Europa League Betting tIPS
The Europa League is one of the most overlooked competitions in the world, with some of the greatest teams in the world featured every season. This year the likes of Monaco, Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Napoli have struggled with all four sides failing to make it beyond the final sixteen, which emphasises the quality of this years competition. On this page, you'll be able to find all of our betting odds for the Europa League, alongside betting markets, tips and more!
Europa League Final Preview - Eintracht have edge over Rangers
Rangers go in search of Europa League glory in Seville when they face German side Eintracht Frankfurt in the final on Wednesday night.
The Scottish giants have exceeded expectations to get this far, already impressively seeing off feared Bundesliga opposition in the shape of Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig, amongst others, to make the final.
The tantalising prospect of securing only the club's second major European trophy is within touching distance for Giovanni van Bronckhorst but they face a tough final challenge against a Frankfurt outfit who have not lost a single game in the competition this season.
Eintracht are the 8/13 favourites to lift the trophy, with Rangers 11/10 and it could be a bridge too far for the Glasgow side, who are coming up against a team who have proved themselves time and again against formidable opposition.
After Oliver Glasner's side progressed with three wins and three draws against Antwerp, Olympiacos and Fenerbahce to top Group D, they then saw off Real Betis, Barcelona and West Ham in the knockout stages. Each time from the round of 16 onwards Eintracht were tipped to go out but each time they passed those significant tests and they will be confident of now getting the better of Rangers, a club who have largely disappointed in Europe in recent years, failing to get past the last 16 in the previous two campaigns.
Their progress this season has been eye-catching, though. They edged out Armenian minnows Alashkert in a play-off qualifier and then finished second in Group A behind Lyon, advancing despite only winning two of their six group games. The competition came alive with the unexpected victory over Dortmund, when they won 4-2 away from home to set up an overall 6-4 aggregate victory, in what was one of the club's finest-ever results. The Gers then followed that up by seeing off experienced European sides Red Star Belgrade and Braga. Another superb two-legged success over Leipzig came next, Rangers beating the team who have just finished fourth in Germany 3-1 at a rocking Ibrox after going down 1-0 in the first leg.
It seems Eintracht have prioritised the Europa League for several weeks now when it became clear a mid-table finish in the Bundesliga was the best they could hope for. Domestically, they ended the campaign without a win in their final eight matches, drawing five of them, to finish 11th in the table and they were held to a 2-2 draw by Mainz at the weekend.
Despite the heartache of surrendering their Scottish Premiership crown to Old Firm rivals Celtic, Rangers come into the final in great form, winning their final three league games. Van Bronckhorst even had the pleasure of making wholesale changes as he rested key players for the final and was able to watch on as a very youthful side beat Hearts 3-1 on Saturday.
Rangers will be without key forward Alfredo Morelos and influential centre-back Filip Helander due to injury but Kemar Roofe is hoping to be fit in time. Joe Aribo and Ryan Jack picked up knocks in the second leg against Leipzig but are expected to be available, while regulars Ryan Kent, James Tavernier, Scott Wright and Borna Barisic should all start.
Frankfurt centre-back Martin Hinteregger has also been ruled out of the final with a hamstring injury and Diant Ramaj, Jesper Lindstrom and Danny da Costa are all expected to be absent.
Tavernier has proved to be a brilliant attacking outlet down the right for Rangers this season and the 30-year-old is 15/4 to net in the final and add to his seven goals in the competition so far this term, which makes him overall top-scorer. Daichi Kamada may be the German side's best bet for a goal on the night at 29/10 as the Japan international has hit five on their run to the final, including one in the semi-final success over West Ham.
Who are you backing?
Europa League Betting Markets
Wondering what betting markets you can use on the Europa League? Why not check out the following:
Winner Bet: In this bet, you can place a bet on who will win the Europa League that season. This can be placed at any time in the season from the first qualifying round to the final. The earlier your bet, the longer the odds. However, you should remember that Champions League teams drop down to the Europa League after the group stage.
Winner Bet: These bets are valued on who will win that match in 90 minutes. There are also bets based on the method of victory, so you can bet on whether a team will win in 90 minutes, extra time or penalties. There are also progression bets, if you think a team will lose or draw a match but still progress in the competition.
If you're feeling really confident, you can place a bet on the correct score where you'll predict exactly how many goals are scored by both teams.
Goals Bet: The main bet when it comes to goals is Both Teams to Score, for which you can find our weekly tips on our BTTS betting tips page. For these bets, you are predicting which teams will score in either a full game or a half. There are also under/over goals bets if you're confident a particular match will have a specific number of goals.
One of the most popular goals related bets come from the goalscorer bet, where bettors predict a specific goalscorer from a game.
