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This week's best bets in the UEFA Europa League from our football tipsters. Check our profitability for the season and get our latest UEFA Europa League betting tips & predictions.

Rennes v Celtic (Thursday 17:55 BST)

Any suggestion of an early-season crisis at Celtic Park has been erased in pretty emphatic fashion in recent weeks. A stunning 4-3 home defeat to CFR Cluj ended their Champions League campaign before it ever truly started and just days later fans voiced their discontent with the board’s running of the club as they watched their side limp past Championship side Dunfermline Athletic in the League Cup. However, it has been plain-sailing for Celtic since then and they have now won each of their last six games – a sequence that includes a straightforward Europa League play-off win over AIK and a timely 2-0 Old Form Derby success at Rangers.

So can they now make it seven-in-a-row to start their Europa League campaign on a high? That will be a big ask because first up for the Scottish champions are French top-flight side Rennes.

The hosts go into the match in underwhelming form having followed up a home defeat to Nice with a goalless draw at Brest, but their home form over the past 14 months is something that cannot be ignored. They lost only four league games at home all last season and suffered just one European defeat at Roazhan Park during a run in the Europa League that saw them record an excellent 3-1 win over Arsenal. They have also managed to pull off a home win over French champions Paris St Germain during the early stages of the current season, so this Rennes team is clearly a team that know how to get results on their own turf. There were a few too many draws for their liking at home last season, something which Celtic can take hope from, but I do not see them sharing the spoils here.

Celtic may have cruised through the play-offs in this competition, but this is a team that generally struggles when they head out into Europe to take on decent opposition. They lost two of their three away games in the group stage last season before bowing out at the hands of Valencia in the last-32, failing to score in either leg, and when you look back at their overall European form on foreign soil over the past decade, outside of qualifying ties, it makes for ugly reading. Therefore I have to suggest backing Rennes to come out on top here and pile more pressure on Celtic heading into their matchday two fixture against the side who dumped them out of Champions League qualifying, Cluj.


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Outright betting on UEFA Europa League remains a great way to make a profit while betting on European football, but of course you have to have some patience because these types of bets are not ones that pay out quickly, unless you have placed them during the final days of the season.

UEFA Europa League outright markets are straightforward - you are betting on potential winners, finalists etc, and these Europa League preduction markets are available all season long so you can wait to see how a team performs before backing them in one of these markets. So what markets are available? Read on...

UEFA Europa League Winner

The name of this market says it all – you are simply betting on who will be crowned European champions at the end of the UEFA Europa League Final. Understandably you will always find the big name clubs at the head of the betting, but that does not mean you cannot make a healthy profit by successfully backing one of them because the bookmakers do not tend to go too short with their odds prior to the start of the competition. So no matter who you back, a tidy profit is on the cards if you successfully predict the winner before UEFA Europa League gets underway. And if you want to wait and see how teams perform, or wait until teams drop out of the Champions League and into this competition, you can because this market will be available up until the final itself. However, the odds for the favourites will undoubtedly shorten as the action unfolds. 

Name The Finalists

Perhaps you cannot decide between two teams – so why not back them both to reach the final instead? The ‘Name The Finalists’ betting market is simple, you bet on which two teams will go head-to-head for the UEFA Europa League Trophy. This market offers an opportunity to make a nice profit because there is added risk – you will need two teams to reach the final, and not one, for this bet to be a winner. And because of how competitive the UEFA Europa League can be, even the shortest priced final can be backed at an appealing price before the season gets underway. But of course, once the action begins, those odds could shorten quickly.

To Reach Final

This UEFA Europa League betting market is very similar to the ‘Name The Finalists’ one, but in this instance you only need to select one team to make the final. Fancy a team to go all the way to the final but not completely convinced they will lift the trophy? If so then this is market for you. However, the odds in this market are a good deal shorter than those available in the ‘Name The Finalists’ because there is less risk. The odds are backable though, but just like the two markets I mentioned before, they will get shorter as the competition unfolds.

Group Winner

The first three markets I have discussed will not lead to a pay-out until the very end of the tournament, but if you want to bet on an outright market that pays out before the final then the ‘Group Winner’ one is the UEFA Europa League betting market for you. It is simple – just pick a group you wish to bet on and back a team to finish top of the table after all six rounds of fixtures have been played. However, if you are looking to make a profit betting on this market you may have to be selective in which groups you bet on because some will have clear favourites and others will be a lot more competitive.


