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Europa League Betting Odds – Outright Winner
To win UEFA Europa League 2019-2020; To Lift The Trophy; Best odds bold; Each-Way Place Terms: 1/2 odds 1,2.
Man Utd Head Europa League Odds Going Into Knockout Stages
Manchester United are the bookmakers favourites in the Europa League odds to progress through the condensed knockout stages and win the 2019-20 competition, writes Nick Dorrington.
When the competition was paused in March the majority of the first legs of the round-of-16 fixtures had already taken place. The second legs of those ties will be played at their original venues, while the two yet to be started will be contested in one-off matches on neutral ground.
The remaining eight teams will then play out the quarter-finals onwards as one-off matches across four German stadiums, with the final set for the RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne on 21st August. The shift from two legs to one introduces an extra element of unpredictability into the proceedings that should make for a thrilling tournament.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s Man Utd are almost guaranteed a place in the last eight after defeating Austrian side LASK 5-0 away from home in the first leg of their round-of-16 tie. That, the relative ease of a potential quarter-final against Copenhagen or Istanbul Basaksehir, and their excellent form during the final stretch of the Premier League season have combined to make them the favourites in the UEL betting.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side stormed past Chelsea and Leicester City into third in the table by taking 21 points from an undefeated run of nine matches following the resumption of action in June. With Champions League qualification now secured through that EPL finish, success in the Europa League is not imperative, but United will still be keen to win a trophy they previously lifted in 2017.
The most trustworthy UK bookmakers and the publicly available statistical models give United around a 34-36% chance of doing so. That is around 20 percentage points clear of the next team. That advantage is, though, unlikely to hold once the field starts to shake out. Much of it is due to the assumption that United will at least reach the semis and statistical modelling site gives them an 85% chance of making it that far.
Other teams do not have such a clear path. The four teams that follow United in the bookies’ rankings will all meet another of them in the last eight, presuming they all make it that far. If they do, Sevilla and Wolverhampton Wanderers will clash on United’s side of the draw, with Inter Milan and Bayer Leverkusen on the other.
That is far from certain, particularly in the case of Sevilla and Inter. Both of them are good sides. Sevilla finished fourth in La Liga, are secure in defence and have sufficient attacking outlets to cause problems. Inter will be top-four finishers in Serie A and are a very competitive team under former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte. Lautaro Martinez and ex-United striker Romelu Lukaku form a potent front two.
The problem is that even to reach the last eight, both of those teams have to traverse tricky ties on a one-match basis. Sevilla versus Roma and Inter versus Getafe are two of the most tightly matched round-of-16 encounters. While Sevilla and Inter are the favourites to progress, the reality is that it wouldn’t take much to go against them for either or both to be eliminated.
Wolves and Leverkusen have a better chance of reaching the quarters and they are both very decent teams. Wolves drew home and away to United in the league this season and have performed well on their return to European action for the first time in almost 40 years. Leverkusen finished fifth in the Bundesliga, play an attractive, possession-based style and just need to complete the job following a 3-1 first-leg win away to Rangers in the last 16.
Some combination of the five teams highlighted so far will probably fill three of the four semi-final spots. If not, Getafe, Roma or even Olympiakos, who could still end Wolves’ competition in the round of 16, wouldn’t really be surprise or unworthy semi-finalists. United losing to Copenhagen or Istanbul Basaksehir would represent the only real shock amongst the mentioned possibilities.
The remaining place in the final four is likely to be filled by the best outside bet in the Europa League odds for this year’s competition: Shakhtar Donetsk. The Ukrainian champions won 2-1 away to Wolfsburg in the first leg of their round-of-16 encounter and if they can see off the job there, would face Eintracht Frankfurt or Basel in the last eight. Basel are three goals up from the away leg of that tie, so it looks likely to be Shakhtar against Basel.
If Shakhtar can progress from that, they could easily upset their semi-final opponent over the course of 90 minutes and extra time. The same would hold true for the final.