Guide to the favourites in the Europa League winner odds
There have been some fantastic ties in the knockout stages so far and with just eight clubs left in the hunt for the cup, we take a look at the latest Europa League winner odds.
Villarreal lifted the trophy last season, defeating Manchester United on penalties in the final, but the Spanish club will not be defending their crown after making it to the knockout stage in the Champions League.
Sevilla are the most successful team in the history of the competition but were eliminated by West Ham in the last 16, denying them the chance to lift the cup at their home stadium in May.
However, Sevilla’s La Liga rivals Barcelona are still in the mix and it is the Nou Camp men where we begin our look at the contenders for the top prize.
A humiliating Champions League campaign sees Barcelona in European football’s second-tier club competition for the first time since the 2000/01 season – when it was known as the UEFA Cup.
However, Barca are now the 6/4 favourites in the Europa League winner odds following their victories in the knockout stages over both Napoli and Galatasaray.
Having been held to a 0-0 draw at the Nou Camp by their Turkish opponents in the first leg of their last-16 clash, Xavi’s troops conceded early in Istanbul before turning on the style to win 2-1 thanks to a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang winner early in the second 45.
The former Arsenal man has been in fine form since his arrival in Catalonia and he could be the key as they face Frankfurt for a place in the last four.
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Red Bull Leipzig
Another to depart the Champions League at the group stage, the Bundesliga side are 7/2 second favourites in our Europa League winner odds, and advanced straight to the quarter-finals with a bye thanks to UEFA’s decision to ban last-16 opponents Spartak Moscow from continuing in the competition.
Currently fourth in the Bundesliga, Leipzig overcame a tough assignment with flying colours in the play-off round, beating Real Sociedad over two entertaining legs, and they look ready to make their mark in European competition.
One of Europe’s most entertaining sides, Atalanta’s six matches in the Champions League group stage saw 25 goals scored.
Gian Piero Gasperini’s men drew 2-2 and lost 3-2 to both Villarreal and Manchester United in the four games they shared, as well as drawing 3-3 with Young Boys, and it was only enough to finish third in the group.
Atalanta’s rise in recent years has caught the imagination of many neutrals and a trophy is the next step, and they are capable in this competition.
The Bergamo club were at their entertaining best against Greek champions Olympiakos in the play-off round, while they overcame Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 on aggregate in the last 16, showing plenty of quality and discipline away from home in the second leg to keep a clean sheet.
They are 11/2 to go all the way and have more German opposition in the last eight when they face second favourites RB Leipzig.
Manager David Moyes said at the beginning of the competition that West Ham are in the Europa League to win it and deliver the club’s first European trophy since 1965.
The Hammers’ first proper European campaign since 2006, excluding qualifying rounds, has so far been impressive, with Moyes’ men topping their group with the minimum of fuss and therefore effectively earning a bye into the second knockout round.
West Ham have knocked out both Manchester clubs in cup competitions this season and beaten both Chelsea and Liverpool in the Premier League, so no-one in this competition should hold any fears for them and they are 6/1 in the Europa League outright betting.
They can now call themselves legitimate Europa League contenders having seen off six-time champions Sevilla in the last 16 and with Lyon up next, this may be the Hammers’ best route into the Champions League having dropped out of contention for a Premier League top-four spot in recent weeks.
Best of the rest
Lyon (11/1) are languishing in mid-table in Ligue 1 this term but have to be respected having disposed of Portuguese league leaders Porto in the last 16. They are West Ham’s opponents in the next round and will be looking to upset the odds once again.
Similar sentiments apply for Frankfurt (20/1), who have struggled to land a blow in the Bundesliga this term, but they have had the worst of the quarter-finals draw, handed two legs with Barcelona in the last eight.
Having disposed of Borussia Dortmund with an entertaining 6-4 aggregate win in the play-off round, Rangers (16/1) continued their European adventure with a 4-2 success over the course of two legs against Red Star Belgrade in the last 16.
The draw has been kind for the Glasgow giants once again and they will fancy their chances of making the last four having pulled tournament outsiders Braga (28/1) out of the hat.
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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication