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Europa Conference League draw results: Fixtures, schedule for round of 16 as Aston Villa play Ajax

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Premier League side Aston Villa will face Ajax in arguably the most high-profile encounter of the Uefa Europa Conference League round of 16.

The Dutch giants won the competition in 1992 and are four-time European champions, although they required extra time in the knockout play-offs to beat Norwegian side Bodo/Glimt, having finished third in their Europa League group.

Villa are competing in Europe for the first time since 2010/11 as part of their impressive resurgence since appointing Unai Emery as manager in October 2022.

Ajax have already faced English opponents in Europe this season, losing 2-0 home and away to Brighton & Hove Albion.

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The most historically successful club in the Netherlands flirted with the Eredivisie relegation zone during a dismal start to 2023/24 but have risen to fifth in the table.

The Villans are fourth in the English top flight, putting them on course to qualify for the Champions League next season.

Conference League draw: Villa vs Ajax

The 1982 European champions have had mixed results since the start of the calendar year, winning two and losing two of their five league matches.

They have the chance to become the second successive English club to win the Conference League since Italian side Roma won the inaugural edition in 2022.

West Ham beat Serie A opponents Fiorentina in the final in Prague in 2022/23, earning a place in this season’s Europa League by doing so.

The ties are provisionally scheduled to take place across two legs on March 7 and 14 2024, although Uefa expect to confirm the dates and kick-off times later on Friday.

Emery’s side are in league action at home to Nottingham Forest on Saturday and visit Luton Town a week later.

Full 2023/24 Europa Conference League round of 16 draw:

Servette vs Viktoria Plzen
Ajax vs Aston Villa
Molde vs Club Brugge
Union SG vs Fenerbahçe
Dinamo vs PAOK
Sturm vs LOSC Lille
Maccabi Haifa vs Fiorentina
Olympiacos vs Maccabi Tel Aviv

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

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