ECL: Arsenal draws sporting, Man. Utd to face Betis

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Elish Clubs, Arsenal and Manchester United are to face Sporting Lisbon and Real Betis respectively for in the round 16 of the European Club League.

The Gunners will travel to Lisbon next month to face Ruben the Portuguese club in the first leg of the game while Manchester United will host the Spanish club at the Old Trafford.

The pairing of the clubs brings potential for a reunion between Arsenal and former defender Hector Bellerin, with the Spaniard having joined the Portuguese club in January after a short return to boyhood club Barcelona.

In terms of where the tie fits into the north London club’s schedule, they welcome Bournemouth to the Emirates before the away tie at Sporting. A trip to Craven Cottage to play Fulham comes between the two legs, before the visit of Crystal Palace follows the second leg.

Manchester United, meanwhile, who have lost just once in all competitions since November, welcome Real Betis, managed by ex-Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini, to Old Trafford for the first leg.

In the lead-up to that match, United travel to Anfield to play Liverpool. They then play Southampton at home before making the trip to Brighton following the second leg, which will be played at Betis’ Estadio Benito Villamarin.

The first legs of the last-16 fixtures will take place on Thursday March 9, with the second legs a week later on Thursday March 16. The draw for the quarter-finals will take place on Friday March 17.

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