Europa League Betting

May 26, 681 days ago

2015 Europa League Final preview

2015 Europa League Final preview

It is the sixth season since UEFA rebranded the UEFA Cup to the Europa League. While there have been long conversations between Spurs and Liverpool fans about whether qualifying for the competition is a good idea, the prize for either Sevilla or Dnipro this Wednesday night is a place in next season’s Champions League.

The Spanish team are looking to retain the trophy as they did in 2007 but will face tough competition from the Ukrainian outfit who will take their place in the 2015/16 Champions League with a win in Warsaw. Keep reading for our 2015 Europa League Final preview.

Sevilla the clear favourites to retain their title

With half an hour of the La Liga season to go last weekend, it looked as if Sevilla would secure their place in next season’s Champions League by finishing fourth in their domestic league. Only a very late comeback from Valencia denied them a top four finish but all that will be immaterial if they can win Europe’s second-tier competition for the fourth time in ten seasons and benefit from UEFA’s new reward for the competition winners.

While the competition may be much derided, Sevilla’s captain is looking forward to his fourth Europa League final in six years. Ex-Arsenal striker Jose Antonio Reyes has won three times – with Atletico Madrid and Sevilla – and the 31 year old says “It is not every day you reach a European final. We should feel proud to be where we are.”

It has certainly been an impressive run from Unai Emery’s side who have beaten the likes of Feyenoord, Borussia Monchengladbach, Villareal and Zenit St Petersburg on their way to Warsaw. In the semi-final they overcame Fiorentina, comfortably beating Italy’s fifth best side 5-0 on aggregate.

Los Rojiblancos have lost just one of their last 21 games in all competitions and are just 3/5 to retain their trophy.

Dnipro looking to become second Ukrainian Europa winner in seven years

Back in 2009, Ukraine’s Shakhtar Donetsk became the last team to win this tournament in its old guise as the UEFA Cup. Dnipro are rank outsiders to emulate their more famous compatriots this week but have proved this season that they are capable of beating more esteemed rivals.

Sitting third in their domestic league, few had heard of the team from Dnipropetrovsk before this season and reaching this final is by some distance their most impressive achievement. They haven’t actually won a trophy since lifting the Soviet Cup in 1989 and they qualified for the Europa League on account of finishing second in the Ukrainian league, their best finish in over twenty years.

After scraping qualification from their group – they ended up with just 7 points from 6 matches – their road to the final has been impressive. They beat Olympiacos, Club Brugge and the Dutch champions Ajax on their way to the semi-finals where they caused a huge upset by eliminating Rafa Benitez’s Napoli side 2-1 on aggregate, Yevhen Seleznyov scoring the winner in the home leg.

Sep 18, 931 days ago

2014/15 Europa League preview

2014/15 Europa League preview

It’s the sixth season of the revamped Europa League this season and while the group stage may be just beginning, the qualifying rounds have actually been taking place since early July.

48 teams enter the group stages from nations as far afield as Belarus, Norway, Slovakia, Croatia and Azerbaijan. There’s the usual mixture of big names and lesser known sides with the final set to be held in Warsaw in May. Keep reading for our preview of this season’s Europa League.

The favourites

One of the main issues with looking at potential winners of the Europa League is that, as yet, we don’t know who eight of the sides in the final 32 will be. Third place teams from the Champions League groups drop into the competition as the knockout rounds begin and, in the five years of the rebranded Europa League, two of the eventual winners haven’t even been in the competition at this stage.

Chelsea in 2013 and Atletico Madrid in 2010 both dropped into the Europa League after their Champions League elimination and so there could be some strong teams yet to enter the tournament.

Of the teams already in the group stage, Napoli look worthy favourites. Having finished third in Serie A, Rafa Benitez’s side would have expected to reach the Champions League group stages but were eliminated 4-2 on aggregate by Athletic Bilbao in the final play-off round.

Napoli fell to a surprise 1-0 home defeat to Chievo last weekend but in a group featuring Sparta Prague, Young Boys and Slovan Bratislava they should easily make the knockouts. Bear in mind, though, that an Italian side hasn’t reached the final of UEFA’s second tier competition since back in 1999.

Spurs have been a regular in the Europa League in recent years and are available at 16/1 but a better bet looks to be last year’s winners Sevilla at 20/1. Spanish sides have won three of the last five Europa League titles and Unai Emery’s side have enjoyed an unbeaten start to the La Liga season.

Wolfsburg are the Bundesliga’s leading challengers at 25/1 while Villareal could also go well at the same price. Everton are also 25/1 but face a tough challenge to overcome both Wolfsburg and Lille in Group H.

Outsiders to watch

For obvious reasons, Russian and Ukrainian sides won’t face each other in the early stages of this season’s Europa League. Both countries have boasted winners of this tournament in the last decade with CSKA Moscow, Zenit St Petersburg and Shakhtar Donetsk all claiming the title since 2005.

