Spurs draw Hearts in Europa League

English Premier League club Tottenham face British counterparts Hearts in their Europa League play-off tie this month.Spurs drew the Scottish Premier League side at the official draw in Nyon on Friday, while 2010 champions Atletico Madrid will take on Portugal’s Vitoria SC to try and earn their group stage spot.

Fulham – inaugural finalists in the second-tier European competition – face a battle with Ukrainian side Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, while Stoke City will go up against FC Thun, of Switzerland.

The other English club in the play-off – Championship side Birmingham City – will take on Portuguese club Nacional.

Fifth in La Liga last term, Sevilla will take on last season’s fourth-placed Bundesliga side Hannover 96, and their fellow Spanish club Athletic Bilbao will go up against Turkish side Trabzonspor.

Spanish giants Celtic will be keen to avoid any early exits after rivals Rangers’ embarrassing Champions League qualifying defeat in mid-week, when they face Swiss side Sion in their play-off.

In other notable play-off fixtures, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Panathinaikos will go head to head, AS Roma will take on Slovan Bratislava and 2011 finalists Sporting Braga will face Swiss outfit Young Boys.