Betting Special: Back Benitez to claim his third Europa League trophy

The Napoli manager has an unbeatable record in this tournament, and Al Hain-Cole fancies him to see off strong Italian competition and lift the trophy for a second season in a row
Having crashed out of the Champions League group stages in embarrassing style, Juventus are clear 3/1 (4.00) favourites with William Hill save some face by lifting this year’s Europa League.

Europa League Outright

Odds from William Hill
Juventus 3/1
Tottenham 11/2
Napoli 7/1
Porto/Fiorentina 10/1
Shakhtar Donetsk 12/1
Benfica 14/1
Sevilla 18/1
Antonio Conte’s men have been in blistering form since falling victim to Galatasaray and, with more Turkish opposition to contend with in the last 32 in the shape of Trabzonspor 125/1 (126.00), they will be confident of ending their 18-year European trophy drought by going all the way in this tournament for the first time since 1993.

La Vecchia Signora would set up a mouth-watering tie against bitter rivals Fiorentina in the next round should they both progress, and Vincenzo Montella’s men are also among the favourites at 10/1 (11.00) to claim the trophy.

However, it is compatriots Napoli that really catch the eye in this year’s competition, with Rafa Benitez’s illustrious European pedigree making him impossible to ignore at 7/1 (8.00) to claim a third Europa League winners medal to add to his Champions League gong.

The Partenopei must first find their way past a Swansea City 33/1 (34.00) side that are currently embroiled in a relegation battle in the Premier League, before the tricky test of Porto 10/1 (11.00) most likely awaits in the last 16.

While the Swans are not expected to make too many waves in Europe, Tottenham 11/2 (6.50) stand a strong chance of doing the Premier League proud considering their recent resurgence under Tim Sherwood, despite a tricky draw against Dnipro 50/1 (51.00).

Fellow Ukrainians Shakhtar Donetsk are real contenders at 12/1 (13.00) to reclaim the trophy they won in 2009, while Benfica 14/1 (15.00), Ajax 25/1 (26.00), Basel 33/1 (34.00) and Viktoria Plzen 50/1 (51.00) are all also vying to become the fourth Champions League dropouts in six seasons to console themselves by going all the way in this tournament.

Elsewhere, Sevilla 18/1 (19.00) and Valencia 25/1 (26.00) represent potential dark horses after winning the trophy three times between them within the last decade, while Lazio and Red Bull Salzburg are also worth keeping an eye on at 25/1 (26.00) apiece.

Napoli to win the Europa League for a 1pt stake at 7/1 (8.00) with William Hill

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Al Hain-Cole is an experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.