Betting on the winner of the UEFA Europa League is a no-go zone before the eight UEFA Champions League group refugees enter the secondary tournament but you can get stuck into the sections in which you know the runners and riders.
Wayne Rooney won the UEFA Europa League in his final match as a Manchester United player and he can contribute to his current team, Everton, topping Group E ahead of Lyon, Atalanta and Apollon to reach the next stage in style.
Everton has made a satisfactory start to its English Premier League campaign, beating Stoke at home and drawing away to title favourite Manchester City before losing at defending champion Chelsea. Everton’s squad experienced gains and losses during the close season and, as it stands today, the Toffees are well placed to be the division’s best performed side outside of the big six of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham. Everton has progressed to the UEFA Europa League group stage with easy aggregate victories over Ruzomberok and Hajduk Split.
Lyon has made an unbeaten beginning to its French Ligue 1 program but that is not saying much because the Boys have had a soft schedule in the first four rounds and they are only 2-2-0 anyway. One does not rate the French Ligue 1 quite as highly as the English Premier League and Lyon lost 13 of its 38 divisional games last term, including four of its half a dozen matches against the three higher ranked teams – Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain and Nice.
Atalanta was fourth in last season’s Italian Serie A but its success last term attracted scouts and its roster for this time around is different. Atalanta has lost both of its Italian Serie A games this season and, while highly rated Roma and Napoli were the opponents of the Goddess, there were legitimate causes for concern in those matches.
Apollon scraped past Aberdeen and Midtjylland by narrow margins en route to the UEFA Europa League group stage and those formlines are below the standard necessary to take out Group E in front of Everton, Lyon and Atalanta.
Everton is available at odds of 7/52.40+1401.401.40-0.71 with Paddy Power to win UEFA Europa League Group E and that rates as decent value.
Another UEFA Europa League pool featuring an opposable side from French Ligue 1 is Group L in which Nice, Vitesse and Zulte Waregem are fancied to give away to Lazio.
Nice has won just one of its eight matches across all events this term and that was a 2-0 home victory over French Ligue 1 minnow Guingamp. Nice required the away goals rule to get past Ajax in the UEFA Champions League before the Eaglets had no answer to Napoli, losing 0-4 over two legs.
Vitesse hails from the substandard Dutch Eredivise and Zulte Waregem competes in the even weaker Belgian First Division so Lazio ought to fancy it chance of winning UEFA Europa League Group L. Lazio edged out Juventus in the Italian Supercoppa Italiana and the White and Sky Blues have earned four points from their opening two Italian Serie A games.
Lazio is more than fairly priced at odds of 1/12.00+1001.001.00-1.00 with Bet365 and BetVictor to take out UEFA Europa League Group L.
Hoffenheim traded blows with Liverpool in a cracking UEFA Champions League tie and Hoffe find themselves in the UEFA Europa League after failing to keep up with the Reds.
But UEFA Europa League Group C need not be a disappointment for Hoffenheim, which should be confident of being too good for Istanbul Basaksehir, Braga and Ludogorets.
Hoffenheim’s goal power – it has scored in each of its five competitive matches across all tournaments – should strike fear into the hearts of Istanbul Basaksehir, which lost at home to Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League play-offs, Braga, which lost at home to Porto in its most recent Portuguese Primeira Liga game and Ludogorets, which exited the UEFA Champions League at the hands of Hapoel Beer-Sheva.
At odds of 69/502.38+1381.381.38-0.72 with SkyBet, Hoffenheim is another UEFA Europa League group favourite that is worth supporting.
Everton to win Group E
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Lazio to win Group L
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Hoffenheim to win Group C
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Eric has been a sports journalist for over 20 years and has travelled the world covering top sporting events for a number of publications. He also has a passion for betting and uses his in-depth knowledge of the sports world to pinpoint outstanding odds and value betting opportunities.
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