The 2020-21 UEFA Europa League season has reached the knockout stage and will begin with games in the last 32 played this Thursday, 18th of February. While the second legs are held next week, on the 25th of February. Real Sociedad vs Manchester United and Benfica vs Arsenal ties are just some of the top games of the round. Where all four English teams are favored to go through in the Europa League Round of 32 betting predictions.
We can find four English, three Spanish and Italian and two German teams in the remaining 32 teams of the 2020-21 Europa League. Teams from these top leagues usually dominate the second strongest UEFA competition which was won by Sevilla last year. Now even a stronger field is fighting to win the trophy, including Manchester United, Serie A leader Milan and German top team Bayern Leverkusen. But even smaller teams can cause surprise and go a long way in the tournament like Copenhagen or Basel did last year.
Europa League Round of 32 betting predictions for the performance of the English teams
One of the most exciting ties of this round is the Benfica vs Arsenal pair. Where the Gunners are favored to qualify to the next round with the odds of 1.40. Mikel Arteta’s team is only in 10th place in the Premier League but they have been getting better in the last few weeks. In the Europa League Arsenal won their group confidently with six wins. But they won’t have an easy job against Benfica, who also had some weaker periods this season. The team is currently in 4th place in the Portuguese league and finished only as a runner-up in their group behind Rangers. Their odds to go through to the last 16 is 2.75.
Online sportsbooks in the UK also highly favor the other three English teams. Manchester United, Tottenham and Leicester to go through. United will face Real Sociedad who are playing well this season and are currently in 5th place in La Liga. But Solksjaer’s team should still qualify easily after being knocked out from the Champions League. Spurs also need to show something for the fans after their setback in the Premier League. Winning against Austrian side Wolfsberger should be an easy job though. While Leicester will play against Slavia Prague and have the odds of 1.25 to qualify in the Europa League Round of 32 betting predictions.
Chances of other top teams, like Milan and Ajax
Red Star Belgrade shouldn’t cause too much problem for Serie A leaders AC Milan. But the other Italian clubs, AS Roma and Napoli will face tougher opponents in Braga and Granada. Online gambling sites in the UK still favor all three of them to qualify to the last 16. Bayer Leverkusen have been also mentioned in the favorites to actually win the tournament. First though they need to knock out Swiss team Young Boys.
Ajax usually play in the knockout stage of the Champions League. This time though they only finished third in their group. So now the Dutch champions have a chance to perform well in the Europa League where they will face Lille first. In the first game, in France any result is possible. But in the second leg Ajax should get the win and qualify to the last 16. Their odds to do so is 1.44 on bet365.
We can also find several Eastern European teams still in the competition. Like Krasnodar and Dinamo Zagreb, who will play against each other in one of the most balanced ties. Dynamo Kiev face Club Brugge after both teams dropped out from the Champions League. Now Brugge have the smallest odds, 1.40 to qualify. While last year’s semi-finalists, Shakhtar Donetsk should win against Maccabi Tel Aviv easily with the odds of 1.14 to go through.