With the knockout stages upon us, it’s time for more Europa League predictions. Check out what our expert tipsters think about this week’s matches and learn more about evaluating your own Europa League tips and betting predictions.
Europa League Predictions Today
With some interesting matches taking place in this round, there are many enticing Europa League betting tips available. Here are the top picks from our football experts.
How Did we Choose Our Europa League Predictions?
Europa League games are now heading towards the business end of the competition. We have the dropouts from the Champions League now entering, which adds more spice, and it livens up the Europa League betting tips for punters.
Of course, with many of Europe’s top teams in action, knowing which sides will triumph isn’t always easy. So, how do our expert tipsters choose their Europa League predictions?
Betting on pan European club competitions can be tricky because punters are trying to compare the form of clubs across different leagues, which can be misleading.
For instance, you may have a side from the English Premier League against a team from Sweden’s Allsvenskan. Naturally, the EPL is the stronger league, so that side may have struggled domestically but are still regarded as stronger than their Swedish opponents.
With that said, recent form has to be the foundation of both Champions League and Europa League predictions. Check out how the clubs have been performing in their 6 to 8 matches. Also, look at the opposition for those matches. Confidence is a big part of football, so a lower league club on a winning run will believe in themselves.
Europa League Squads
All teams competing in the Europa League (and Champions League) must submit a 25-man squad list to UEFA before the tournament starts. They are allowed up to 3 changes from the end of the group stage and the beginning of the knockout phase.
Some key thinking points are about injured players and the individual form. This can change on a game-by-game basis as the tournament progresses. If a team picks up several injuries to key players, it can severely weaken them, which creates Europa League betting opportunities for the opposing side.
Europa League History
It’s undeniable that certain teams tend to excel in the Europa League, similarly to clubs in the Champions League. For example, Sevilla have won this competition four times in the past 8 years (2014, 2015, 2016, and 2020). A record like this cannot be dismissed.
Therefore, when researching Europa League predictions, we pay attention to clubs that have performed well through the years. The saying ‘Your name’s on the cup’ is a cliche in football, but it sometimes holds true.
Europa League Betting Odds
It’s a bookmaker’s job to provide what it thinks are accurate odds; otherwise, it may go bankrupt. This means that its Europa League betting odds are a respectable guide to how the match might play out, and which team is more likely to win.
We use these odds as a benchmark to then determine betting value. If we find a market with higher odds than we anticipate, it’s worth studying it in more depth. It may be that the bookie has priced it up incorrectly, or perhaps there’s some information they know that affected the odds.
How Do Europa League Predictions Work?
Europa League predictions focus on different betting markets. These can be on a match-by-match basis, round-by-round, or even the outright winner, as explained below:
Individual Europa League Games
After the playoffs in February, there will be 16 teams remaining in the competition, and it’s now a straight knockout format. That means in the round of 16, there are 8 matches. Punters can bet on any individual game; however, you want to consider the variables.
If it’s the 1st leg, maybe the away team will be defensive and simply try to keep a clean sheet. Alternatively, the onus is on the home team to score a few goals to take into the second leg. Understanding these dynamics, which are different from regular league football, can help your Europa League betting tips.
Team to Progress
Europa League knockout games are played over two legs (home and away). More often than not, the stronger teams prevail over 180 minutes of football. Of course, you can get a freak result in one leg, which makes match betting more difficult. While the betting odds are less favourable at times, this is a good betting strategy if you want to protect your bankroll by limiting the risk.
As we touched upon above, some teams are Europa League specialists, so you might fancy them to win the whole thing. This is where betting on the outright winner comes into play. The further away from the final, the better the odds are usually, so punters can find plenty of value. It’s a good way of betting, but you will not get a payout until after the final In May, which is a long time to wait for some bettors.
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Which Teams Qualified for the Europa League?
The round of 16 commences in March 2022. At the time of writing, there are 8 confirmed (seeded) teams. They are:
- Crvena Zvezda (SRB)
- Eintracht Frankfurt (GER)
- Galatasaray (TUR)
- Leverkusen (GER)
- Lyon (FRA)
- Monaco (FRA)
- Spartak Moskva (RUS)
- West Ham (ENG)
These 8 seeded sides will play the winners of the playoffs, which involve runners-up from the group stage and the clubs that dropped out of the Champions League.
When Is the Europa League Final?
The 2022 Europa League final is on the 18th of May 2022, and it will be held at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium in Seville, Spain. There will be betting opportunities up to – and including – the final, so start researching your predictions now.
Where to Watch Europa League Matches?
SuperSport is the licensed broadcaster for the Europa League in Sub-Saharan African countries, including Kenya. However, several online betting sites, such as Betway, provide high-quality live streaming services.
The advantage of watching the match with Betway (or another betting company) is that you can place live bets from the same platform. If you sense a team is going to score, you can get some money on the game within seconds.