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Europa League Betting Odds – Outright Winner
To win UEFA Europa League 2018-19; Best odds bold; Each-Way Place Terms: 1/3 odds 1,2.
Chelsea and Arsenal Head Europa League Odds
Chelsea and Arsenal are among the bookies’ favourites in the 2018-19 Europa League odds ahead of the knockout rounds of this year’s competition, writes Nick Dorrington.
Both teams have been in the Champions League more often than not over the course the last decade, but after coming home fifth and sixth respectively in the Premier League last season, found themselves facing a full campaign in the Europa League this time around.
Chelsea won the competition in 2013 after suffering an early elimination from the Champions League, and are certainly strong candidates to again do so. On paper, they are one of the better teams remaining, but much may depend on the degree to which Maurizio Sarri elects to prioritise the competition in the midst of the club’s fight for a top-four finish.
Arsenal are also involved in that contest. They reached the final four of the Europa League last season and now have a three-time winner on their bench in the form of former Sevilla coach Unai Emery. The feeling may be that his side are a tad too open for a deep run, but that didn’t prove to be an impediment to many of the teams who made good progress last year. The quarter-finals produced a series of thrilling, back-and-forth encounters.
In one of them, Red Bull Salzburg defeated Lazio 6-5 on aggregate before going down to Marseille in their semi-final. The Austrian champions have again impressed this time around, sailing through the group stage with six straight victories from a series of dominant attacking performances. They could be an intriguing outside bet to go all the way.
Of the other sides who began the season in the Europa League, the obvious candidates would be five-time winners Sevilla, their well-structured local rivals Real Betis, Bayer Leverkusen and Eintracht Frankfurt. Those squads all topped their groups. Others to consider include a free-flowing Lazio side, and from the east of Europe, Zenit Saint-Peterburg (the 2008 winners) and Dynamo Kiev.
Celtic are the only other remaining British participants after recovering well from their disappointing Champions League qualifying defeat to AEK Athens to edge out RB Leipzig and finish second in their Europa League group. It would, however, been highly surprising if they progressed any further than their round-of-32 tie against Valencia.
The Spanish side are one of eight teams who were parachuted into the knockout round draw after finishing third in their respective Champions League groups. Over the last 10 years, there has been an even split of Europa League winners between those who began the season in the competition and those who dropped down from the Champions League. But there has been at least one demoted Champions League team in nine of the last 10 finals.
Last year’s winners Atletico Madrid were one of them. There are three prime candidates to follow in their footsteps amongst those who have dropped down from the primary European competition this time around.
With relatively comfortable positions inside the top four in Italy, both Napoli and Inter Milan are well-situated to have a good go at winning the Europa League. It is 20 years since an Italian side last lifted the trophy, but a Napoli side who were only narrowly eliminated from a Champions League group featuring Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain have as good a chance as any of ending that long spell without silverware. Napoli are around 7/1 third favourites in the Europa League odds at the time of writing.
Spanish teams have been the Europa League’s dominant force in that time, winning the competition nine times in the last 19 runnings. That is six more than the teams from any other country. With four teams still in contention that run might just continue, and Valencia are a good contender to make it happen. They are starting to hit their stride after a difficult start to the season and are a well-balanced outfit tailor-made for knockout competition.
It would also be fairly easy to make a case in favour of Shakhtar Donetsk, winners in 2009 and consistently a solid team since. Then there is a Benfica side who lost consecutive finals in 2013 and 2014 and they could put together a deep run. If one believes in superstition, backing Benfica to lift the trophy may not be the wisest idea and they are outsiders in the Europa League betting above. Since being cursed by former boss Bela Guttmann in 1962, Benfica have lost all eight of their subsequent European finals.