Europa League 2018-19: Favourites, outsiders, underdogs, qualified teams & fixtures

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This year's Europa League nears the draw for the group stage with Premier League giants Chelsea and Arsenal heavy favourites to win the competition

The Europa League has begun to get underway as the qualifying rounds already being played, and this year's edition features Premier League giants Chelsea and Arsenal after the two London clubs failed to finish in the Premier League top four.

Defending champions Atletico Madrid already qualified for the Champions League following their second-placed finish in La Liga. They will only be able to defend their title should they drop into the Europa League after finishing third in the Champions League.

Steven Gerrard's Rangers team are currently contesting for a group stage spot in the Europa League.

Goal brings you all the details of this year's Europa League campaign including key fixtures, dates, draw details and more.


Favourites to win Europa League 2018-19


FA Cup winners Chelsea are heavy favourites to win a second Europa League this season (priced at 7/1 according to bet365) after a surprise fifth-placed finish in the Premier League, which meant that they failed to qualify for the more esteemed Champions League.

Maurizio Sarri's first full season in charge of the Blues will be a pressure-riddled one as he will be expected to return the west London side to the top-tier of European football, preferably through finishing in the Premier League top four or by winning the Europa League.

A new-look Arsenal featuring new manager Unai Emery are also favourites to win the competition, priced at 9/1 to win. The Gunners were expected to win the competition last year but fell short to eventual champions Atletico Madrid, and Emery – like Sarri – is expected to attain Champions League season for the following campaign.


Europa League 2018-19 underdogs


Sevilla Manchester United Champions League 2017-18

Sevilla are priced at 16/1 to win the competition after winning the competition a record five times, last winning it in 2016 at the expense of Liverpool in the final.

Sevilla finished disappointingly in 7th place in La Liga though are a strong force in Europe – eliminating Manchester United in the last 16 round of the Champions League last season as well as holding Liverpool to that memorable group stage 3-3 draw after being three goals down at half-time.

AC Milan have odds of 20/1 to better their last 16 finish last season, where they were eliminated from the competition by Arsenal.

The likes of Bayer Leverkusen, Fiorentina, Lazio, Marseille and RB Leipzig are all also priced at 20/1 to win the tournament.


Europa League 2018-19 outsiders


Villarreal are priced at 25/1 to win the Europa League after failing to progress past the last 32 stage in last year's edition, losing to Ligue 1 side Lyon over two legs.

Spanish side Real Betis have odds of 33/1 to emerge as tournament winners after finishing sixth in La Liga – one position better than their neighbours Sevilla.


Europa League 2018-19 qualified teams


This year's Europa League group stage is set to begin on September 20, ending on December 13. 48 teams compete in the group stage to decide 24 of the 32 places in the knockout phase of the competition.

The draw for the group stage will be held on 31 August, which will be followed by 48 teams drawn into twelve groups of four.

Teams participating in the Europa League group stage include:

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  • 17 teams which enter in the group stage
  • 8 Champions Path winners of the play-off round
  • 13 Main Path winners of the play-off round
  • 4 Champions Path losers of the Champions League play-off round
  • 2 League Path losers of the Champions League play-off round
  • 4 League Path losers of the Champions League third qualifying round

Group stage      
Villarreal AC Milan Akhisar Belediyespor  Winner of EL play-off round (Champions Path)
Real Betis Marseille Jablonec Winner of EL play-off round (Champions Path)
Eintracht Frankfurt Rennes Zurich Winner of EL play-off round (Champions Path)
Bayer Leveruksen Krasnodar Winner of EL play-off round (Champions Path) Winner of EL play-off round (Champions Path)
Chelsea Sporting Winner of EL play-off round (Champions Path) Winner of EL play-off round (Main Path)
Arsenal Vorskla Poltava Winner of EL play-off round (Champions Path) Winner of EL play-off round (Main Path)
Lazio Anderlecht Winner of EL play-off round (Champions Path) Winner of EL play-off round (Main Path)
Winner of EL play-off round (Main Path) Winner of EL play-off round (Main Path) Winner of EL play-off round (Main Path) Winner of EL play-off round (Main Path)
Winner of EL play-off round (Main Path) Winner of EL play-off round (Main Path) Winner of EL play-off round (Main Path) Winner of EL play-off round (Main Path)
Winner of EL play-off round (Main Path) Winner of EL play-off round (Main Path) Loser of CL play-off round (Champions Path) Loser of CL play-off round (Champions Path)
Loser of CL play-off round (Champions Path) Loser of CL play-off round (Champions Path) Loser of CL play-off round (League Path) Loser of CL play-off round (League Path)
Loser of CL third qualifying round (League Path) Loser of CL third qualifying round (League Path) Loser of CL third qualifying round (League Path) Loser of CL third qualifying round (League Path)
 
Round of 32      
UCL third-place finisher UCL third-place finisher UCL third-place finisher UCL third-place finisher
UCL third-place finisher UCL third-place finisher UCL third-place finisher UCL third-place finisher

Europa League 2018-19 - group stage fixtures & results


 


Europa League 2018-19 - Route to Final


The final of this year's Europa League will take place on May 29 at the Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Preliminary Preliminary round Jun 12 Jun 28 Jul 5
Qualifying First qualifying round, second qualifying round, third qualifying round Jun 19, 20, Jul 23 Jul 12 Jul 19
Play-off Play-off round Aug 6 Aug 23 Aug 30
Group stage Matchday 1 Aug 31 Sept 20 Sept 20
Group stage Matchday 2 Aug 31 Oct 4 Oct 4
Group stage Matchday 3 Aug 31 Oct 25 Oct 25
Group stage Matchday 4 Aug 31 Nov 8 Nov 8
Group stage Matchday 5 Aug 31 Nov 29 Nov 29
Group stage Matchday 6 Aug 31 Dec 13 Dec 13
Knockout phase Round of 32 Dec 17 Feb 14 Feb 21
Knockout phase Round of 16 Feb 22 Mar 7 Mar 14
Knockout phase Quarter-finals Mar 15 Apr 11 Apr 18
Knockout phase Semi-finals Apr 19 May 2 May 9
Knockout phase Final May 19 May 29 /

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