Betting on UEFA Europa League matches has never been easier and there has never been so many markets to choose from for every single game – but which markets should you be using in an attempt to make a profit? offers UEFA Europa League betting tips for every game in one of European football’s premier club competitions, and the following markets feature regularly in our previews…


Football betting markets do not come much more simpler than this one – you are simply backing a team to win the game or for the match to end in a draw. This market is available for every football match you can possibly bet on, but it goes without saying that sometimes it will not offer the most appealing odds. The best chance of making a decent profit in this market comes from what the bookmakers perceive to be a very competitive match. If a match looks to be one sided then there will be one clear favourite and that team’s odds will not be appealing.


The handicap market is very similar to the ‘Winner’ market, but in this instance you are backing a team to overcome a fictional handicap. For example, Marseille are 4/5 to beat Salzburg, but you may be more confident about their chances and fancy the French club to win by more than a goal. Therefore you could dip into the Handicap market and back Marseille -1 at 2/1. So what does the -1 mean? It means Salzburg will start the game with a fictional 1-0 lead and Marseille must win by two goals in order to erase the deficit and win the match, landing you a winning bet. On the opposite side, you may believe Marseille will only win by a single goal so you could go Salzburg +2. That means if Marseille win the match 1-0 on the field, Salzburg will actually be 2-1 winners in terms of your bet once the two-goal handicap is applied.


Another way to back a team to win at a better price than the one available in the ‘Winner’ market is to dive into the Half-time/Full-time market. This market requires you to bet on who you think will be winning at half-time and full-time in the match. So for example, you may believe Arsenal and Atletico Madrid will be drawing at half-time but fancy Atletico to be in front at full-time. Therefore the selection you would make would be Draw/Atletico Madrid, which could be backed at 5/1. This market can offer a great way to make a healthy profit because you need two things to happen for it to be a winner.

Winning Margin

Winning margin is another way to back a team at a better price than the one available in the ‘Winner’ betting market – and just like the previous markets I have mentioned this is straightforward. You are merely betting on how many goals a team will win by – Arsenal to win by 1 goal, Arsenal to win by 2 goals, Arsenal to win by 3 goals more etc. So instead of backing Arsenal to beat Atletico Madrid at 7/5, you may fancy them to win by a single goal. Backing Arsenal to win by 1 goal in this instance would offer a higher price of 17/5.

Total Goals

The outcome of the match does not matter as far as this betting market is confirmed – you are merely betting on how many goals will be scored in total. So for example, if you are expecting to see at least two goals you could back Over 1.5 Total Goals, or you may expect to see three or less so you would select Under 3.5 Total Goals. The prices in this market will obviously vary from match to match, so while it may offer a tempting price in one game it may not be particularly appealing in another.

Both Teams To Score

Just like ‘Total Goals’, this football betting market is not affected by the outcome of a match. When betting on this market you simply need both teams involved in the game to find the back of the net – it does not matter how many times they both score, each team just needs to score at least once. Of course, just like ‘Total Goals’ the appeal of this market will vary from match to match. For example, the odds on both teams scoring will be bigger if one team has a rock-solid defence that rarely concedes, while the price will be short if the match is features to two teams with leaky rearguards.

Match Result & Both Teams To Score

This market combines two of the previous markets I have mentioned – Winner and Both Teams To Score. It is straightforward though and it does offer another opportunity to back a match outcome at a bigger price than the one available in the ‘Winner’ market. In this instance, all you are doing is betting on the outcome of the match and whether or not both teams will score. So for example, you may expect odds-on favourites Marseille to beat Salzburg but want a bigger price than 4/5. By going into this market you can get a price as big as 12/5 on Marseille to win & both teams to score. For this bet to win you just need Salzburg to score in a losing effort. Of course, the odds are affected by the likelihood of both teams scoring.

Match Result & Over/Under Total Goals

This is very similar to the last market I wrote about, but instead of backing both teams to score you are simply betting on who will win and how many goals will be scored in the match. For example, when Atletico Madrid face Arsenal you may be expecting Atletico to win a match that sees at least three goals. Therefore you would back Atletico Madrid/Over 2.5 in this market at odds of 15/4. It does not matter if Atletico Madrid win 3-0, 2-1 of 10-0 – as long as they are victorious and three total goals are scored then your bet would be a winner. Of course, the odds are affected by the likelihood of goals being scored in the match. 

