Atletico Madrid will not be defending the Europa League title they won in Lyon back in May thanks to their second place finish in the Spanish Primera Division. However, a few sides that finished lowly in their respective leagues will be able to go for top honours. Here are the outrights from Bet365.
The Blues find themselves in the Europa League for the first time since 2013 which the won, after a disappointing fifth place finish which culminated in the sack of Antonio Conte in the summer. Maurizio Sarri is now in charge and though the Italian will set sights on winning his first league title as a coach, the Europa League offers him a chance to make an even bigger statement in his maiden season in England.
It’s back to back appearances for the Gunners in Europe’s second tier club competition after finishing sixth in the Premier League. They could not get past Atletico Madrid in last season’s semi-finals and Arsene Wenger ultimately called time on his 22-year stint in North London. Now under the watch of Unai Emery who has experience having won three consecutive Europa League titles with Sevilla, Arsenal have a real crack at the trophy.
The Andalusian outfit have their name firmly written in this competition with five titles, the most of any team. Los Rojiblancos spent the previous campaign in the Champions League and moved all the way to the quarter-finals after shocking Manchester United in the round of 16. A poor seventh place finish in the Spanish Primera Division meant that Sevilla have a place in the competition they excel in best.
It looked as though the Rossoneri were on their way back to Champions League for first time in a long while after a strong start to the 2017/18 Serie A Season but it wasn’t to be as their form dipped and though things were revived, Milan ultimately finished sixth. They were initially banned from European participation due to breaching Financial Fair Play rules but had it overruled by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. It’s going to be a really tough ride for the Italian giants.
The French club suffered the agony of a 3-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid in last season’s final in Lyon. It was a long route to final and to ultimately fall does hurt. They do have another shot at doing it again but will be outsiders once again.
The previous campaign was a bitter one for the Lions as they finished a disappointing fifth in the Russian Premier League and crashed out of the Europa League round of 16, losing 3-2 on aggregate to German outfit RB Leipzig. Zenit tasted ultimate victory in this competition when it was called the Uefa Cup back in 2008 but the odds quoted for them show that they are wide off the mark at repeating it.
Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.