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Europe’s secondary club competition that runs alongside the Champions League and even offers teams who have dropped out of that competition a chance for some silverware. However as of last season, the winner of the Europa League now gets a spot in the following season's Champions League. With a greater incentive than ever in winning the Europa League, expect an even greater level of interest and an even more competitive nature between sides.

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2020/21 Europa League

The draw for the 2020/21 Europa League has been made. There are 12 groups, each with four teams with the top two qualifying for the knock-out stages. The eight clubs finishing third in their Champions League groups move into the Europa League. Last season, Inter Milan was one of those teams and made it all the way through to the final of the Europa League. 

There are three English clubs in the group stages. Tottenham had to play three qualifying rounds to reach the group stages, Arsenal and Leicester City automatically went through to them. Celtic were knocked out of the Champions League but have made it to the Europa League groups and are joined by Rangers. Irish club Dundalk are also through to this stage.

Arsenal look to have a straightforward task with Rapid Vienna, Molde and Dundalk being their opponents. Leicester City will be confident of qualifying for the last 32, while Tottenham are up against Ludogorets, LASK (who lost in the last sixteen to Manchester United last season) and Royal Antwerp. Jose Mourinho's side should progress. As for the Scottish sides, Celtic have a tough draw with AC Milan, Sparta Prague and Lille. Rangers don't have a good draw either with Benfica and Standard Liege likely to provide tough opposition.

Here's the 12 groups tables after the first three matches

Group A – Roma 7 Young Boys 4, Cluj 4, CSKA Sofia 1

Group B – Arsenal 9, Molde 6, Rapid Vienna 3, Dundalk 0

Group C – Slavia Prague 6, Bayer Leverkusen 6, Nice 3, Hapoel Be'er-Shiva 3

Group D – Rangers 7,  Benfic 7, LLech Poznan 3, Standard Liege 1

Group E – Granada 7, PAOK Salonika 5, PSV Eindhoven 3, Omonoia 1

Group F – AZ 6, Napoli 6, Real Sociedad 6, Rijeka 0

Group G – Leicester City 9, Braga 6, AEK Athens 3, Zorya Luhansk 0

Group H – Lille 7 Milan 6, Sparta Prague 3, Celtic 1

Group I -  Villarreal 9, Maacabi Tel Aviv 6, Sivasspor 3, Qarabag 1

Group J - Tottenham 6, Antwerp 6, LASK 6, Ludogorets, LASK 0

Group K – Dinamo Zagreb 5, Wolfsberger 4, Feyenoord 4, CSKA Moscow 2

Group L – Hoffenheim 9, Red Star Belgrade 6, Slovan Liberic 6, Gent 0

Important Dates

The group stages run from 22 October to 10 December.

Last 32 - 18 and 25 February

Last 16 - 11 and 18 March

Quarter Finals - 8 and 15 April

Semi-Finals - 29 April and 6 May

Final - 26 May in Gdansk

19-20 Europa League

 

2019/20 Europa League - Sevilla Win Again!

Due to the ongoing health crisis, the Europa League was suspended in March with the last sixteen round still to be completed. We had to wait until August for those ties to be completed. Two last sixteen ties and the quarter finals onwards were played as one leg matches in Germany.

 

Final - August 21

Sevilla 3 Inter Milan 2

 

Semi-Finals 

Sevilla 2 Manchester United 1

Inter 5 Shakhtar Donetsk 0

 

Quarter Finals 

Manchester United 1 Copenhagen 0 after extra time

Inter Milan 2 Bayer Leverkusen 1

Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 Sevilla 1

Shakhtar Donetsk 4 Basel 1

  

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What are the best free Europa League bets for me?

With the complex nature of qualification for the tournament and of course the Champions League teams parachuting into the knockout stages then backing teams from the outset of the competition can be a more dangerous prospect betting for free on the Europa League than in many other competitions.

Having said that, it does mean that the odds in the winners market are far longer than they would often be otherwise at the start of the tournament. If you can pick a team that is going straight into the Europa League with the potential to win it, ousting their Champions League rivals then there can be some very good odds.

When the group stage gets going in October then the qualification market is a popular one and can be very profitable if you can eye one of the surprise packages of the competition. A feature of the Europa League is that some of the bigger more reputable sides perhaps do not take it as seriously as some of their lesser competitors and if you can highlight one of these less motivated teams then backing their smaller opponents can be useful.

One market in which the teams heading into the contest from the start have is in the top goalscorer charts. Those teams playing in the group stage and with the capability of reaching the quarter-finals or beyond are more than likely to produce the top goalscorer in the competition which is always a popular market in any cup competition.