First Goalscorer

First Goalscorer betting remains one of the most popular forms of betting when it comes to football matches. This market is available for every match in top club and international competitions, and it offers a great opportunity to make a healthy profit because you are simple betting on who will break the deadlock with the game’s first goal. With 20 outfield players on the pitch when the match gets underway, there are plenty of players to choose from and that means even big name strikers will be available at backable prices. But perhaps you like the look of a goal-scoring midfielder – his odds could be rather sizeable and if he does break the deadlock you will enjoy a very tidy return.

Anytime Goalscorer

Odds in this market are shorter than the First Goalscorer market because you are merely betting on a player to score in the match. It does not matter if he nets first, second, third or last – as long as he finds the back of the net your bet will be a winner. Big name players are usually at short odds in this market, so you often have to be a little creative when picking out a goalscorer. Perhaps one team is excellent at set-pieces, bringing a defender into play in this market at a big price? Or perhaps a side has a midfielder with a knack for ghosting into the box and grabbing a goal here and there? This market can offer good rewards when you successfully back a player that is not exactly prolific in front of goal.


This European competition was first launched back in 1971 and is considered the continent's secondary club competition behind the Champions League.

The tournament was introduced as the UEFA Cup - a knockout competition that would see all ties (including finals) be played over the course of two legs. That format was kept in place until 1998 when the final was made a one-leg affair at a neutral venue, and in 2004/05 further changes were made as the competition merged with the Cup Winners' Cup and a group stage was added. Then, in 2009/10, the competition was rebranded as the UEFA Europa League.

28 different clubs have won this competition since its launch back in 1971/72 and the most successful club in its history is Sevilla, who have won the UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League a total of five times and set a record for most consecutive final victories when they win three times between 2014 and 2016. They have also appeared in the final more times than any other club having played in the last match five times.

Spain have produced the most winners over the years with 11, while Italian clubs have won this competition on nine occasions. England are hot on their heels after Manchester United's 2-0 win over Ajax in 2017 gave the country its eighth UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League success.










1971/72Tottenham Hotspur3-2 aggWolverhampton Wanderers
1972/73Liverpool3-2 aggBorussia Monchengladbach
1973/74Feyernoord4-2 aggTottenham Hotspur
1974/75Borussia Monchengladbach4-1 aggTwente
1975/76Liverpool4-3 aggClub Brugge
1976/77Juventus2-2 agg
Away Goals
Athletic Bilbao
1977/78PSV Eindhoven3-0 aggBastia
1978/79Borussia Monchengladbach2-1 aggRed Star Belgrade
1979/80Eintracht Frankfurt3-3 agg
Away Goals
Borussia Monchengladbach
1980/81Ipswich Town5-4 aggAZ Alkmaar
1981/82IFK Gothenburg4-0 aggHamburg
1982/83Anderlecht2-1 aggBenfica
1983/84Tottenham Hotspur2-2 agg
4-3 pens
1984/85Real Madrid3-1 aggVideoton
1985/86Real Madrid5-3 aggCologne
1986/87IFK Gothenburg2-1 aggDundee United
1987/88Bayer Leverkusen3-3 agg
3-2 pens
1988/89Napoli5-4 aggStuttgart
1989/90Juventus3-1 aggFiorentina
1990/91Inter Milan2-1 aggRoma
1991/92Ajax2-2 agg
Away Goals
1992/93Juventus6-1 aggBorussia Dortmund
1993/94Inter Milan2-0 aggCasino Salzburg
1994/95Parma2-1 aggJuventus
1995/96Bayern Munich5-1 aggBordeaux
1996/97Schalke 041-1 agg
4-1 pens
Inter Milan
1997/98Inter Milan3-0Lazio
4-1 pens
2000/01Liverpool5-4 (AET)Deportivo Alaves
2001/02Feyenoord3-2Borussia Dortmund
2002/03Porto3-2 (AET)Celtic
2004/05CSKA Moscow3-1Sporting Lisbon
3-1 pens
2007/08Zenit St Petersburg2-0Rangers
2008/09Shakhtar Donetsk2-1 (AET)Werder Bremen
2009/10Atletico Madrid2-1 (AET)Fulham
2011/12Atletico Madrid3-0Athletic Bilbao
4-2 pens
2014/15Sevilla3-2Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
2016/17Manchester United2-0Ajax
2017/18Marseile0-3Atletico Madrid

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