The Europa League has lived in the shadow of the Champions League since its debut in the 2009/10 season. The teams' apparent lower quality and the lack of prize money have put off the majority of Europe's elite clubs from wanting to win this competition until recently that is. Now the winners of the Europa League earn a place in the following season's Champions League group stage. It's no surprise then that the last five Europa League finals have been contested by the likes of Inter Milan, Sevilla, Chelsea, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Marseille, Manchester United, Ajax, and Liverpool.
The objective for the Europa League was never to overtake or even get on level terms with its big brother, the Champions League. It was simply to stand on its own two feet as a legitimate, sort-after, club competition. The Europa League has managed to reach its goal of becoming a competition that all teams in Europe want to win, and no doubt, this season's final will be contested by two big named European clubs.
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Outright Europa League Predictions
With the Europa League still being in the qualifying stages, there is only one outright market to bet on at this moment in time. The ‘winners' market is always one of the most popular to bet on early in any tournament as you can get good odds on some of the biggest teams in the competition. However, it is always worth remembering that as things stand, there are teams such as Spurs that you can back to win the Europa League this season even though they are yet to qualify for the group stage.
Another aspect you have to take into account and the reason behind the good odds available is that the teams that finish 3rd in their Champions League group are entered into the Europa League 1st knockout round. Here's is a list of the current top picks to win the 2020/21 Europa League and the best prices* available across all of the major bookmakers.
Arsenal @ 8/1 with Bet365
Tottenham @ 11/1 with Betfair & PaddyPower
AC Milan @ 14/1 with Bet365 & Betway
Napoli @ 14/1 with Bet365, Betfair & PaddyPower
Leverkusen @ 20/1 with Bet365 & Skybet
Roma @ 20/1 with Bet365, PaddyPower, Betfair & Betway
Villarreal @ 20/1 with Bet365 & BetVictor
Leicester @ 25/1 with Betway
Real Sociedad @ 25/1 with SkyBet
Wolfsburg @ 33/1 with Bet365, Skybet & PaddyPower
*Odds are correct at time of publishing
Some of the outsiders to win the Europa Lague right now are Lille, Granada, and Hoffenheim who are all priced @ 40/1, Sporting @ 50/1, the Dutch duo of PSV and Feyenoord who are @ 66/1.
Our Outright Prediction: Arsenal
The Gunners made it to the final of the Europa League in 2018/19, losing out to Chelsea, and Arteta will be keen to add to last season's FA Cup as he looks to make his name as a manager. Arsenal aren't guaranteed to finish in the top four this season, and qualifying for the Champions League is one Arteta's main tasks. With a space in the Champions League available through a Europa League win, Arsenal will be taking this competition seriously.
Europa League Overview and Markets
The 2020/21 campaign marks the 12th consecutive season of the Europa League with the final to be played in Poland at the Stadion Energa Gdansk. Current Europa League holders Sevilla have won the title six times since 2006, which is twice as many as nearest rivals Inter Milan, Liverpool, Juventus, and Atletico Madrid. As mentioned above, the winner of the Europa League earns a place in the following season's Champions League group stage.
Once qualifying has been completed the draw for the group stage of the Europa League will commence. There are twelve groups consisting of four teams that will all play each other twice, home and away, with the winners and runners-up qualifying for the knockout stage. It is at this point that the sides that finish third in their Champions League groups move into the Europa League to make up the round of 32. Each knockout round up to and including the semi-finals consists of two legs, home and away, with the aggregate rule being used to decide who progresses.
As things stand, the teams that have so far qualified for the group stage of the 2020/21 Europa League are as follows,
- CSKA Moscow
- Sparta Prague
- Rapid Wien
- Real Sociedad
The draw for the Europa League group stage will be made on 2nd October. The draw for the first knockout round will be made on 14th December, and the second knockout round draw will be on the 26th of February. The draw for the quarter-finals takes place on the 19th March, with the semi-finals being drawn on the very same day. The final will be played on the 26th May at the Stadion Energa Gdansk, Poland, which holds a maximum capacity of 41,620.
