The 2019-20 Europa League season goes on Wednesday, August 5, with the Round of 16. We’ll see six second legs and a couple of single-leg fixtures at neutral sites, as Inter meets Getafe in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, while Sevilla and AS Roma will face off in Duisburg, Germany.
All quarterfinals, semis, and the final clash will be played as single-leg fixtures at neutral sites in Germany starting from Monday, August 10. The 2019-20 Europa League Final will take place at RheinEnergie Stadion in Cologne on Friday, August 21.
The online betting sites have announced the odds, and the bettors still have enough time to do their homework properly and make the right moves. Hereof, I bring you the latest Europa League winner odds update along with my pick of who will win the Europa League in 2020.
Keep in mind that the winner of the 2019-20 Europa League will qualify for the 2020-21 Champions League, and that’s the prize most of the remaining teams will love to earn.
Europa League Round of 16 Matchups
Wednesday, August 5
- Istanbul Basaksehir at FC Copenhagen (Istanbul won the first leg 1-0)
- Wolfsburg at Shakhtar (1-2)
- LASK at Manchester Unites (0-5)
- Inter vs. Getafe
Thursday, August 6
- Rangers at Bayer Leverkusen (1-3)
- Eintracht Frankfurt at Basel (0-3)
- Olympiakos at Wolves (1-1)
- Sevilla vs. AS Roma
2019-20 UEFA Europa League Winner Odds
First, forget about LASK Linz, as the Austrian side will not overcome a five-goal deficit from the first leg at home. Rangers and Eintracht Frankfurt are in dire straits, too, but they still have a slight chance in the second leg, considering the strength of their opponents.
If Basel managed to beat Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0 on the road, I don’t see why Frankfurt cannot score three or more goals in the second leg. Basel is far away from the top tier of European teams, and the Swiss side was pretty lucky to grab that 3-0 victory at Frankfurt.
When it comes to Rangers, the Scottish vice-champions will have a tall task to overcome a 3-1 deficit at Bayer Leverkusen. They will have to push forward in numbers, and Leverkusen is a very dangerous team when they can sit and wait for their chances through counter-attacks.
All other 10 teams have decent chances to go far in this competition, so let’s see who are the strongest favorites and who could make a few upsets this August.
Europa League Top Favorites
Manchester United is undoubtedly the biggest name left in the competition. The Red Devils are three-time European champions, while they won the Europa League Trophy back in 2017.
Inter is another household name here, and the Black and Blues are three-time European champs, too, while they’ve won the UEFA Cup (forerunner of the Europa League) three times in their history.
The Black and Blues have already qualified for the 2020-21 Champions League season, but their team is still one of the strongest in this edition of the Europa League.
Bayer Leverkusen is the third-strongest fave at the moment with the odds at +600 to win the 2020 Europa League. Honestly, I don’t understand why the bookies fancy Leverkusen over some other teams. At least, Bayer finished the Bundesliga season at the fifth spot, so they need to win the Europa League in order to qualify for the Champions League next season.
Both Wolves and Sevilla are listed at +900 odds, and I would go with any of these two teams over Leverkusen anytime. Sevilla has won three straight Europa League titles from 2014 to 2016 along with a couple of UEFA Cup trophies in 2006 and 2007.
Furthermore, Sevilla is undefeated in 17 straight outings in all competitions, recording eight wins and nine draws in the process. On the other hand, Sevilla has already clinched the Champions League spot, finishing fourth in the Spanish La Liga, while their round-of-16 matchup with AS Roma will be a tight one, for sure.
Wolves could be an interesting choice. They will have a huge motive to win the Europa League after failing to qualify for the Champions League through the English Premier League. Wolves are a strong team with a few exceptional individuals, and I think they are capable of beating anybody down the road.
Europa League Dark Horses
Getafe at +1400 is a very long shot, as they meet Inter in the Round of 16, while Bayer Leverkusen lurks in the quarterfinals. AS Roma has a difficult task to eliminate Sevilla, as I’ve already mentioned, but the Italian side will be highly motivated to win the trophy and qualify for the Champions League.
Roma has won four of its last five games overall along with a draw, scoring 15 goals in that span. They are +100 dogs to qualify for the quarterfinals where the potential rivals are Wolves and Olympiakos.
The Greek side has a solid chance to eliminate Wolves after a 1-1 draw in the first leg, but I don’t see them going all the way.
Shakhtar at +1600 is a typical example of a dark horse. The Miners possess a strong team with some very skillful players. They should preserve a 2-1 lead against Wolfsburg and meet Basel or Frankfurt in the quarterfinals which is another winnable matchup.
Finally, whoever wins in the FC Copenhagen versus Istanbul Basaksehir matchup will have a mountain to climb against Manchester United in the quarterfinals. They are in the top half of a bracket where Sevilla, AS Roma, and Wolves are all strong teams, so I would avoid betting on Copenhagen and Basaksehir.
Europa League Winner – My Betting Pick
Now, I have to tell you that the Europa League is arguably the most difficult soccer championship to bet on. The upsets are a common thing, but when it comes to future bets and winner odds, only the heavyweight teams have won the title in the previous decade.
The runner-up could easily upset the odds as Marseille did in 2018 or Dnipro in 2015. Rangers reached the finals in 2008, while Braga was a vice-champ in 2011. However, after Porto won the title in 2011, only English and Spanish teams have been lifting the Europa League Trophy.
Manchester United is a runaway fave for a reason, even if the Red Devils did clinch the Champions League ticket in the ultimate round of their domestic league. They are the strongest team left in the competition, so I have to take them as my top pick.
Anyway, I suggest you try with some other team, too. Wolves, Sevilla, and AS Roma are all solid choices, but I will go with Shakhtar. The Ukrainian champs possess enough experience to cope with pressure. Also, they have eight Brazilian players on their roster and will be fired up to win their first Europa League after lifting the UEFA Cup trophy in 2009.
- Betting Pick: Manchester United at +200
- Possible Upset: Shakhtar at +1600