Predicting the winner of Europa League 2019
The Europa League, formerly known as the UEFA Cup, is known as the little sister of the Champions League. It includes 158 teams in the initial qualification stage, but only 48 from the group phase. This European Cup has evolved over the years and has become as prestigious as the Champions League. Based on the country in which the team is from, those who participate in this league qualify based on their position as runners-up in their domestic championships at the end of the regular season.
Depending on the method in which a team qualifies, teams can enter the competition at either the qualification stage, directly into the group stage or for some in the final stage. In other words, the teams that play in the Champions League and finish third in their groups, have the chance to compete in the Europa League and therefore to continue on the European stage, which is very important in the life of a club.
In the last ten years, big clubs such as Chelsea, Manchester United, Sevilla, Porto, or more recently Atlético Madrid have won this competition. It is these top clubs who make the Europa League predictions one of the favourites of sports bettors across the globe. The 2019 Europa League’s semi final matches are between Valencia Vs Arsenal and Chelsea Vs Eintracht Frankfurt. As the semi-final approaches on 10th May 2019, the teams are geared up to claim their title for this season. This article includes the top four favourite teams, key players, strengths, weaknesses, and betting odds for the 2019 Europa League.
Top four favourite teams
A shoutout to all the betting fans out there! Without doubts, Chelsea FC are the most favourite to win this year’s Europa League Cup. In a relatively easy group, consisting of BATE Borisov, PAOK and Vidi, they ended at the top, only dropping two points. It is quite impressive that they mostly rested their stars like Eden Hazard and had players who have not featured for the most part of their league season.
Key Players: N’Golo Kanté and Eden Hazard are the star players.
Strengths: Chelsea probably has the best squad in the tournament right now. N’Golo Kanté and Hazard can actually turn a game around on their own. With Olivier Giroud, Chelsea also has the competition’s top scorer in their squad. They are indeed the most experienced team in this season as most of the players are used to playing in the Champions League. Another extra boost for the team is that they can reach the Champions League by winning this tournament.
Weaknesses: Chelsea could well miss out on qualification for Europe’s premier tournament with the way their league season is going. Chelsea’s form is in shambles right now, losing 5 of their last 9 league games, the performances in Europe are the team’s only bright side this season. Another aspect is the results of Sarri’s side against other top six teams in 2019. In the first three months of the year, they only won once against a big opponent. The players also seem to play against their coach, just as they did with Mourinho and Conte.
Arsenal has an extremely good run in their group. In a group with Qarabag, Vorskla and Sporting, they only conceded in the first game. Arsenal also just dropped two points in a tie against the Lisbon club. In the knockout stage, they came back two times, after losing the first leg against BATE Borisov and Stade Rennes. In Unai Emery, Arsenal has the most successful manager of the tournament’s history on their side. He won it 3 times in a row with Sevilla before joining Paris. The North London club also seems to play the best attack of the remaining teams. With Aubameyang, Özil and Lacazette, they have got three insanely talented attackers, that all fall in the bracket “world class”. The Gunners also seem to get into a momentum, where they are able to beat everyone. The team not only conceded once in their last five league games, they also ended Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s unbeaten streak at Manchester United.
Key players: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Arsenal’s top scorer has also been a creator for the team, and he made a huge contribution to the comeback against Rennes which fired the team’s challenge in the knockout stages.
Strengths: Most successful manager of tournament’s history, good run, and best attack.
Weaknesses: Their biggest weaknesses, defence and consistency, both seemed to be ruled out, due to a formation change in the last few games. The only possible aspect, which could make them not win it all, is their consistency against top clubs. Usually, they play good against their opponents and are even the better team, but sometimes Arsenal are unlucky, inefficient or just fall apart. An example is the 5-1 loss against Liverpool, when the Reds destroyed the Gunners.
Frankfurt is riding a wave of euphoria that stems from ending a 30-year wait for silverware last season. With big clubs eyeing their key players, this is their best chance at adding to the UEFA Cup they won in 1980. Frankfurt turned from a team that was thought to drop out in their group, to a favourite to win the competition. In a group containing Marseille, Lazio and Apollon Limassol they dominated and did not drop any point, scoring 17 and conceding only 5 times. In the next two rounds “Die Eintracht” was able to kick out Shakhtar Donetsk and Inter Milan, both excellent teams as well. The only German left in Europe is probably the most dangerous team offensively, having two excellent strikers in Sebastien Haller and Luka Jovic, who are able to beat every defence that faces them. They are also on a very good form, not only in the Europa League, as exemplified by them having not lost since December. Another thing which makes them so dangerous is the fantastic support the team gets from their fanbase.
Key player: Luka Jović. After showing glimpses of his qualities last season, the Serbia striker has proven his pedigree and taken a giant stride forward in his development. When he’s on form, Frankfurt are at their most dangerous.
Strengths: good players, great momentum, good form, excellent strikers
Weaknesses: Frankfurt’s biggest weakness is their lack of experience. Neither the players nor their coach have a lot of experience on such a big stage. The pressure might be too much for the young players and could force them into errors, which they normally would not do. It is also possible that one of the remaining top coaches could outplay the system of Adi Hütter and therefore beat them tactically. Another problem might be, that the fans are known for firing pyrotechnics, which the UEFA are known to punish with matches behind closed doors.
The only team that transferred into the competition from the UEFA Champions League who are still in the running, Valencia began the season with just one win from their first 13 games in all competitions. Since then, they have steadily climbed the Liga table while booking themselves a spot in the Copa del Rey final against Barcelona in May.
Key player: Dani Parejo. There is a terrific supporting cast across the Valencia squad but the captain is the leader, the artist, the old-hand and the calm talent. If storms lie ahead he’ll steer them through.
Strengths: The team has excellent momentum. It’s the centenary of this fine club and while they’ve been difficult to beat all season, in recent weeks they’ve been on a roll – quick, lots of conviction, the goals flowing and oozing belief. They have excellent counter attacks, attacking set pieces, and are great at creating scoring chances.
Weaknesses: lack of width, individual errors leads to goals, and defend narrowly.
The bottom line
With two favourites – Chelsea and Arsenal – and two surprises – Frankfurt and Valencia – still in the running in this year’s competition, the Europa League 2018-19 Semi Finals are set to be very exciting for sports fans. If we were to choose one team to favour, our football experts would surely predict the Gunners, who have played well in the competition week-in and week-out, and are coached by three-time winner of the competition Unai Emery. If they manage to beat Valencia in the Semi’s, then there is no doubt that Aubameyang and company will have taken a big step towards being crowned Champions. Remember, there are extremely high chances that Chelsea will take away this year’s Europa League title.
To bet well on the Europa League, it will also be necessary to bear in mind that it often rains goals. For example, in the last edition of the Europa League, 56% of the matches saw more than 2.5 goals in the match, and 21% more than 3.5 achievements. Bookmakers’ proposals can be interesting so do not hesitate to try the over. In the long run, your bets will inevitably win! Another key statistic of the Europa League is the offensive performance of away teams. Last year, 67% of the games had seen the visiting teams score at least one goal in the group stage, increasing to 70% in the final phase..
Europa League Betting Odds*
- Chelsea - odds of 19/20
- Arsenal - odds of 2/1
- Valencia - odds of 7/1
- Eintracht Frankfurt - odds of 12/1
*Odds have been referred from Bet365 and are bound to change. Stay connected.
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