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Europa League Betting Odds – Outright Winner
To win UEFA Europa League 2020-2021; To Lift The Trophy; Best odds bold; Each-Way Place Terms: 1/2 odds 1,2.
London Teams Top Europa League Odds With Bookmakers
Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are the early bookmakers’ favourites in the Europa League odds to win the 2020-21 renewal, writes Nick Dorrington. It is an open field with plenty of viable winners even just amongst those who will begin the season in the competition.
The influx of teams eliminated from the Champions League group stage ahead of the knockouts always makes it difficult to predict how the latter phases of the Europa League will pan out. At least one of those teams has reached the final in eight of the last 10 years.
If one was to pick out some teams capable of going all the way from the initial field, Arsenal and Spurs would figure among them. The two North London sides received accessible group stage draws and while there is a long road from there through to the final, with five knockout rounds to traverse, they are as realistic winners as any.
Spurs, in particular, would appear to have the necessary squad depth successfully to combine continental and domestic endeavours. They haven’t won a European trophy since the mid-1980s, but coach Jose Mourinho won the Europa League with Manchester United in 2017 to add to his previous triumph with Porto in 2003.
That United victory was one of three for English sides in the last eight years. Leicester are the third Premier League entrant this year and also have the quality to put together a good run but their focus may shift towards the domestic league if they find themselves in a good position to qualify for the Champions League through their placing there.
Spanish teams have won the remaining five of those last eight runnings of the Europa League, seven of the last 11 and 10 of the last 17. Sevilla claimed their sixth triumph in that last-mentioned timescale by defeating Inter Milan in last season’s final, but they will start this campaign in the Champions League and will only have an opportunity to defend their trophy if they fail to progress by finishing third in their group there.
This year’s initial set of Spanish entrants is made up of a Villarreal side coached by Unai Emery, who was in the dugout for three of those Sevilla successes and who also reached the final with Arsenal in 2018-19. Then there is a Real Sociedad team who played neat and effective football in La Liga last season, reached the domestic cup final and might be capable of going deep in Europe this time around. Also in this group of compatriots is Granada, who embark on a first continental campaign.
Between them, English and Spanish teams have lifted the trophy in each of the last nine seasons. Could a team from another league end that duopoly in 2020-21?
Portugal was the last country to provide a Europa League winner through Porto in 2011. Benfica have twice since reached the final without success. Cursed, perhaps, but reunited with the coach, Jorge Jesus, who led them to those previous runs. On the back of heavy off-season investment that was nevertheless insufficient to see them through the Champions League qualifying rounds, they might be a decent outside bet with our shortlist of trustworthy UK bookies.
Last season, Inter became the first Italian side to reach the Europa League final since Parma’s triumph in 1999, and there is a particularly strong candidate from Serie A this time around in the form of Napoli, who after beginning each of the last four campaigns in the Champions League, this time find themselves in the secondary continental competition. Their odds look pretty tempting. AC Milan and Roma are also there.
Germany hasn’t provided a finalist since 2009 nor a winner since way back in 1997. The Bundesliga only has two entrants in the group stage, of which Bayer Leverkusen, with an attractive, possession-based play style, are the most likely to make good progress.
No French team has ever won the Europa League or its predecessor, the UEFA Cup. Lille are their most realistic winners from those who start the season in the competition, although it would be a fair surprise if they did go all the way. Nice may struggle to get out of their group.
It is interesting to note that in addition to Portugal, teams from the Netherlands, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine have all won the Europa League more recently than a team from France, Italy or Germany. CSKA Moscow look like the most interesting side from that set of nations in the initial field, although PSV Eindhoven, too, could be a very interesting team if the squad take well to the tactics of new coach Roger Schmidt.
After that we are getting into real outsiders in the Europa League odds, teams who are very unlikely to go all the way, but might go further than expected. Young Boys of Switzerland, perhaps, or even Slavia Prague, who didn’t deviate from their attacking and high-pressing approach in last season’s UCL group stage, and proved a decent match for some good sides there.