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Europa League Predictions

The Europa League sees big names and minnows competing for silverware – and a place in next season’s Champions League. BettingTop10 has predictions for the big games.

Europa League Winner Odds

Who will win the 2018/19 Europa League?

There’s prestige and a place in the Champions League up for grabs for the winner of the Europa League. BettingTop10 has the odds on who will be victorious this year.

Teams Profile

Bayer Leverkusen Profile Bayer Leverkusen

Last year Leverkusen just missed out on a Champions League spot after a huge improvement in Heiko Herrlich’s first season in charge.

A Europa League place was the consolation prize and after being grouped with FC Zurich, AEK Larnaca and Ludogorets Razgrad the German club will be confident of progressing.

Losing goalkeeper Bernd Leno in the summer was a big blow but the addition of Paulinho to a side including Leon Bailey and Julian Brandt looked like a positive move. They have though made a terrible start to their Bundesliga season and success on Europa League nights may be the boost they need.

Celtic Profile  Celtic

Rangers may have historically won more top flight championships but Celtic are the biggest club in Scotland today and have won seven consecutive league titles, though Europe is where the Bhoys desperately want to be successful and add more honours to their 1967 European Cup triumph.

Head coach Brendan Rodgers must take a lot of credit for the club’s recent success but without much competition at home they have not performed as well as they would have liked in Europe. Celtic once again failed to qualify for the Champions League group stage in 2018-19 and now face tough Europa League opponents in RB Leipzig, Red Bull Salzburg and Rosenborg.

Chelsea Profile Chelsea

More recently a Champions League regular, Chelsea finished outside the top four in the Premier League last season and are now regarded as one of the favourites for the Europa League.

With such talent as Eden Hazard, Jorginho and N’Golo Kanté they have one of the best midfield groups in Europe and new head coach Maurizio Sarri will be hoping to bring silverware back to Stamford Bridge in his first season at the club.

A Champions League triumph in 2012 was followed the next year with the Europa League and it would not be a huge surprise if they were successful this season too.

Milan Profile  Milan

Once a regular participant – and winner – of the Champions League, Milan are slowly trying to get back to the glory days but crashed out of the Europa League in the round of 16 last year and will be hoping that a group consisting of Real Betis, Olympiacos and F91 Dudelange will not stop them going further this season.

Former fans’ favourite Gennaro Gattuso is Milan’s fearsome head coach and he will look to loan signing Gonzalo Higuain to score the goals that take the Rossoneri far in this competition.

A new crop of talented youngsters including Hakan Calhanoglu and Franck Kessié has also given hope to Milan fans.

Burnley Profile Burnley

Burnley’s remarkable Premier League campaign last season saw them finish seventh in the table and earn themselves a sport in the Europa League qualifiers.

Unfortunately, Olympiacos proved a step too far for the side competing in Europe for the first time since reaching the quarter-finals of the Inter-cities Fairs Cup in 1961.

Perhaps now manager Sean Dyche can concentrate on replicating last season’s league form after a poor start to the new campaign.

The club will be hoping striker Chris Wood can replicate his scoring form the them this season but the prediction is the Clarets may struggle with a relegation scrap set to be on the cards.

Arsenal Profile Arsenal

Arsenal have been on the decline for a number of years now both domestically and on the European stage.

However, the summer brought change and the man who won the Europa League three times in a row with Sevilla, Unai Emery, now occupies the Arsenal hot seat.

Emery’s appointment means the Gunners enter the Europa League as one of the favourites for the tournament.

Drawn in the same group as Qarabag, Sporting Lisbon and Vorskia, topping the group is a must and with star men such as Mesut Ozil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to call upon, anything other than the latter stages will be deemed yet another failure.

Rangers Profile Rangers

The Gers made plenty of headlines in the summer by announcing former Liverpool superstar Steven Gerrard as their new manager.

A solid start to the campaign has ensued for Gerrard with the highlights so far ensuring passage to the Europa League group stages and the 4-0 thumping of Dundee in the SPL.

The return of Kyle Lafferty has been instrumental in their recent success and with the prolific Alfredo Morelos, fire power will not be lacking this season.

Pitted against Villarreal, Rapid Wien and Spartak Moscow in the group stages does mean an early exit may be on the cards with the priority quickly returning to closing the gap to Celtic in the SPL.

Villareal Profile Villarreal

Head Coach Javier Calleja may spy an opportunity this season to progress Villarreal to the next level after ending La Liga fifth last season.

A run in the Europa League will also be an important facet for the side affectionately known as The Yellow Submarine for their bright yellow home shirts.

Former Everton centre-back Ramiro Funes Mori has just joined the ranks from the Toffees as Calleja looks to take Villarreal from Europa League nearly men (three-time semi-finalists, most recently in 2016) to champions of Europe’s second tier.

Progression from the group stage but perhaps the outright victory is a step too far for a side eager to break La Liga’s top four.

About the Europa League

The Europa League, previously known as the UEFA Cup, is European football’s secondary cup competition behind the Champions League. The knockout competition was formed in 1971 and was rebranded to its current format in 2009.

Competition Format

There are 48 clubs involved across 12 groups in the First Round, while a further eight clubs – who each finished third in their Champions League groups – are added to the competition at the last 32 stage. From the start of the qualification stage in July until the May final, a total of 160 clubs take part and there are plenty of minnows and big-hitters in the Europa League odds.

