EUROPA LEAGUE BETTING TIPS AND PREDICTIONS
Europa League 2016/17 Last 32
|16/02||CELTA VIGO||2||SHAKHTAR DONETSK|
|16/02||FK ROSTOV||2||SPARTA PRAGUE|
|16/02||H. BEER SHEVA||1||BESIKTAS|
|16/02||MANCHESTER UNITED||1||ST ETIENNE|
Why not 3 out of 4 for Sevilla? Sevilla qualify for the Champions League following their victory in the Europa League last season, Sevilla could very well finish third in their group and drop down to their favorite competition to win 3 from 4! But this year, for all the clubs that will switch from the Champions League to the Europa League, a beast will be present from the start of the competition:Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United. And it is likely that they will chase the new European trophy!
The teams to follow
Manchester United are obviously a huge dominating presence in the Europa League. In previous years, it was possible to believe that there would be little involvement of the major European teams as they would all be playing in theChampions League, but the arrival of Jose Mourinho to Man United could change that. The table will appear much less favourable than it has in previous years! At the launch of the competition, there was no sign of Sevilla, Napoli, Tottenham, Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool and Benfica, but they are here now and regularly make it to the final days of competitions and so we can expect nothing less with this competition. The preliminary rounds are already underway, it is already unfortunate that West Ham’s Dimitri Payet could see the same fate as the previous season, being eliminated by Romanians Astra Ploiesti. The presence of Russian clubs like Zenit St. Petersburg, winners in 2008 and Krasnodar could also be a problem for many European clubs, including German clubs like Schalke and Hertha Berlin, or Italian clubs such as Inter Milan or Fiorentina, who have the tendency to neglect the Europa League. That said, it will be interesting! Finally, neglecting the presence of Spanish clubs in Bilbao and Celta Vigo and Portugal's SC Braga would obviously be a huge mistake, as their success in the Europa League in recent years is impressive as well as the Portuguese clubs in the Europa League!
How can we ignore the superiority of Spanish clubs, with less and less Portuguese, and English clubs in this competition? During the last 7 competitions, one team among the winners and finalists that does not belong to any of these 3 nations is Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, Ukrainian club. They were finalist in 2015 and beaten by Sevilla, the 3 time winner of the Europa League title. With the presence of clubs like Braga, a finalist in 2011, possibly Porto, winner in 2011 and, Benfica who was a finalist in 2013 and 2014, as well as teams like Manchester United, Southampton, West Ham and Bilbao, Celta Vigo and Sevilla it’s very hard to see the winner come from one of these top 3 nations? For Germany, the last finalist was in 2009. A Russian club, Zenit have already wrote their name into the history books by winning the competition in 2008. For a French club who haven’t been to a final since that loss in 2004. One thing is sure predicting the winner of Europa League matches is a near impossible, and depends on the ambitions of each team and their willingness to participate 100% in the competition, as these thing differ from one club to another, particularly among supposed favourites!