Live Europa League 2020/2021 Betting Futures – Including outright winner odds, and odds for group winners, groups A to L.
What is the Europa League?
The UEFA Europa League is the second-tier competition of European club football, under the Champions League. The Europa League was previously known as the UEFA Cup, with the change in name and format coming in the 2009-10 season.
The UEFA Cup was considered to be a third-tier competition, below the Cup Winners’ Cup, until the latter was abolished in 1999 and merged with the UEFA Cup Prior to the formation of the UEFA Cup in 1971, it was preceded by the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, which was played between 1955 and 1971.
Next Europa League 2020/21 Fixtures
18 February: Round of 32, first leg
25 February: Round of 32, second leg
26 February: Round of 16 draw, Nyon
11 March: Round of 16, first leg
18 March: Round of 16, second leg
19 March: Quarter-final and semi-final draws, Nyon
8 April: Quarter-finals, first leg
15 April: Quarter-finals, second leg
29 April: Semi-finals, first leg
6 May: Semi-finals, second leg
26 May: Final – Gdańsk Stadium, Gdańsk
All dates are provisional and subject to change by UEFA.
Europa League Winner Odds
Europa League Leading Contenders
As with the Champions League, the leading contenders generally come from the established powerhouse soccer leagues of Spain’s La Liga, the English Premier League, the German Bundesliga and Serie A of Italy.
However, unlike the Champions League, where the same six or seven clubs tend to dominate, there is a greater variety of teams challenge for the trophy.
The competition has been made more attractive in recent years, with Champions League qualification for the team that wins the Europa League providing a huge incentive.
Europa League Betting Strategies
With regards to the outright winner betting on the Europa League odds, there is really little sense in placing any bets before the tournament reaches the knockout phase, at which point the 24 qualifiers from the Europa League group stage are joined by eight third-placed teams from Champions’ League group stage.
On an individual game basis, it’s always worth looking at the state of play in terms of qualification at the group stage, as some coaches will field weakened teams once qualification is either already assured or once it becomes impossible to achieve.
As always, team news with regards to injuries and suspensions to key players should always be taken into account.
Another factor to consider is that some of the smaller clubs who make an impression and progress from the Group stage can also see their best players transferred to bigger clubs in the January transfer window.