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The Script: How the 2019/20 Europa League knockout stages will pan out according to the stats

Two English teams contested the final in Baku last year - could a Premier League side bring home the trophy once again this season?

Chelsea's triumph over Arsenal in last season's Europa League final saw the Blues rewarded with Champions League qualification to go along with the coveted trophy.

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The Gunners return to the Thursday night competition where they will be joined this season by 2016/17 winners Manchester United. Can either side go all the way to Gdansk?

In anticipation of the big kick-off, we asked the stats whizzes at Google Cloud, Opta and Squawka to crunch all the numbers to produce a full script of the upcoming football season.

Read this exclusive excerpt to find out how they believe the Europa League knockout stages will play out - and when you're done, check out more from The Script.

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The Script: Team by Team