It may not be the premier continental competition, but there are still plenty of teams gunning for glory in the Europa League betting odds, with Napoli and Leicester being first in line at 15.00, and each has their own motivations for success.
For example, Leicester City know that winning the Europa League might be their best option for qualifying for next season’s Champions League, such is the competitiveness of the Premier League this term.
For sides like Napoli (15.00), West Ham (17.00) and Bayer Leverkusen (21.00), winning the Europa League would be a tremendous achievement – a rare slice of major silverware in what has been something of a drought period for each.
There is a rather large elephant in the room when it comes to Europa League betting – the fact that some teams, i.e. those that finish third in their group, are knocked out of the Champions League but placed into the knockout round draw of the Europa League. At first glance, that could include RB Leipzig, Porto, Sporting Lisbon and defending champions Villarreal. Each of those would be considered amongst the favourites to lift this trophy.
But even so, we can access some early value by jumping on the Europa League winner odds, so where is the smart money going?
The draw for the group stage has now been made, and as ever the four teams in each play each other in a round robin format – the group winner goes through to the last 16, while the runner-up has to play an extra game in the round of 32.
So we can start to bet on the Europa League with more confidence by looking at each group in turn. In Group A, Lyon will be expected to prevail over Scottish champions Rangers, Sparta Prague and Brondby.
There’s a case to be made for all of the teams in Group B, with Real Sociedad impressing in the Spanish La Liga last term, while Monaco are starting to recover after selling a number of key players after winning the Ligue 1 title. PSV are as strong as ever, while Sturm Graz are capable of an upset.
Group C is an interesting one, because it contains both of the Europa League favourites 2022 in Leicester and Napoli. Both will be expected to qualify ahead of Legia Warsaw and Spartak Moscow.
Take your pick in Group D – Frankfurt, Fenerbahce, Olympiakos and Antwerp can be considered nothing more than outsiders in the Europa League odds, while in Group E Lazio will be hoping to get the better of Marseille, Galatasaray and Lokomotiv Moscow.
Red Star Belgrade and FC Midtjylland are the standout teams in Group F, while Bayer Leverkusen and a revitalised Celtic might just be the ones to watch in Group G. Last but not least, West Ham will savour their return to European football in Group H, where Dinamo Zagreb, Genk and Rapid Vienna await.
However, for now, let’s get back to the analysis of Europa League tips. Let’s consider the difference between Leicester and Napoli, for example. For Leicester, the Europa League is their main competition this season – they know that a top four finish in the Premier League is probably going to be off limits. But with both Juventus and Inter Milan struggling, Napoli might just fancy their chances of winning Serie A – hence, the Europa League slips down their list of priorities.
This has to be the mindset when studying the odds to win Europa League 2022 – finding those teams that will be dedicating their best resources to winning this competition.
So Leicester are an excellent option, although their Europa League final 2022 betting odds look plenty short at 15.00.
More of interest are Bayer Leverkusen, who have started the German Bundesliga season like a train. They know that they are likely to finish behind Bayern, Dortmund and RB Leipzig, however, and so the Europa League could be their safest route into next season’s Champions League. At 21.00, they lead the way in our Europa League betting tips.
Others that are likely to be free of domestic distractions are Lazio (21.00) and Lyon (21.00), neither of whom are likely to be challenging for their domestic titles.
There tends to be outliers each season in the Europa League, so you could try your luck by backing a few huge outsiders. Dinamo Zagreb (101.00) beat Tottenham in last year’s edition, and their run to the quarter-finals was only halted by eventual champions Villarreal. And then you have the likes of Red Star Belgrade (67.00), which is an away trip that no team enjoys making.
4. Europa League Live Stream
The best way to enjoy watching the Europa League favourites 2021/22 is with a dedicated live stream.
You’ll have to dig deep to find the action on your TV, however, and in the UK the broadcaster BT Sport only shows some games – an example of how difficult it can be to watch your team in this competition.
However, betting sites like bet365 and Unibet may be able to help – their live streaming channels are outstanding, with new competitions added to their schedule all the time. You can make use of our Europa League betting odds, place a bet and watch the game in one place – that’s a pretty convenient option.