17 clubs will enter the competition at the group stage this season and included in this list are Italian giants Lazio and Milan – the latter of whom were granted a reprieve upon appeal after an initial exclusion due to their finances. The Rossoneri hugely underwhelmed last season and were eliminated by Arsenal at the last 16 stage but will hope to do much better this time around with yet further investment following a restructuring of their ownership model. Lazio – who missed out on Champions League football on the final day of Serie A last season – will also be hoping to improve on their surprise quarter-final loss to Red Bull Salzburg last time out. Keep an eye on both in terms of any Europa League predictions. Atalanta, whose run last season including a group stage thumping of Everton, are also expected to go far despite starting out before the groups.

Most Successful Teams

The competition’s most successful club are Sevilla, who have re-entered Europa League betting for this season after missing out on the Champions League. The Andalusian club have lifted the trophy on five separate occasions with all those successes coming since 2006, including three titles in a row between 2014 and 2016.

Atletico Madrid are the current competition holders, as they won the title for the third time in their history with a 3-0 final victory over Marseille last season, with Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa starring on their way to the trophy. Diego Simeone’s men will not be involved in the Europa League betting this time around, as they have re-entered the Champions League.

The Europa League odds winner market may be particularly busy this summer with a number of massive clubs involved in the competition. Spanish clubs have lifted five of the last seven trophies on order and Sevilla will be joined by city rivals Real Betis and perennial European challengers Villarreal in the Europa League predictions for the 2018/19 campaign.

Betis will undoubtedly be one of the teams to watch in this season’s Europa League betting markets, with recent signings such as Marc Bartra, William Carvalho and Takashi Inui giving them a fresh impetus following their sixth-placed finish in La Liga last season. Their last appearance in the competition came in 2014, when they exited at the hands of cross-city rivals Sevilla at the quarter-final stage.

There also looks set to be a strong challenge in the Europa League odds from the UK, with London giants Chelsea and Arsenal both involved this season. The Gunners fell at last season’s semi-final stage to Atletico, agonisingly going down 2-1 on aggregate. The North London side are now under the guidance of Unai Emery, who was the man to guide Sevilla to their three successive Europa League titles in recent times.

Chelsea re-enter the Europa League betting frame for the first time since they won the competition in 2013. Then under Rafael Benitez, the Blues landed the trophy a year after their Champions League triumph as they overcame Benfica in that season’s final. The West London side have a strong record in cup competitions over the years and lifted the FA Cup in May and will look to continue that proud tradition this time around.

Burnley had to negotiate the qualification stages but after their two-legged progression past Scottish side Aberdeen, they are tipped in the Europa League betting markets to go deep into this season’s competition in a rare return to European competition for the Clarets.

Last season’s defeated finalists Marseille are also not to be discounted this time out in the Europa League betting and will start in the group stages alongside fellow Ligue 1 club Rennes while Bordeaux look to navigate the qualification stages.

Highly-fancied in the Europa League odds are German highfliers RB Leipzig but they will also go through the qualification process as they hope to join fellow Bundesliga clubs Bayer Leverkusen and Eintracht Frankfurt in the groups.

Elsewhere, Portuguese giants Sporting CP may not be threatening the Europa League betting market greatly due to an exodus of players this summer but there may be much higher value in that of Braga – who are threatening to challenge the established ‘big three’ in Portugal and worth checking out on Betting Top 10’s odds for the competition.

Other sides worth keeping an eye on are those who regularly aim to reach a minimum of the February knockout stages in European competition. Russian giants Zenit Saint Petersburg are intimidating opponents for any side while Greek club Olympiakos are involved in this season’s Europa League predictions mix after surprisingly missing out on last season’s league title to Athens rivals AEK.

Belgian clubs are growing stronger in European competition with Anderlecht and Gent among this year’s contestants, while Dutch club Feyenoord and Basel, of Switzerland, are both sure to be among the contenders for many punters’ Europa League predictions this time round.

A few sides with less experience on the European stage will hope to make a name for themselves this season, Russian club Krasnodar, Ukranian duo Vorskla Poltava and Zorya Luhansk alongside Czech clubs Jablonec and Sigma Olomouc will all be hopeful of writing a new chapter in their history. A victory for any of those would, however, overturn the Europa League odds.

All sides who have been eliminated from the Champions League now drop into the Europa League for the first time this season, with the likes of Rosenborg, Ludogorets and CFR Cluj – all who have competed in the group stage of the Champions League in recent years.


Once all the qualifiers are determined in August, the 48 clubs will be drawn into 12 groups of four teams each. Fixtures will take place on Thursday evenings between September and December, with the top two teams from each group advancing into the last 32 – where they will be joined by the eight clubs dropping down from the Champions League – while the 24 clubs who occupy third and fourth spots in their groups will drop out of Europe altogether. The addition of the former Champions League teams could see the Europa League predictions change again.

In the last 32, the 12 group winners will take on the 12 runners-up – with the eight Champions League clubs interspersed evenly into proceedings, while at this stage clubs from the same country still cannot compete directly against each other – before an open draw from the last 16 onwards. The Europa League odds will ebb and flow throughout the knockout rounds.

This season’s final will be held at the Olympic Stadium in the Azerbaijan capital of Baku, on 29 May.