Ahead of this week's last 16 ties, our tipster looks at the outright market and examines which sides could be real contenders to lift the Europa League trophy in Turin
Italian champions Juventus, who failed to advance beyond the group stages of this season’s Champions League are warm favourites at 5/2 (3.50) with Paddy Power to make amends for that disappointment by lifting the Europa League trophy in May.
The Serie A side will be afforded home advantage should they progress to this year’s final, with the showpiece due to take place in Turin, and Antonio Conte’s men will be desperate to secure success in front of their own supporters.
If Juventus are to progress to the quarter-finals of the competition, they will need to overcome fellow Serie A rivals Fiorentina in the last 16.
|Europa League Winner
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|Red Bull Salzburg||10/1|
Fiorentina are available at a chunky 11/1 (12.0) with Paddy Power to lift the Europa League trophy – a price that is sure to shorten dramatically should Montella’s men overcome the runaway Serie A league leaders.
The Italian presence in the last 16 of the competition is strong with Rafael Benitez’s Napoli chalked up as 13/2 (7.50) second favourites with Paddy Power to claim victory in the Europa League after surviving a scare against English Premier League side Swansea City in the last round.
Napoli have high hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League and Benitez’s side boast plenty of firepower so they will be confident of getting the better of FC Porto – priced up at 16/1 (17.0) with Paddy Power for outright glory – in the last 16.
Tottenham are the English Premier League’s sole remaining representatives in the Europa League after they overturned a 1-0 deficit against Dnipro with a thumping 3-1 win at White Hart Lane and Tim Sherwood’s men will be dreaming of going all the way in this season’s tournament.
Spurs are available at 7/1 (8.0) with Paddy Power to lift the trophy but the north Londoners face a tough tie in the last 16 against Portuguese giants Benfica, who can be backed at 10/1 (11.0) with the same firm to triumph.
Red Bull Salzburg shocked Ajax Amsterdam in the last round of the competition and, with the Swiss side set to face FC Basel in the last 16, they are now available at just 10/1 (11.0) with Paddy Power to win the final in Turin.
La Liga is represented by Valencia and Sevilla, with little to separate the sides in the outright market. Valencia are available at 14/1 (15.0) with Paddy Power to lift the trophy while Sevilla can be backed at 16/1 (17.0) in the outright market.
With home advantage in the final a possibility, it is little surprise to see Antonio Conte’s Juventus regarded as warm favourites with the odds compilers to enjoy Europa League success this term but, with a number of intriguing ties ahead this week, the competition may well see a few more twists and turns yet before the champions are crowned.
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