It is Dynamo Moscow’s first appearance in the Europa League and they reached the group stage by the skin of their teeth, eventually seeing off Omonia Nicosia after extra-time in the play-off round. They stand third in the Russian Premier League after seven matches and look to have a comfortable group alongside Estoril, PSV Eindhoven and Panathanaikos.

Stanislav Cherchesov’s side are 66/1 and that represents decent each-way value.

This season’s Europa League final will be in Warsaw and so it may be worth keeping an eye on the current Polish champions, Legia Warsaw. Eliminated from the Champions League in controversial circumstances – they beat Celtic but fielded an ineligible player – Henning Berg’s team have won the last two Polish league titles and aren’t in the toughest group.

Last season they lost five of their six group games – including a defeat to minnows Apollon Limassol – but I fancy they could emulate their 2012 performance when they reached the knockout stages. With a home final to aim for the 100/1 could tumble with a decent result against Trabzonspor, Lokeren or FC Metalist Kharkiv.

Europa League Betting

May 10, 1427 days ago

2013 Europa League Final Betting Tips

2013 Europa League Final Betting Tips

Benfica v Chelsea

Chelsea are bidding to become the first side to win the Europa League in the season following a Champions League triumph and are probably decent value to get the better of Benfica in 90 minutes in the Ajax Stadium in Amsterdam at 13/10.

Apr 7, 1460 days ago

Europa League Betting Tips – Thursday April 11th

Europa League Betting Tips – Thursday April 11th

Basle v Tottenham

Now is probably a good time to play Tottenham Hotspur. Though Gareth Bale’s ankle injury is not as bad as first feared he will still miss his side’s quarter-final, second-leg with FC Basel in Switzerland and, with Jermaine Defoe also missing, you’d fancy the home side to finish off the job they started so impressively at White Hart Lane.

Apr 1, 1466 days ago

Europa League Betting Tips – Thursday April 4th

Europa League Betting Tips – Thursday April 4th

There may be no Premier League teams in the last eight of the Champions League but the quarter-finals of the Europa League sees a strong English presence and all three sides still involved will fancy their chances of making further progress.

Mar 6, 1857 days ago

Europa League Last 16 Betting Tips

Europa League Preview

There are some who say that Manchester United and Manchester City are destined to face each other in this year’s Europa League Final but both teams have plenty of work to do to make that a reality.

Like their City rivals, United’s priority this season is winning the Premier League title, but that focus has already cost them a place in the last 16 of the Champions League

Aug 28, 2048 days ago

Europa League Betting Preview

2011/12 Europa League Preview

Shamrock Rovers, who became the first side from the League Of Ireland to qualify for the group stages of the Europa League after winning in Zagreb, have been rewarded with a plum draw in the competition. Michael O’Neill’s Hoops will line up against Russians Rubin Kazan, who beat Barcelona in the Champions League a couple of years ago, and PAOK Salonika of Greece as well as facing home and away fixtures with Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur.

Mar 4, 2225 days ago

Europa League Betting Tips

Europa League Betting

Last-16 First Leg

The last-16 stage of this season’s Europa League kicks off next Thursday with the current outright favourites Manchester City (8/5) facing a difficult first leg tie away to Dynamo Kiev (7/5). The Ukrainian side are no strangers to European football and are coming off the back of a fantastic performance against Besiktas in the last round. Kiev are a fantastic bet at 6/4 to qualify for the next round of the competition.

Dec 21, 2298 days ago

Europa League Last 32 Betting Tips

Europa League 2010/2011 – Outright Betting Update

The draw for the Round of 32 in this season’s Europa League has been made and the betting market has undergone a bit of a shake-up. Surprisingly, English Premier League side Manchester City (4/1) has been installed the favourites for the competition following their progress from Group A. Even more startling is inclusion of Liverpool (11/2), who have been, at best, mediocre this season

Dec 16, 2303 days ago

Juventus v Man City Betting Predictions

Juventus v Manchester City – Europa League

European ties against the likes of Juventus were nothing more than a pipe-dream for Manchester City fans a few years ago. Is it complacency, therefore, that they are now viewed as a distraction rather than a bonus?

City fans have, of course, more to concern them than some relatively meaningless Europa League match at the moment.

Dec 16, 2303 days ago

Thursday’s Europa League Betting Predictions

Europa League Betting

Matchday 6 (Thursday)

European football continues tonight with all eyes focused on the current Europa League holders Atletico Madrid (13/10). The Spanish side travel to the BayArena in Germany to take on Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen (15/8) knowing that need to better the result of the second-placed team in Group B, Aris Salonica (2/5), if they are to stand any chance of qualifying for the knockout phase of the competition.

Dec 15, 2304 days ago

Liverpool v FC Utrecht Betting Predictions

Europa League – Liverpool v FC Utrecht

Watching Liverpool at the moment is a bit like tuning in for an episode of ‘Lost’. Just when you think you’ve worked out the story line, one of the regular cast disappears and along come a couple of characters you’ve never seen before who turn the whole thing on its head. Of course, in Liverpool’s case, the big names aren’t being killed off, but merely confined to the treatment table.

This was always going to be a season of transition for the Reds and a learning curve for manager Roy Hodgson.