The group stage of the 2021-22 Europa League season will begin this week with the first 16 games. Including top matches like the Leicester City vs Napoli or the Rangers vs Lyon ties. A good start is important for all teams even in easier groups but can be crucial in the tightest ones. Let’s see which teams are favored to get through according to the 2021 EL group stage predictions.
This is the first year that even the third-placed teams in each group can continue in the spring thanks to the new tournament, the Europa Conference League. Of course, top teams will aim for the first two places of their groups and qualification to the knockout stage. Including top Italian, Spanish, German and French clubs along with one of the biggest favorites to win the tournament, Leicester City. They will play in Group C along with Napoli, Spartak Moscow, and Legia Warsaw. Sounds like an interesting group, still Brendan Rogers’ team should go through easily. But we can find other more balanced teams, where any of the four members can qualify. Let’s see the favorites of the bookmakers now ahead of the first round.
The 2021 EL Group Stage Predictions Favor Top Clubs to Win Their Groups
In Group A Lyon and Rangers are favored to go through to the knockout stage ahead of Slavia Prague and Brondby. The two strong teams will already meet in the first round this Thursday in Glasgow. Online sportsbooks in the UK offer almost the same odds for all results, slightly favoring Steven Gerrard’s team to win (2.50). The situation is more difficult in Group B where only two teams can qualify from the Monaco, Real Sociedad, PSV trio. The Spanish team with Mikel Oyarzabal and David Silva has the smallest odds, 2.10 to win the group in the 2021 EL group stage predictions.
In Group C we find two big favorites for the final victory, Napoli and Leicester City. They should go through relatively easily from the group which also includes Spartak Moscow and Legia Warsaw. While Group D seems like one of the most open groups with Olympiacos, Eintracht Frankfurt, Fenerbahce, and Antwerp. The German team has the smallest odds, 1.80 to finish on top. But the Greek champions and the Turkish star club can also fight for the qualifying places. Olympiacos and Fenerbahce will meet first on the 30th of September in Istanbul in probably heated circumstances. Fener will start first though in the home of Frankfurt where Oliver Glasner’s team is favored to win.
2021 EL Group Stage Predictions: Lazio Can Top the Group Ahead of Marseille and Galatasaray
The other Turkish team, Galatasaray won’t have an easy job either in Group E. Along with Lazio, Marseille, and Lokomotiv Moscow. Fatih Terim’s team is only ranked third in the odds to win the group. While Lazio is favored to finish on top. Under the leadership of former Chelsea manager, Mauricio Sarri the Roma-based team can even fight for the cup trophy this season. Especially with players like Ciro Immobile, Sergej-Milinkovic-Savic, and Pedro. In Group F Portuguese Braga can fight with the Serbian champions, Red Star Belgrade, and the Danish runners-up, FC Midtjylland.
Three teams have the chance of qualifying to the last 16 in the next group, Group G as well. Where the German top team, Bayer Leverkusen has the smallest odds, 2.37 to win the group ahead of Real Betis. The Scottish runners-up, Celtic will also aim for a better result than last season when they finished only fourth in the group. Plus they can take revenge on the 4th team in the group. The Hungarian champions, Ferencvaros who knocked them out in the previous Champions League season. Online gambling sites in the UK favor West Ham United to win Group H ahead of Dinamo Zagreb. David Moyes’ team makes its first appearance in the group stage of the Europa League and hopes to go all the way to the final.