Europa League Markets
As you would expect for the second-largest cup competition in Europe, all of the major bookmakers cover the Europa League. Even from the early qualifying rounds, odds can be found on the games involving many of the minnows that enter the qualifying rounds but rarely make the group stage.
Just like the Premier League or the Champions League, all of the most popular markets are available when it comes to Europa League betting. Many of the matches will be televised either on the TV or streamed by selected bookmakers, and if you make a bet on a game then you will be able to watch that game via that particular bookmaker's website or app.
Here is a list of the bookmakers offering odds on the 3rd Round Qualifying matches,
- William Hill
Betting tips and predictions on the Europa League games become more precise when you get to the competition's group stage. The qualifiers after involve lesser-known teams and pitch sides up against one another that have no previous head to head record. The ‘bigger' teams will often field weaker teams when they are drawn against the smaller clubs, which can lead to some surprising results. However, once you get to the play-offs and then the group stage, you are usually faced with much easier to find information and statistics, which allows for the more detailed and precise betting tips and predictions.
Past Betting Tips for 2020-2021 Season
3rd Qualifying Round – Thursday 24th September
Fehervar vs Reims
Ligue 1 side Reims will be hoping to find their form in the Europa League as they have failed to win any of their opening four league games. Hungarian side Fehervar have started their domestic season well and could well cause an upset in this tie.
Mura vs PSV
PSV made it two wins from two in the Eredivisie last time out but could find goals hard to come by against a Mura side that have kept clean sheets in each of their last six matches. The Dutch giants will be the big favourites to progress through to the playoffs, especially as they are at home in the 2nd leg.
Willem II vs Rangers
Rangers have been handed a tricky 3rd round tie against Willem II of the Eredivisie, but remain the favourites to win in the Netherlands. Steven Gerrard's men top the Scottish Premiership and go in search of their first European trophy since the Gers claimed the Cup Winners' Cup back in 1972.
Riga vs Celtic
Rangers' arch-rivals Celtic have a trip to Latvia where they will face a Riga side that sit top of their domestic league. The Scotts should have too much for the home side to handle and will no doubt turn Riga over, back at Celtic Park.
Shkendija vs Tottenham
Spurs are the only English team in the 3rd Round Qualifiers and have landed on their feet with a draw against Shkendija of Macedonia. Mourinho's men are expected to make light work of their hosts even if they do decide to rest a few key players.
Granada vs Lokomotivi Tbilisi
La Liga side Granada don't have much European experience but will still be hoping for comfortable passage through to the next round. Lokomotivi Tbilisi aren't even the best team in Georgia right now as they sit 5th in the Erovnuli Liga table after 11-games.
Wolfsburg vs Desna
The Bundesliga is represented in the 3rd Round Qualifiers by Oliver Glasner's Wolfsburg, who face a potentially tricky tie against the Ukrainian side Desna. Desna make their European debut against the Germans on Thursday after finishing 4th in just their second-ever season in the Ukrainian Premier League.
AC Milan vs Bodo/Glimt
AC Milan can't afford to take their Norwegian opponents lightly as Bodo/Glimt sit top of the Eliteserien table, way ahead of the more recognisable teams like Molde and Rosenborg. The visitors are unbeaten in their opening 18 league games this season and have two forwards, Zinckernagel and Junker, in excellent goalscoring form.
Basel vs Anorthosis
Swiss side Basel will be expected to come through their tie against Anorthosis of Cyprus without too much hassle. Despite finishing 2nd in the Cypriot First Division, Anorthosis don't boast any household names in their squad. At the same time, Basel possess bags of European experience and are lead upfront by Ricky van Wolfswinkle. The Dutch striker has netted double figures in Basel's previous two campaigns and has 5-goals in 11 European games for the Swiss giants.
Sporting vs Aberdeen
Aberdeen have a lot of work to do if they are going to progress any further in Europe this season, as the Scots find themselves up against the Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon. Aberdeen are away from home in the first leg, and Sporting are yet to get their domestic season underway, so the Premiership side can't be ruled out just yet.