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Europa League Betting Odds – Outright Winner
To win UEFA Europa League 2018-19; Best odds bold; Each-Way Place Terms: 1/2 odds 1,2.
Chelsea & Arsenal Top Europa League Odds
Atletico Madrid won last year’s Europa League after dropping down from the Champions League but there is a solid chance that the winner in the 2018-19 season will come from the initial field of entrants, writes Nick.
Taking a position with the Europa League odds could be perilous at this stage because five of the last 10 teams to lift the trophy have been sides eliminated from the Champions League group stage, while there has been at least one such team in nine of the last 10 finals. That makes it difficult to make predictions early in the season.
With that said, there is a lot of quality amongst the teams who will start this campaign in the Europa League. Last year’s competition featured some highly entertaining matches towards its finale but there can be little doubt that the starting field is stronger this time around.
Premier League clubs Arsenal and Chelsea feature highly in the top bookies’ pre-tournament Europa League betting odds market. Chelsea won the competition in 2013 and have the necessary playing talent to go far, but there are two doubts: how seriously they will treat it, and the fact that new coach Maurizio Sarri has a pretty poor record in knockout competitions. Arsenal reached the final four last season and have a three-time winner on their bench in the form of Unai Emery.
Emery’s three triumphs in the Europa League came consecutively for Sevilla between 2014 and 2016. The Spanish club are the most successful team in the history of the UEFA Cup, renamed the Europa League in 2010, having lifted the trophy on five occasions, all since the turn of the millennium. They will certainly be a side to watch out for this season.
Nine of the last 15, including six of the last nine, Europa League finals have been won by Spanish sides, and there have also been two all-Spanish finals in that time. Real Betis and Villarreal are La Liga’s other representatives this season and both could be capable of a good run if things fall right for them, although Betis have received a tough group-stage draw.
That group includes AC Milan, who along with last season’s quarter-finalists Lazio will lead the quest to become the first Italian winner of the competition this century. Germany’s last winner came even further back, in 1997, and while they each have their merits, it is difficult to see Bayer Leverkusen, Eintracht Frankfurt or RB Leipzig going all the way.
No French side has ever won the Europa League, but they have a strong contender in the shape of last season’s finalists Marseille. They played some excellent football before falling to Atletico in the final and have improved their squad over the summer with the aim of getting back into the Champions League. If they are unable to do so via their league finish, winning the Europa League could prove a viable route.
Eight of the last nine Europa League winners have been sides from the top five leagues (indeed, just from England and Spain), but the competition was won by Zenit Saint Petersburg, Shakhtar Donetsk and Porto in three of four years between 2008 and 2011, and there are again some potential winners from further afield this time around.
Zenit Saint Petersburg are a very decent side, with some talented players, while Dynamo Kiev, who were unable to successfully traverse the Champions League qualifying rounds, also look a solid outside bet at the current Europa League odds to make good progress. RB Salzburg likewise narrowly missed out on making the Champions League group stage and showed in a swashbuckling run to last season’s Europa League semi-finals that they have enough quality to cause problems for more established teams.
Portugal’s initial entrants don’t inspire, but if Benfica or Porto drop down from the Champions League group stage, they would automatically find themselves amongst the favourites. Greece or Turkey might, though, provide a surprise, with PAOK and Olympiakos from the former and Besiktas and Fenerbache from the latter capable of a shock or two.
They are dominant domestically in Scotland, but Celtic’s shortcomings were made clear during their failed attempt to qualify for the Champions League group stage and a difficult group will make it hard for them to make significant progress. Rangers are less accomplished and it would be very surprising if they were to make it out of their group.