As it doesn’t quite draw the audience that the Champions League does, markets for the Europa League aren’t quite as extensive, even though it provides yet more chances to watch Europe's most popular sport.

Odds are available on every game throughout the tournament with the usual markets like correct score, first goalscorer, match result and which team will qualify for the next round (in the group and knockout stages).

Just like Champions League betting, the rise in popularity of the accumulator - betting on the outcome of more than one game - has meant more and more punters are using their Europa League Free Bets on multiple match results. Due to its popularity some bookmakers now offer the chance to cash out an accumulator if all but one of the results are coming in or offer money back if one game lets you down.

Other markets available to use your free Europa League bet on include:

  • Overall winner
  • Team to reach the final
  • To win the individual groups
  • To score the most goals

How to use your Europa League free bet...

Markets on the Europa League are available to bet on pretty much from the end of the football season across Europe but as mentioned it can be a little unwise to empty your wallet on a team at this stage. The odds are larger but with so much to change between then and the knockout stages it is worth being a patient before unleashing a free bet. 

Once you have made your mind up on what market you most fancy and with which bookmaker then click on the bookmaker link on the right of this screen which will take you through to their homepage. Once there, follow the simple steps to register an account with them and then you are good to go in terms of using your free Europa League bet

Find the football market which will generally be near the top of the sportsbook and head to Europa League Betting which will be in the football tree. Click on the odds you want to back which will add the selection to your betting slip and then you can cash in your free bet. It may sound like there is a lot to it but it could not be easier and in no time at all you will be counting your winnings.

The Europa League is a modern adaptation of the old UEFA Cup, which used to be a straight knockout competition for teams that didn’t quite qualify for the Champions League. There was also a competition for domestic cup winners called the Cup Winners Cup but that was scrapped in the late 1990s and now winners of cup competitions are entered into the Europa League.

In 2009 the mini tournament the Intertoto Cup was merged into the Europa League and it was also decided that teams who went out in the group stage of the Champions League would get a second bite at some silverware by being allowed to enter the latter stages of the Europa League. 

Like the Champions League, the Europa League has a group stage where the winners and runners up qualify for a later knockout stage, culminating in a final in May. Initial qualifying starts in early July meaning it has the potential of being a full nine month cup campaign for the plucky underdogs coming in at the very first stage. Having a bet for free on the Europa League in the early stage can throw up some big and tempting odds.

The group stage consists of 12 groups of four teams who all play each other twice and the two top teams from each group move into the round of 32. The observant amongst you will have noticed that 12x4 does not equal 32 and that is because these 24 teams are joined in the first knockout stage by the eight teams who came third in their Champions League group phase. It is often these teams that become favourites for the tournament when they join from Europe’s premier competition with just the knockout phase to go.

Who has previously won?

Traditionally teams who weren’t quite good enough to win Europe’s big brother competition - AKA The Champions League - or bigger teams who had fallen on hard times have entered and won the Europa League.

The last few years of the Europa League have seen a mixed bag of winners but it has been Spanish teams that have been most successful since the turn of the millennium, making them a popular choice for a free Europa League bet. The most successful club in the competition's history are Sevilla with six titles. Juventus, Inter Milan and Liverpool have all won it three times. Sevilla are in the Champions League this season, however if finishing third in their group, they will end up back in the Europa League looking for a seventh title.

Manchester United won the 2017 edition as they defeated Dutch giants Ajax 2-0 in the final in Stockholm. It was United's first ever success in the competition and puts them in with a select group of European sides to have ever won the three main UEFA competitions, the Champions League, the now defunct Cup Winners' Cup as well as this tournament. Prior to the Manchester club's success, Sevilla had won the competition three times on the bounce and as earlier mentioned, the Spanish sides have generally enjoyed a fair bit of success in recent years. Since the 2003/04 season, the competition has been won by a side from Spain on 12  occasions making the nation the most successful producer of Europa League/UEFA Cup winning sides. Next highest are England and Italy, both with nine victories.

Some familiar names make the top scorer lists in the Europa League/UEFA Cup including former Manchester United and Chelsea striker Radamel Falcao who scored a mightily impressive 31 goals in 33 games in the competition for Porto and Atletico Madrid. Former Celtic star Henrik Larsson is the highest scorer ever in the competition with 40 goals in 56 games while the best goals-to-game record goes to German striker and former Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes who notched 23 goals in 21 games in the late 1960s.

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