While the likes of Atletico Madrid and Napoli are taking part in the knockout stages, Al Hain-Cole thinks the Gunners will prioritise European glory
Playing host to an eye-catching number of big name clubs, this season’s
Europa League looks like being one of the most competitive in recent memory.
Surprisingly eliminated from the
Champions League group stages, Atletico Madrid have been immediately installed as dabblebet’s favourite to go all the way in this competition. 7/2 (4.50)
This is understandable considering Diego Simeone’s team has reached the Champions League final twice in the last three seasons, and lifted this trophy in both 2010 and 2012.
Gunners to claim glory
However, while Los Rojiblancos are comfortably positioned in second place in
La Liga, Arsenal’s poor Premier League form could make them more likely candidates to push themselves in this tournament.
Currently eight points adrift of the top four, winning this competition arguably represents the Gunners’ most realistic hope of Champions League qualification – just as
Manchester United did last season.
With a relatively kind draw against Swedish minnows Ostersunds in their favour, Arsene Wenger’s men offer good value at
to go all the way. 5/1 (6.00)
In contrast, Napoli are still fighting hard to claim their first Scudetto since 1990, so are unlikely to focus their attention elsewhere enough to justify their own
outright odds. 8/1 (9.00)
What’s more, the Partenopei have been drawn against a strong
RB Leipzig side currently sitting second in the Bundesliga, and who probably offer better value at themselves. 18/1 (19.00)
Borussia Dortmund are and will prove strong contenders after returning to form under Peter Stoger, although last 32 opponents 9/1 (10.00) Atalanta will not be easily beaten. (33/1) Best of the rest
In-form Milan at
and 12/1 (13.00) Lazio at will also ensure that 14/1 (15.00) Serie A is well represented this season, having not provided a champion since Parma in 1999.
Responsible for eight of last 12 winners,
Spain’s chances of success are enhanced by the presence of Villarreal , (20/1) Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao (24/1) . (25/1)
Arsenal to win the Europa League for a 1pts stake at 5/1 (6.00) with dabblebet