am sure they anything but and won`t be a pushover.

However, there is plenty of room for optimism here for Rovers fan`s considering the top three go through. I would confidently place us in second spot as we are more than capable of getting results in the games against Basle, Wisla and Nancy and perhaps even Feyenoord who aren`t exactly flying in the Eredivise at the moment.

Nancy currently sit in third position in Lique 1 in France with 15 points from their 8 opening games and previously knocked Schalke out of the UEFA Cup. Wisla are third too in the Ekstraklasa with 17 points from 9 games, but are just a single point off the leaders. Basle are fifth with 13 points from their opening 9 games in the Swiss Super League. Finally, Feyenoord are ninth in the Eredivise with 10 points from 6 games.

So we can see these are teams of similar ilk, when comparing league positions, to Rovers. Everyone will fancy their chances, we just have to hope that we can continue to play good football and the experience in our squad will see us through.

John Williams certainly seems optimistic, he told Skysports: "Looking at it, with three to qualify we have to be optimistic. We`re determined to do well and the group gives us a chance.

"This competition is important to us. We`ve not had a good record, and it`s time to put that to rest. It`s about prestige for us.
"

Keep an eye out for individual team analysis, providing form, top players, results style of play amongst other things so at least we won`t go into this fixture unprepared.

Below is the full draw:

GROUP A
Auxerre
RANGERS
P Belgrade
Livorno
Maccabi Haifa

GROUP B
Bayer Leverkusen
Club Brugge
Besiktas
Dinamo Bucharest
TOTTENHAM

GROUP C
Sevilla
AZ Alkmaar
Slovan Liberec
Grasshopper
Braga

GROUP D
Parma
Lens
Heerenveen
Osasuna
Odense

GROUP E
Feyenoord
Basle
Wisla Krakow
BLACKBURN
Nancy

GROUP F
Ajax
Sparta Prague
Espanyol
Austria Wien
Zulte Waregem

GROUP G
Panathinaikos
Paris St Germain
Rapid Bucharest
Hapoel Tel Aviv
Mlada Boleslav

GROUP H
NEWCASTLE
Celta Vigo
Palermo
Fenerbahce
Eintracht Frankfurt






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Writer: Roversman Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday October 3 2006

Time: 8:03PM

Your Comments

Decent enough draw isn't it. You would realy think they could make it through from this group wouldn't you? Top three surely!
Hughes Da Man
I think we have enough strength, quality and experience to see us through. i think the Basle game will be key, I'm pleased that one is at Ewood because they looked formiddable on home turf last season.
roversman
Your right, will be a tough one, had some quality results in the past few years, espeically on home turf. Christian Gross is still their manager?
Hughes Da Man
we have quiet a good group "good teams" it wonk be an easy ride thats for sure
marshinrover
I think there is just enough there to provide us with a good challenge but if we continue to play as we have been doing then I think we should be okay!!
roversman
You should be confident of getting through.
dazza71
You'd rather this group than Tottenham's or Newcastle's wouldn't you! Rangers haven't been given a bad group have they. If Rovers can't come through there group you'd be worried.
Hughes Da Man
 

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