Europa League Betting Guide & Tips

Europa League Betting Guide & Tips
Our handy guide to the Europa League will explain all you need to know about the biggest football competition in Europe.

2022/23 Europa League

With Eintracht Frankfurt beating Rangers on penalties in last season’s Europa League final, it means the German outfit will now be competing in the Champions League this time around and with such a prize on offer, it makes UEFA’s secondary club tournament even more interesting.

Because with it previously being named as the UEFA Cup, European football’s governing body decided on a change of moniker and since 2008, this tournament has been contested under the guise of the Europa League.

A tournament which blends those who drop out of the Champions League at the turn of each year with those who are considered a level below Europe’s elite and in doing so, it generates a considerable amount of interest across the continent.

Interest which is easily transferred to the world of sports betting and with the Europa League also proving to be one of the most popular competitions for wagers to be placed, the fixtures are always keenly anticipated in Finland, France or anywhere between.

None more so than in the Spanish city of Sevilla and with the Andalusian outfit winning this competition on a record six separate occasions (across both UEFA Cup and Europa League, they have become the team which is synonymous with the competition.

While when it comes to Finnish interest in the competition itself, the nation’s representatives are not known for mixing it with some of Europe’s most well-known names and therefore, must deal with the qualifying rounds instead.

However, when it comes to success from a player point of view, two Finnish stars have had success back in its UEFA Cup days and with Jari Litmanen and Sami Hyypiä both helping Liverpool to victory in 2001, it would be one of three trophies that the Merseyside men would win that year.

Europa League schedule

In terms of the Europa League schedule, the competition starts properly each September. Here 32 teams enter the group stage and from each of the eight four-team groups, the group winners will advance to the Round of 16 knockout phase.

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While the eight teams that finish second in their groups, will meet the eight third-place teams that have dropped out of the Champions League and when paired together, there will be eight knockout phase play-off ties.
When the winners of these eight Europa League games are then paired with the eight group stage winners, it means the Round of 16 lineup is now complete.

From here, it is a format of home and away Europa League games in the Round of 16, Quarterfinals and Semi-finals. Before the two best clubs in Europe each season, play a one-legged final in a bid to be crowned winners of the Europa League.

Top teams

When it comes to the top Europa League teams that will be competing in next season’s edition of the competition, the English Premier League will arguably supply most of the interest and this comes courtesy of both Arsenal and Manchester United.

With the Gunners missing out on a return to the Champions League on the final day of the recent Premier League season, there was undoubted disappointed for manager Mikel Arteta and his group of players.

However, that disappointment could well be converted into joy at the end of the 2022/23 campaign and with the Emirates outfit having more than a decent shout at Europa League success, silverware may only be a handful of months away.

Then again, they are not the English candidate when it comes to the outright Europa League odds and with Manchester United having missed out on Champions League qualification of their own, they will look to return some joy to Old Trafford.

While the fact that Roma are also one of the Europa League entrants for 2022/23, will create something of a subplot involving Jose Mourinho and with the Portuguese managerial icon leading the Italians to the Europa Conference League last season, he will now be looking to build on that success.

Add fellow Romans Lazio into the mix and each of these four Europa League teams will find themselves as not only seeds in Pot 1, but also a quartet of outfits that the likes of Braga, Feyenoord and Rennes will want to avoid in the Europa League group stage draw. 

Top players and managers

As for the top players that will be competing in the Europa League next season, it is almost impossible to ignore Cristiano Ronaldo and although his own powers may be fading, he will still be well placed to lead Manchester United to continental glory of a slightly lesser scale.

While the same could be said for his international and club teammate Bruno Fernandes and with the former Sporting Lisbon midfielder being known to be a dead ball specialist, his skills will surely be on show across the duration of the season.

If these skills are to be on show, it will certainly please new manager Erik ten Hag and with the Dutchman now leaving the Eredivisie and Ajax Amsterdam behind, he will look to lead his new charges into a successful set of Europa League battles.

Of course, the English interest does not end there and with Mikel Arteta now cultivating a young and exciting side at Arsenal, the likes of Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe and Gabriel Martinelli will aim to come of age on Thursday nights in Europe.

That is if Jose Mourinho does not remind everyone of how special he really is as a manager and although his Roma side are not quite the finished article, they will certainly be a match for anyone in this season’s Europa League.

A match that could see them go up against crosstown rivals Lazio and although they are not quite the powerhouse that they were a decade or so ago, they must not be overlooked in the next edition of the Europa League either.

Not to forget the Feyenoord team that went all the way to last season’s Europa Conference League final and with Arne Slot’s men now having a taste for continental progress, this is not a team to be ignored either.

Who will win …

In terms of who will win the 2022/23 edition of the Europa League, it is difficult to look past the two English Premier League representatives and it will come as no surprise if both Manchester United and Arsenal are heavily backed.

While if it is not to be an English team that wins the final in May of next year, it could just as easily be Italian interest which comes to the fore and although Lazio will fancy their own chances, it is fair to say that Roma will fancy theirs even more.

Then again, an outsider could at least get to the final and with Real Betis and Real Sociedad both flying the flag for La Liga, do not be surprised if there is once again a Spanish name etched on the Europa League trophy.