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Europa League betting odds: Arsenal 9/2 second favourites behind Atletico Madrid after last-32 draw

Leigh Copson 11 Dec 2017
The Europa League trophy (credit: FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

Get the latest Europa League betting odds and find out who the bookmakers are predicting will win the Europa League 2017/18 title, and who will be crowned the Golden Boot winner of Europe’s secondary club competition.

Europa League 2017/18 Odds

The Europa League knockout stage will feature some European heavyweights after several big names dropped out of the Champions League and into this competition, with one of them, Atletico Madrid, heaving the betting after the draw for the last-32.

Atletico have entered the Europa League after finishing third in their Champions League group behind Chelsea and Roma, and having made an impact on that competition in recent years William Hill make them 7/2 to go all the way in Europe’s secondary club competition after they were paired with Copenhagen in the first round of the knockout stage.

Arsenal, who will face Swedish side Ostersunds, are 9/2 to follow in the footsteps of Manchester United after they cruised through the group stage, while Borussia Dortmund are 8/1 to bounce back from a disappointing Champions League campaign by winning the Europa League.

Napoli, another team ousted from the Champions League, are next up at 9/1 ahead of Italian rivals AC Milan (12/1) and Lazio (14/1), while German side RB Leipzig are 16/1 shots after their first crack at Europe’s premier club competition came to an end at the group stage,

Lyon and Villarreal are considered 20/1 shots ahead of a host of teams at 25/1, including Athletic Bilbao, Real Sociedad and Sporting Lisbon, while Britain’s only other entry in the competition, Celtic, are 66/1 to go all the way in the Europa League after they were paired with Zenit St Petersburg.

Complete Europa League last-32 draw

Borussia Dortmund v Atalanta
Nice v Locomotive Moscow
Copenhagen v Atletico Madrid
Spartak Moscow v Athletic Bilbao
AEK Athens v Dynamo Kiev
Celtic v Zenit St Petersburg
Napoli v RB Leipzig
Red Star Belgrade v CSKA Moscow
Lyon v Villarreal
Real Sociedad v Red Bull Salzburg
Partizan Belgrade v Plzen
Steaua Bucharest v Lazio
Ludogorets Razgrad v AC Milan
Astana v Sporting Lisbon
Ostersund v Arsenal
Marseille v Braga

Latest Europa League 2017/18 Winner Odds

Europa League Outright Odds

The bookmakers offer Europa League betting odds at the start of every season and continue to offer their outright markets to the very end. Prior to the start of the group stage punters will be putting their bets on who they expect to go all the way in this competition, but that pre-season list is not the final line-up so those Europa League betting odds on offer could soon change.

The losing teams from the Champions League qualifying play-off round drop into this competition for the group stage and once that phase of the tournament is completed, the eight teams that finish third in the Champions League group stage also enter the Europa League. When the later happens you can expect the Europa League betting odds to undergo some significant changes because there will almost certainly be some big clubs entering the competition at the last-32 stage – one of which could be the actual winner.

This rule has been in place since the 2009/10 season and a Champions League drop-out has won the tournament on two occasions with Chelsea achieving the feat in 2012/13 and Sevilla matching that in 2015/16.

The Winner market is not the only outright market available for the competition, with bookmakers offering Europa League betting odds for who will reach the final and who will win the Golden Boot. Those markets tend to become available from the group stage onwards and, like the Winner market, those prices are sure to change when the tournament is underway.

Europa League Top Goalscorer Odds

Another outright market available to punters in the Europa League Top Goalscorer odds market, which is available to customers throughout the entire competition. With a large group stage, teams dropping into the competition from the Champions League and a bigger knockout phase than that competition, there are plenty of opportunities for players to rack up goals and that means there are plenty of options for punters in the Europa League Top Goalscorer odds market.

History would suggest that no matter how tempting the Europa League betting odds are, you should not back a player from a team that you expect to win the competition because a Winner/Top Goalscorer Double is not something that has been a regular occurrence.

Since the final became a one-legged affair in 1997/98, the double has been done on only six occasions and the last time that happened was back in the 2011/12 campaign when Radamel Falcao top-scored as Atletico Madrid won the competition, one season after he top-scored while firing Porto to glory.

During that same period only two English-based players, Alan Shearer and Romelu Lukaku, have won the Golden Boot, while an interesting thing to note is that South American players have dominated this award over the past 15 years with 10 players from the continent finishing the tournament as the Europa League Top Goalscorer.

Much of that is down to the fact Spanish clubs have dominated this competition since 2003/04, with La Liga providing the winner on no less than eight occasions. Therefore history would suggest that when you are looking at Europa League betting odds, you should back a South American player who plys his trade for a Spanish club in the Europa League Top Goalscorer odds market… if history is your thing of course.

Europa League Match Odds

When it comes to Europa League betting odds markets you are not just restricted to outright markets for the competition, because this tournament receives in-depth coverage from the leading bookmakers in the form of Europa League match odds, cashback promotions and special enhancements – which will have covered throughout the entire campaign.

The number of Europa League betting odds markets available for every match is very big, whether it’s a qualifying game, a group match of the Final itself. The match betting market does not always offer a tempting price, but there are other ways in which you can back a team to win a Europea League match by heading to markets like Handicap, To Win To Nil and Match Results & Both Teams To Score/Over-Under Total Goal.

There are also a whole host of goal markets for punters to sink your teeth into. First, Last and Anytime Goalscorer markets are always on offer and you can even bet on how many goals are scored and when were they scored. You can bet on subjects like the number corner kicks, the number of bookings and much more, so there are countless Europa League betting odds markets to choose for every single match.

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