Here, we take a very quick look at the few teams who have been earmarked as favourities to win this season’s Europa League tournament and what makes them favourites to do so – from their transfer business conducted so far this summer and their European performance last season…
Europa League Winners Odds
Europa League Winners Odds
Arsenal Odds: 8/1
Arsenal did not play any European football last season due to their eighth-place league finish in 2020-21, which meant that the Gunners failed to secure a European football spot for the 2021-22 season. After a year’s absence, Mikel Arteta will be looking to lead Arsenal right to the final of this year’s competition and add to the European section of the club’s trophy cabinet.
Arteta has strengthened his side this summer by bringing in striker Gabriel Jesus from Man City and highly-rated midfielder Fabio Vieira from Porto for a combined £80m, and more incomings are expected soon, with the Gunners reportedly in talks with a host of players. The signings of Jesus and Vieira bring quality and depth to two problem areas, with the lack of quality in these areas seriously hindering the Gunners last season.
Arsenal have played in this competition four times over the past few years, managing to make it quite far in the competition every time but never managing to win it. The Gunners have reached the final and two semi-finals in three of their four tries, but with the additions to their squad and more expected – surely it will be enough to get them over the line and win this competition this year.
Manchester United Odds: 7/1
Manchester United played in the Champions League last season but did not give a good account of themselves, ultimately being knocked out in the round of 16. The last time that United were in this competition they did manage to make it all the way to the final, but suffered defeat against Villarreal in a penalty shootout.
New manager Erik ten Hag has only brought in full-back Tyrell Malacia from Feyenoord for £15m so far. But United are reportedly in talks with a host of players including Frenkie de Jong and Lisandro Martinez, and if they can get these deals over the line then their squad would look a lot better than it currently does. Despite still needing reinforcements in other areas as well, the signings of players like de Jong and Martinez would put United in a good position to make it all the way to another final in this competition.
The Red Devils have made it to at least the round-of-16 in each of the previous five times they have been in this competition, reaching the final twice (winning one) and making the semi-finals once – they always go far in this tournament and should not be written off as potential winners for the upcoming season.
AS Roma Odds: 10/1
Roma made the final of UEFA’s new third-tier competition (the Europa Conference League) last season and they faced off against Feyenoord in the final, where a Nicolo Zaniolo goal helped the Giallorossi to their first trophy since 2008. Their reward for doing so was a place in this season’s Europa League.
Roma have been active in the transfer market this summer, with the free transfers of midfielder Nemanja Matic and young goalkeeper Mile Svilar from Manchester United and Benfica respectively showing that the Italian side are looking to improve on their achievements last season by strengthening their side. Jose Mourinho’s side have also splashed around £6m on full-back Zeki Celik from French side Lille - squad depth and quality in all areas of the pitch will be important in winning this competition, and the signing of these three players show that Roma know what they have to do.
Although on paper they have a weaker squad than some other teams, this is a Roma side that have recent experience in winning a European knockout tournament and know what it takes to go all the way, and having serial winner Jose Mourinho at the helm will certainly help their efforts.
Serie A outfit Lazio will be looking to cause a stir in the UEFA Europa League under the stewardship of Maurizio Sarri who famously lifted this competition with Chelsea back in 2018/19.
The Stadio Olimpico club last won a European trophy in 1999, when they won the UEFA Cup Winners Cup and UEFA Super Cup and last won a trophy as recently as the 2018/19 season.
With the likes of Ciro Immobile, Luis Alberto, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Alessio Romagnoli on their books, they will be hoping to go far into the competition, is it will provide them with a chance to qualify for the Champions League in an alternative fashion should they feel to do it by the league route once again.
On top of signing Romagnoli from AC Milan on a free transfer, they have also invested in talented youngsters such as Portuguese goalkeeper Luis Maximiano and Marcos Antonio from Granada and Shakhtar Donetsk.
Feyenoord Odds: 20/1
Another outsider to win this competition is the side who faced Roma in last season’s inaugural UEFA Europa Conference League final last season - Dutch side Feyenoord, who qualified for this competition through their domestic performance. Feyenoord shocked many by managing to even reach the final last season, but they do have some talented players in their squad which means that they are able to cause some upsets.
The Dutch club have been very active in this summer’s transfer market, so far bringing in four players. Striker Danilo Pereira joined from Ajax on a free and midfielder Mats Wieffer was signed for around £500k from fellow Dutch side Excelsior. The club have also signed two wingers, with Javairo Dilrosun and Mohamed Taabouni signing from Hertha Berlin and Alkmaar respectively. These transfers should go some way in making up for the player losses that Feyenoord have already incurred with the sales of star players such as Luis Sinisterra and Bryan Linssen.
Although they may not be the top favourites to win this competition, they should not be totally written off. They still do have some good players in their squad and if they can get all these players at the top of their game on a matchday, then they can certainly spring some surprises, especially on other sides who may be considered favourites such as Arsenal or Manchester United, who are both capable of suffering shock defeats.
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