With the 2021/22 football season in full swing, now is the perfect time to explore the Europa League final betting odds and see where the best options lie. Leicester City and Napoli are the favourites at 15.00 to lift the cup, while the likes of West Ham (17.00), Lazio (21.00) and Bayer Leverkusen (21.00) are in close proximity.
The Europa League is one of those weird competitions where the whole landscape changes six months down the line – the teams that finish third in their Champions League groups are added to the Europa League draw.
And so by the time that the round of 16 comes around, the Europa League winner betting odds could look completely different with teams like RB Leipzig, Porto and Sporting Lisbon – all who could finish third in their Champions League group at first glance – all capable of winning this second-tier competition.
So it pays to be agile in your betting, although that’s not say that there isn’t value at this stage of proceedings. With that in mind, let’s take a run through our Europa League final preview and see if we can identify the two teams that will meet there.
The format of the Europa League dictates that winning your group really is a huge advantage.
Why? Because you go straight through to the last 16, whereas those that finish second move into the round of 32 – they therefore have to play two more games.
And so our strategy for making our Europa League final predictions is to therefore identify those teams we believe will win their respective groups, thus giving themselves and edge in the knockout phase of the competition.
We’ll have more on that in the next section, but there’s a second point of interest that goes into making our Europa League final 2022 predictions: motivation.
The truth is that for some teams, the Europa League is a bit of a distraction – they would rather devote their time and effort into challenging for a league title or domestic honours. Napoli is the perfect case in point, because they know that Juventus and Inter Milan are a shadow of the teams they used to be. So, Napoli have a chance of winning Serie A, and qualifying for next season’s Champions League through their domestic form seems a formality.
So, will they choose to rest players in this competition, and field reserves and youth teamers instead? There does seem to be a good chance of that, and that’s why the Europa League final odds aren’t quite accurate.
But it helps us to narrow our Europa League winner predictions down to those who a) we expect to win their group, and b) who are motivated to win the Europa League.
2. 2021/ 2022 Europa League Winner Predictions
Using the above as our guide, we can leap into our predictions by actually naming one of the Europa League favourites 2022 as a team to watch – Leicester City.
Their chances of finishing inside the top four of the Premier League this season are slim – this will be one of the highest quality editions of that competition in quite some time. As such, winning the Europa League might just be their best chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League. They have a good squad and can benefit from Napoli, also in Group C, having their focus elsewhere.
Joining Leicester in our 2022 Europa League betting predictions for teams that are motivated to win this competition, and are likely to win their group, are Lyon (they face Rangers, Sparta Prague and Brondby) and Bayer Leverkusen (Celtic, Real Betis and Ferencvaros).
Lyon had a golden chance to win Ligue 1 last season with PSG in the doldrums, but they couldn’t take the chance, and now that PSG have signed Lionel Messi – and other French teams have strengthened, Lyon’s chances of silverware on home soil look diminished. And so they appeal more in the Europa League finalists odds as a result.
The task is even tougher now only the group winner gets to qualify directly. The runner-up will have to play a preliminary knockout stage play-off in February, so it’s important we start better than we have in Ligue 1. - Juninho Pernambucano, Lyon sporting director, UEFA official website
Bayer Leverkusen, meanwhile, know that they aren’t going to win the German Bundesliga, and even finishing fourth behind Dortmund and RB Leipzig would be something of an achievement. And so our Europa League winner predictions 2022 are that they will give this competition their full attention – that should see them go far.
The final of the Europa League will take place on May 22 in Seville, and you could be there….sort of. The Europa league final live stream will be available on your TV, though you will need to check local listings to see which broadcaster has the coverage (in the UK it’s BT Sport etc).
For an alternative way of live streaming of 2022 Europa League final, be sure to check out the betting sites of bet365, Unibet, 1XBET and co. They have the rights to show football from all over the globe on their live feed.
5. 2022 Europa League FAQ
5.1 ⚽Where can I bet on the Europa League?
All of the leading bookmakers carry Europa League final betting odds 2022, so you can choose your favourite brand to bet with.
5.2 ❓Are there any Europa League offers?
When Europa League betting offers become available, you can rest assured that you will find the best of them on this very website.
5.3 🏆 Who are the favourites to win the Europa League?
At this early stage, Leicester City, Napoli and West Ham are the favourites in the Europa League final betting odds, however that could all change based on their performances.