Handicap Bet: This is the method of betting on a team to give them a specific handicap. For example, if you take the last all-English Europa League final between Chelsea and Arsenal, Chelsea won 4-1. If you placed a handicap of -2.5 on Chelsea, you would have received massive odds for Chelsea to still win. If you picked 3.5, you would have lost as Chelsea won by 3 goals.
You can select handicaps per half if you're confident a side will dominate the first or second half of a game.
Corners/Cards: If you're into the data side of the beautiful game, you'll know a number of teams base their game around set-pieces and breaking-up play to avoid counter-attacks, these teams are fantastic for corner and card bets, you can bet on the number of corners by each team or a total amount. Meanwhile, for cards, you're able to bet on which players will be booked alongside a total for either the game or for an individual team.
Player Related Bets: Sometimes you'll find betting odds relating to individual players and not just in the methods mentioned above. These include assists, fouls and offsides, you won't be able to find these bets for every game and every player but for specific, important games, you'll likely find these bets.
Europa League Dates:
Qualifying Rounds and Playoffs - August
Group Stage - September - December
Knockout Play-Offs - February
Knockout Round of 16 - March
Europa League Quarter Finals - April
Europa League Semi-Finals - April - May
Europa League Final - May
You will find that the Europa League always corresponds with the Champions League, if you see Champions League football on a Tuesday and Wednesday, you'll always see Europa League football on a Thursday. For which, be sure to check out this page for UEFA Europa League tips for every gameweek.
Europa League FAQs
Q. What is the UEFA Europa Conference League?
The UEFA Europa Conference League is the third instalment of European Football tournaments. In order to evenly spread the money of European Football around more teams, a new competition has been created to rival the Champions and Europa Leagues. It also acts as a second chance for teams in the Europa League if they bow out in the group stages. However, it also acts as a way to reward teams for outstanding seasons, for example, if the idea was created in 2000, Sunderland, Reading and Stoke City would have all had European campaigns as rewards for narrowly missing out on the UEFA Cup/Europa League.
Q. On what channel can I watch the Europa League?
In the UK, you'll be able to view the Europa League on BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2, BT Sport 3 and BT Sport Extra. ESPN and beIN Sports are also popular providers of the Europa League across the world.
Q. Where is this season's Europa League final?
The 2021/22 Europa League final will be played on 18 May 2022 at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán in Seville, Spain.
Q. How many English Teams Qualify for the Europa League?
Typically, two teams from England can qualify for the UEFA Europa League. This may alter from season to season depending on country ranking but currently, 5th placed in the Premier League qualifies for the Europa League alongside the winner of the FA Cup. If the FA Cup winner is a team already placed in positions 1-5 of the Premier League then the team in 6th place is bolstered to a Europa League position instead of the UEFA Europa Conference League.
Q. Who is currently the favourite to win the Europa League?
RB Leipzig are the current favourite to win this seasons Europa League
Q. Which teams have played in the Europa League the most in recent years?
In the last 13 years, Ajax and Red Bull Salzburg have appeared most commonly with ten appearances each. Ajax made the final in 2016/17 while Salzburg made the final the following year.
Q. Which nation has had the highest number of different teams in the Europa League?
England and Germany have had the highest number of different clubs reach the Europa League with 17 teams each. England have had eight 0ne-appearance teams while Germany have had six.
Q. How many clubs have won the Europa League/UEFA Cup in their first participation season?
Since CSKA Moscow won the initial tournament, only Porto (2010/11) and Chelsea (2012/13) have won the competition on their first attempt. However, Chelsea are the only team to have entered the competition twice and won it on both occasions.
Q. Can I use Bet UK's Free Bet Offer on the Europa League?
Yes! If you're looking for free bets for the Europa League, you'll be able to find them at Bet UK. Our offer is accessible by new customers only but is an outstanding offer for football fans, place a bet of £10 with minimum odds of 1.5 as a qualifying bet and you'll receive your £30 in free bets once the bet has ended. So, if you placed a bet £10 bet on your team the Europa League in the Quarter Final, you'd also be able to place a bet on their next three games if they make it through to the final!
Europa League History
Europa League Winners
Most Times Won
*Also includes UEFA Cup
We are guaranteed to have a new name on the trophy this year as none of the remaining teams in the Europa League have ever won the competition.
Last Five Winners
|2020/21||Villarreal||Manchester United||1-1 (11-10p)|
In the last two seasons, fine margins have been the difference between success and failure, Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea's missed penalty proved the difference in 2021 while an own-goal by Romelu Lukaku condemned Inter Milan to defeat the year prior.
Europa League Top Scorers (All-Time + Qualifiers)
| Player | Goals | Apps | Teams | | --- | --- | --- | | Henrik Larsson | 40 | 56 | Feyenoord, Celtic & Helsingborg | | Klaas-Jan Huntelaar | 34 | 54 | Heerenveen, Ajax & Schalke 04 | | Alfredo Morelos | 32 | 51 | HJK & Rangers |