UEFA Europa League Futures: 2021/22 Betting Picks
Champions League is by far the most important European competition, and the online sportsbooks are always offering many future betting markets, but there's also Europa League, the 2nd tier European competition. We don't have as many betting options, but there's plenty of value, so after sharing our top UCL futures, we are back with our Europa League futures for this season. We're not touching the winners market because the 3rd placed teams in the Champions League groups will qualify in the UEL knock-out stages, and we expect one of them to win the competition.
Group B Winner:
Group B teams: Real Sociedad, Monaco, Sturm Graz, PSV. The Spanish teams have won the trophy in 8 of the last 12 seasons with Villarreal, Sevilla four times, and Atletico Madrid three times. If we go way back, they won it in 11 of the previous 18 seasons. So we can say that Europa League is a Spanish affair. Last season Real Sociedad finished 2nd in their group, behind Napoli, but were knocked out by Manchester United in the Round of 32.
What's great about this team is that they managed to keep their most important players for this season, adding a new center-forward, Alexander Sorloth from RB Leipzig. They are a great team to watch, fluid, and packed with skillful players like Alexander Isak, a tall striker, technically gifted, making intelligent runs, and connecting with his teammates well. Another great player they have is captain Mikel Oyarzabal, one of the most underrated players in Europe and one of the most well-rounded attacking players in La Liga.
Former Man City star David Silva confirmed he would stay another season with Real Sociedad. He endured an injury disrupted campaign last season, with 19 league appearances, but he's back and ready to give the fans something to cheer for. Silva and Oyarzabal generated a superb understanding, and we expect them to enjoy another great season.
Ligue 1's Monaco is a very inconsistent team despite possessing impressive attacking firepower. In addition, PSV lost two main players in the summer transfer window: Denzel Dumfries (Inter) and Donyell Malen (Dortmund).
Group G Winner:
Group G teams: Leverkusen, Betis, Celtic, Ferencvaros. Leverkusen face trips to Scotland to play Celtic, to the south of Spain to play a well-balanced Betis, and to Budapest to face Ferencvaros. Not easy at all, but why do we think they will win this group.
Leverkusen kicked off their domestic campaign in style, earning 7 points in 3 games, scoring 9 goals in the process. Patrik Schick and Moussa Diaby are their most important goal-players. After a great start to the season and two straight man-of-the-match performances, Moussa Diaby was called for the 1st time by Didier Deschamps, making his national team debut in the 1-1 draw against Bosnia & Herzegovina.
He's expected to take his game to yet another level and be the team's main star after consistently impressive performances. Leverkusen is assertive and clinical in possession, always swift to move the ball forward and bypass their opponents' midfield. They had many ups and downs in the last season, but if they stay consistent, they can finish the season in the top 4 (Bundesliga) and play in the Champions League.
Last season they won their Europa League group earning 15 points in six games and netting 21 goals in the process. Young Boys surprisingly knocked them out in the Round of 32, but they had many injury issues for that double-legged tie.
They were drawn in a slightly more challenging group this season, but we expect them to finish 1st. All three away games look tough, but they have the necessary weapons to win at least 4 points from the three games on the road. Therefore, it's crucial to start the competition with a win. They are fortunate to play the 1st match at home against Ferencvaros, and we expect them to cover the -1.5 Asian Handicap.
Europa League Extra Picks:
Group C Winners: Napoli at (+110)
Group H Winners: West Ham (-110)
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