|Creation date||1971 (rebranded in 2009)|
|Number of teams||48 teams (groups stage)|
|Related competition||UEFA Champions League|
|Qualify for||UEFA Super Cup Champions League|
|Last year winner||Manchester United|
|Top winning club||Sevilla (5 titles)|
What you need to know about the Europa League
The Europa League the second most important European football competition, after the Champions League. It brings together some of the best teams in Europe, qualified based on their national ranking or their success in the national cups. In the last years, an increasing number of famous clubs have been doing well in this competition, helping to increase its visibility and prestige.
Key Europa League betting tips
Expect spectacular games
The Europa league has become increasingly spectacular over time. You can now expect in average 2.77 goals per game in the group stage and around 2.75 goals in the final phase. That’s an average of 2.76 goals per game which is an important stat to keep in mind when placing your bets.
Don’t dismiss betting on the draw
Despite loads of goals scored in most of the matches, the Europa League still counts a surprising number of games ending in a draw. Last year, close to 25% of the games ended up in a parity score. With this type of bet usually offered at odds of around 3.00 to 3.40, we recommend you consider betting on the draw often during the season. Especially when both teams look similar on paper.
Bet well on the Europa League
Consider placing +2.5 goals bets
One very positive impact of the large amount of goals usually seen in Europa League games is the opportunity for very rewarding bets like +2.5 goals difference ones. In the last few years for instance, 48% of the encounters ended up with at least 2.5 goals in the game, and 29% with more than 3. So even if not every single of your +2.5 goals bets will end up winning, on the long run you’re more than likely to end up in the green.
Not all visiting teams are at a disadvantage
Looking at the last few years, it is clear that playing away in a Europa League game is not necessarily a disadvantage for the team playing away. Indeed, in around 65% of the group stage matches the visiting teams managed to score at least one goal. This ratio even reached 75% of the games in the final stage. A very important stat you should take into account when placing bets during the knockout stage.
Concentrate on the 60’
The Europa League is unique when it comes to when most goals are being scored. Most competitions and even league games usually see a surge in goals in the last 15 minutes. In the Europa League, on the contrary, it’s between the 60’ and 75’ that the goals get mostly scored. Looking at the last few years, close to 25% of the goals have been scored during this period. So do not underestimate this market, especially since it is often offered at odds around 2.00.
Good long term bets opportunities
For those of you who like more long term bets, know that each year several players manage to pass the bar of 5 goals in Europa League. In 2016, 7 players even managed to reach this level. In addition, in the last few years, more than 40% of the winners were teams coming from the group stage of the Champions League. Finally, analysis shows that around 40% of the teams that received the return game in the last few years qualified for the next round.
How to place a winning bet on the Europa League
Make sure you combine these Europa League betting tips with a regular review of the sports news, to remain on top of each teams’ form and to catch any important injuries.
Remember also, that placing a bet is much more than just choosing the Europa League champion nowadays. Indeed, many other betting options are available to you to bet on this event. From groups and games winners, to correct scores, amount of corners or even amount of cards, you can choose the type of bet that suits you most.
Finally, once you feel confident and ready to place your bet, make sure you take advantage of all offers available to you. Indeed, there are tons of free sign up offers, welcome rewards or even matched deposits that you can use. Make sure you take advantage of these to maximise your profits. There is no better bet than a winning bet you made for free.