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Europa League Betting Odds – Outright Winner
To win UEFA Europa League; Best odds bold; Each-Way Place Terms: 1/2 odds 1,2.
Man Utd head Europe League Odds with Full Line-Up To Be Decided
Sevilla secured their third consecutive Europa League trophy by defeating Liverpool in Basel back in May but will only be called upon to defend their title if they suffer an early elimination from this year’s Champions League, writes Nick.
With the preliminary and qualifying rounds out of the way (the latter having already seen off West Ham) the 48-team group stage will run from September to December. The top two teams from each group will then progress to the knockout rounds in 2017.
The difficulty will intensify at that stage, when the eight teams who finished third in their Champions League groups will drop down into the competition. It is an arrangement that can be seen to devalue the effort and achievements of those who have successfully come through their Europa League groups. It seems particularly nonsensical now that the prize for winning the Europa League is a place in the next year’s Champions League.
Four of the last 10 Europa League winners, nine of the last 20 finalists and 16 of the last 40 semi-finalists have been teams who have dropped down from the top competition. It would therefore be fair to say that until the identity of these teams is known it is hard to get a proper handle on who should be considered the favourites for this year’s competition.
Current favourites in the bookies’ Europa League odds are Manchester United. They were one of the teams who dropped down last year, but will be involved from the start this time around after finishing fifth in the Premier League last season.
Jose Mourinho (pictured) secured the first European trophy of his career by winning the competition with Porto back in 2003, but it remains to be seen how seriously his United side will take it. How far they progress in domestic competitions is sure to play a role.
Spanish teams are always strong. The country has provided six of the last 10 winners, while its teams have reached the semi-finals on 13 occasions over the last 10 years – more than double the total of the sides from any other country.
Villarreal reached the semi-finals last time out and have good experience in European competition, while Celta Vigo are a high-energy attacking outfit who always seek to impose themselves on their opponents. Athletic Bilbao have twice finished as runners up in the UEFA Cup/Europa League and are a strong and direct side whom the bookies currently have as the most likely Spanish victors.
It has been 17 years since an Italian side last reached the final or lifted the trophy, but Roma, Inter Milan and Fiorentina have all been installed among the early bookmakers’ favourites in the Europa League odds. Of the three, Roma, who improved significantly under Luciano Spalletti during the second half of last season, look the most dangerous. In addition, Sassuolo are an energetic, attack-minded side who are unlikely to go all the way but can certainly be expected to ruffle some feathers.
Schalke 04 were the last German side to win the competition way back in 1997 and will hope to enjoy a strong run this time around. The Bundesliga’s other group-stage entrants, Mainz, are a very well-organised outfit with some interesting talent but may struggle to balance their domestic and European commitments given their relatively small squad.
Shakhtar Donetsk and Zenit Saint-Petersburg have both won this competition in the last 10 years and could again threaten this time around if they adapt well to the demands of their new coaches. The experienced Romanian Mircea Lucescu has swapped the bench of the former for that of the latter, with Paulo Fonseca taking his place in Donetsk.
Portuguese sides have reached the final in three of the last six years, although their threat usually comes from the teams eliminated from the Champions League group stage rather than from their initial entrants. Habitual Champions-League sides Anderlecht and Ajax will hope to show well, while Feyenoord, Nice and Standard Liege should all provide some entertainment and could enjoy deep runs given good draws.
Given that the participants have yet to be finalised, you can be sure that the Europa League betting has plenty of maturing to do. Keep a look out at the bookies’ odds, using the betting price comparison chart above, as this football competition progresses.