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Europa League Picks: Outright Winner Odds and Prediction for 2017
Odds To Win The Europa League 2017
Below you will see all of the odds relating to the overall winner of the 2016/17 Europa League Tournament. These lines will fluctuate as the season rolls on so it's best to check back here frequently before placing your final bet. Sevilla of Spain have won the tournament in each of the previous three seasons, however as they have progressed in this year's Champions League, the Europa League competition is guaranteed to have a new victor in 2017. Will it be one of the big name clubs or will this be a memorable tournament for one of Europe's smaller clubs?
The round of 32 knockout phase of the Europa League consists of the twenty four sides who progressed from the group stage plus the eight third-placed sides from the Champions League.
These eight sides normally enter the tournament high on the list of favourites, however these odds don't often tell the whole story. Tottenham, for example, start second on the list despite having not made it past the quarter-final stage in over thirty years. Manchester United are one of the biggest clubs in world football, which is surely the only reason why they are listed as favourites entering into the round of 32. Only two English sides have won the tournament in the last thirty years and many clubs struggle with their number one priority - excelling in the Premier League - while they remain in Europe. It is difficult to see United winning this tournament.
Looking to one of the teams in the next few levels of favouritism is your best bet in the competition. Teams like Shakhtar Donetsk and Zenit St Petersburg often care more about European glory than domestic success and are sure to have plenty of energy as they go into each fixture. You also can't go wrong with picking a Spanish club - they have won seven out of the last dozen tournaments.
Who Will Win Europa League 2017?
TAKE ATHLETIC BILBAO (+1400) at BET365
It is hard to go past Bilbao when looking at the odds for overall victor. Firstly, they enter the round of 32 with a tie against Cypriot side Apoel Nicosia which should be an absolute cake walk.
Secondly, they are already all but out of the La Liga title race and while the club will still need to perform in the league to maintain their current position, it is easy to see the side put their Europa League progression as their number one priority and look to become yet another of the Spanish clubs in recent years to lift the trophy. A lot depends on the draw of course, but this side as the ability to go deep into this competition.
Another side that could go far in this year's tournament is Roma. The club will be looking to be the first Italian side to win the competition this century, after over a decade of dominance saw clubs from Serie A win the Europa League a whopping eight times from eleven attempts between 1989 and 1999. Roma's only concern will be balancing their domestic commitments - they are one of the few teams in the country that can push Juventus for the league title and may have to decide mid tournament whether they can afford to chase both. They will also have to overcome a difficult proposition in Villareal before they can think about winning the whole thing.
Bet365 Europa League Offer
Bet365 offer a wide selection of betting lines on all UEFA Europa League fixtures. Remember that all fixtures from the round of 32 until the semi-finals are two-legged ties - you can bet on individual match lines or pick the team you think will progress over the two matches.
Goal-scoring markets are always popular. Take a punt on who you think will be the first or last player to hit the back of the net, or take the safer option and select a player who you think may score at any time. Another good option is the 'both teams to score' market where Bet365 typically offers close to even odds. Don't forget that you can always bet live on fixtures, so be sure to place a wager in-game to receive enticing odds on your team, especially if they go a goal down early!
The Round of 32 fixture list has provided punters with plenty to think about - there is undoubtedly the potential to score with an in-game bet. Look at St Etienne vs. Manchester United for example. United are unbeaten in their last 14 European home games, while St Etienne are unbeaten in their last ten both home and away - topping their group this year without loss. There is a big chance of a draw between the sides so don't lose faith if your team goes down early in either leg.
FC Rostov have a tie against Sparta Prague in their round of 32 matchup, which promises to be very exciting. Sparta topped a tough group where they saw off challengers Inter and Southampton, while Rostov famously won against giants Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Expect to see goals when these sides meet.
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The full list of Super League clubs:
- English - Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham.
- Spanish - Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Real Madrid.
- Italian - AC Milan, Inter Milan, Juventus.
However, plans broke down the very next day after the featured clubs made the announcement, led by Real Madrid’s Florentino Perez. Perez has been defiant in the face of big clubs like Juventus and Manchester City dropping out, with the governing body FIFA also threatening to ban teams from their domestic leagues.
The anger and frustration at the decision to go ahead with a Super League boiled over when fans of Premier League clubs Arsenal, Chelsea, and Tottenham held mass protests outside the relative stadiums. The announcement caused a wave of protest across Europe, as UEFA made it clear that all clubs involved would face repercussions if they were to go ahead and compete in the breakaway Super League.
But, what upset the fans so much and is the Super League really so different from the Champions League?