UEFA Europa League is the second most important soccer tournament among European clubs, which is in the shadow of the Champions League. The draw does not cause as much excitement, but is still of interest to many fans, especially those teams for whom the Europa League is the ceiling.
Previously, most of the giants ignored the tournament, not giving it proper importance. The situation has changed since the winner of UEFA Champions League obtained the right to play in the Champions League. The competition increased and strong clubs were no longer eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.
Features of the UEFA Europa League
About 500 matches are played per draw, in which unknown clubs and European giants like Manchester United, Chelsea or Inter can meet.
Hosts win almost half of the matches. The average total of games is just above 2.7, and this trend is stable for several years. Despite the good results, most of the goals fall on the meetings of the favorites and representatives of not the most soccer countries, due to which the total is often less than 2.5. But this applies first and foremost to qualification. In the group stage and in the playoffs, the statistics are evened out.
Traditionally, the Portuguese and Spanish teams show a strong game. The mediocre teams from these countries are not as rich as those from England, which makes it imperative to perform well. In addition to the prize money, clubs will be able to sell more expensive young talent. For them, the Europa League is a marketing tool, an advertising platform.
Often high odds are found in matches, because strong teams underestimate their opponents, save their strength, or do not play their core squad. Sometimes all of these factors occur simultaneously.
Consider the motivation to triumph in the tournament. Yes, once a win begins to give a direct ticket to the Champions League, no one just leaves the draw. However, there are cases when a club still sacrifices the European Cup to achieve other goals.
For example, in the 2020/2021 season, Napoli was leading the Italian league, fighting for the championship with Juventus. The Neapolitans could have really competed with the Turinians, and to increase their chances of success, they decided to merge from the Europa League, losing to Leipzig in the playoffs.
Betting on the winner of the Europa League is recommended after the group stage, as it will become known which clubs from the Champions League will start playing in the tournament. This is a risky type of bet, which is problematic to predict. As a safety net, you can use the advantageous offers of some bookmaker's offices. For example, bet on the exit to the semifinals or finals, or on the country whose representative will win the title.
The Europa League loses to the Champions League in many ways, but in terms of betting, some matches are even better suited for betting. There is less money betting on events, so bookmakers' analytical departments concentrate on the more significant events. It is easier to score an inflated odds, especially in the early stages of qualification.