While most attention is rightly focused on the Champions League, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on the Europa League. The competition includes some of the top teams in European football, all hoping to win the final in May and not just claim the trophy but also a place in the 2018-19 Champions League group stages.
In days gone by, there were three European tournaments. The European Cup eventually became the Champions League, the European Cup Winners cup took place until being scrapped in 1999 and merged with the third tournament namely the UEFA Cup which had formerly been called the Fairs Cup and since the 2009-10 season, the Europa League. So what are Europa League Final betting tips?
1. Europa League Final Predictions
Previous winners of the Europa League have included Porto, Atletico Madrid and Manchester United but none have achieved as much success as Sevilla who won the Europa League three years in a row from 2014-16.
The Europa League has grown in stature since the decision was made to award its winners a place in the group stages of the following season’s Champions League. That helped Manchester United who won the trophy last year beating Ajax in the final having failed to secure the required top four finish in the English Premier League.
2. Europa League Final Odds
This year the final takes place in Lyon, France on May 16 which is 11 months after the competition began. The Europa League has received a boost this year mainly thanks to the failures of several teams.
Spain has a great record in the Europa League and this year their best chance of victory lies with Atletico Madrid. They were surprisingly knocked out of the Champions League in the group stages and were moved into the Europa League at the last 32 stage. A place in the last eight looks guaranteed after a 3-0 home win over Lokomotiv Moscow in the first leg of their last sixteen tie and are 7/4 favourites with Ladbrokes to win the Europa League this season.
For the first time, Arsenal are competing in the Europa League after failing to secure a top four finish in the English Premier League. Whereas Atletico Madrid look assured of qualifying for the Champions League via La Liga, the same can’t be said for Arsenal. They need to win the Europa League to be in the Champions League next season. A place in the last eight looks assured after their away win at AC Milan and Bet365 have them at 4/1 to win the Europa League this season.
Another surprise entrant into the Europa League was Borussia Dortmund. The German side finished behind Spurs and Real Madrid in their Champions League group but have it all to do to win the Europa League after a poor result against Red Bull and are 16/1 to be the winners of the Europa League.
Europa League Winner - Best odds
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More hope for Germany comes from RB Leipzig who also started the season in the Champions League. They beat Napoli in the last 32 and have a good chance of getting past Zenit Saint Petersburg and can be backed at 12/1 with Bet365 to lift the Europa League trophy. Lyon will be more than keen to reach the final seeing it’s being held on their home ground. They are making steady progress in the Europa League this season and can be backed at 10/1 to win the Europa League.
Others to consider include Sporting Lisbon from Portugal who are 12/1 at Ladbrokes and French side Marseille who are available at 14/1 with William Hill.
3. Europa League Final
So these were the Europa League Final odds. As you can deduct from this preview, Atletico Madrid are massive favourites to win this whole competition.
There are of course many others like Arsenal, Borussia Dortmunt, RB Leipzig that would like to lift the trophy, but there can only be one winner. Share your Europa League Final predictions with us!
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