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To win UEFA Europa League; Best odds bold; Each-Way Place Terms: 1/3 odds 1,2.
Man Utd and Spurs top Europa League odds but others have strong claims
Sevilla have won the Europa League in each of the last three seasons but there will be a new winner this time around after the Spanish side successfully traversed their Champions League group to avoid a mid-season demotion to Europe’s secondary club competition, writes Nick.
Tottenham Hotspur are one of the eight teams who have dropped down this competition for the knockout rounds. They have immediately been installed as second favourites in the Europa League odds to win it and while that is partially due to their own merits, it also takes into the account that demoted teams generally perform well.
Four of the last 10 winners, nine of the last 20 finalists and 16 of the last 40 semi-finalists have been teams who have dropped down from the Champions League. While there isn’t as strong a field of demoted teams as in some recent years, it is therefore unsurprising to see that both Spurs and the French side Lyon now find themselves among the top 10 favourites in the betting.
The bookies’ list is, however, currently headed by a side who began the season in the Europa League. Manchester United recovered from defeat on the opening match day to progress from Group A in second place, producing strong performances in home wins over Feyenoord and group-winners Fenerbache along the way. If they continue to take the competition seriously, Jose Mourinho’s (pictured) side can be expected to at least reach the final four.
There are, though, plenty of other teams with good European pedigree who will consider themselves viable winners of this year’s competition.
A strong challenge will come from the east of the continent in the form of Shakhtar Donestk and Zenit Saint-Petersburg. They have both won the competition during the last decade and comfortably progressed through their groups, with Shakhtar in particularly fine fettle. If they can traverse tricky round-of-32 ties, both look good choices to go far.
Spanish teams are always strong in the Europa League. 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.
Athletic Bilbao and Celta Vigo both progressed through their groups in second place but Athletic’s easier round-of-32 draw and less gung-ho approach is likely to see them go further than their Primera Division rivals.
Villarreal reached the final four last season and despite a few struggles during the group stage would normally have been considered the most likely of the Spanish sides to offer a strong challenge for the trophy due to their settled defence, excellent midfield duo and variety of solid attacking options. They will, however, have to overcome an impressive Roma side in the first knockout round if they are to enjoy an extended run in the competition.
It has been 17 years since an Italian side last reached the final or lifted the trophy but Roma have a solid chance of ending that run this time around. They improved significantly in the second half of last season following the return of Luciano Spalletti for his second spell as head coach and have an attractive and effective style of play that will make them difficult opponents for whoever they face. They are rightfully third favourites in the Europa League odds with the bookies.
Schalke 04 were the last German side to win the competition way back in 1997 and look like a solid outside bet this time around after making light work of a potentially difficult group. They suffered a slump in domestic form in the final month of 2016 after a strong October and November but will now be able to focus their efforts on their European campaign. Easing injury worries should give coach Markus Weinzierl the tools to mount a challenge.
Group winners Ajax, Fiorentina and Genk are all potentially dangerous opponents who could put together good runs given favourable draws, while Anderlecht have extensive European experience and scored freely despite finishing second in their group. If they are able to overcome the odds to defeat Zenit in the last 32, they too are capable of solid run.
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