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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.

Match Bets

Ben: The first of the all-Premier League finals brings a London derby in Baku, with a chance for one of these massive sides to claim a trophy this season. Chelsea got here by stumbling through a semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt, but what was really impressive was their resolve as they held on against a German side that gave as good as they got. Arsenal on the other hand blew Valencia away in Spain in a performance that was hugely impressive, but these showings are rarely followed by another constituent outing. Unai Emery may have something of a love-affair with the Europa League, but Arsenal’s inability to make the most out of their incredible assets up front due to their backline being so weak means we can’t really look to back them. Chelsea may not be as good at the back as they have been in recent years, but they are still better than Arsenal defensively, and we think that the likely-departure of Eden Hazard this summer will spur them on in a game they will be desperate to win in order to deprive Arsenal of a trophy, whilst securing the first of the Maurizio Sarri reign. 

Leigh: Ben and the bookmakers have got behind Chelsea for the Europa League Final, making Maurizio Sarri’s side the odds-on favourites ‘to lift the trophy’, but I believe you can take on the bookies and back Arsenal to spring an ‘upset’ in Baku. Don’t get me wrong, the Gunners have shown a horrible knack for cracking under the pressure under the past year or so, but what cannot be overlooked is how they have fought and scrapped to make it this far. Yes the stumbled at BATE Borisov and Rennes, but they showed their nerve to come roaring back in those ties and the way they dispatched Napoli in the quarter-finals and Valencia in the semi-finals was very impressive. And of course, in Unai Emery they have a man who has become something of a Europa League ‘master’ during his managerial career. The Spaniard led Sevilla to glory Europa League glory in three consecutive seasons between 2014 and 2017, and only once did his team need more than 90 minutes to get the job done. I believe he will get his hands on this trophy for a fourth time after Arsenal dispatch Chelsea in regulation time in the 2019 Final.

Goalscorer Bets

Leigh: If I am backing Arsenal for glory I have to my goalscorer selection from their ranks, and right now you are spoiled for choice when it comes to the two Arsenal strikers. Alex Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have struck up a lethal partnership and they have played an integral role in the Gunners’ run to the final, providing the club’s last eight goals in the Europa League. Both men are more than capable of adding to their European tally against Chelsea, and although Aubameyang is yet to find the back of the Blues’ net since arriving in North London, I simply cannot look past him. The Gabon international has been in fantastic form over the past month or so and was simply unstoppable as he rattled in a hat-trick during Arsenal’s 4-2 semi-final win at Valencia. If he is firing on all cylinders in Baku then there is every chance that he will fire the Gunners to the trophy and help end their Champions League exile.

Ben: I have to agree with Leigh on this one - I cannot look to back anyone other than Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score in this one as he has been absolutely outstanding this year. The Premier League Golden Boot went to the Arsenal forward along with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane after the Gunners’ star netted a brace on the final day, but he could have scooped the prize outright if he had netted any of the chances he spurned. In the Europa League this year, Aubameyang has scored eight goals across the campaign including an awesome hat-trick that defeated Valencia in the semi-final. His pace is frightening when he is one-on-one with a defender or running in behind, while his finishing ability has seen him in scintillating form of late, and if the Blues give him a chance to score, which I think they will as their backline is far from solid, then he will likely get on the scoresheet once again. 

Banker Bets

Ben: My banker bet is that both teams will score in this one. While Arsenal have been superb going forward, scoring 73 goals in 38 games in the league, and Chelsea can turn it on at any moment especially when Hazard picks up the ball, while most importantly, neither of their defences can be accused of being solid. 39 goals conceded in 38 games for the Blues and 51 in 38 for the Gunners is an awful total, while the struggles of Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi in particular has been a huge talking point this year. With so much attacking talent on show, we think it is incredibly likely that neither goalkeeper will enjoy a clean sheet in this one as the men in front of them have not been able to defend right across the campaign. 

Leigh: Of all the bets that I could pick out for the Europa League Final this is the one I would be most confident about – and the bonus is that it is not odds-on! Several times this season I have written about Arsenal’s success has largely depended on their ability to get ahead early in games. Backing Arsenal to lead after 30 minutes has delivered winning bet on several occasions for me this season, and it has been a successful selection for all but three of their last 19 competitive victories – a very impressive statistic. And if you want to look solely at the Europa League then here is a statistic that really stands out – Arsenal have needed before the interval in 12 of their 15 fixtures. So there you have it – when the Gunners score early they are usually successful and I expect them to beat Chelsea in the final, so backing Unai Emery’s men to score a first-half goal feels like a ‘no-brainer’ to me.

Bold Predictions

Leigh: Having gone with Arsenal for my three previous predictions I may as well stick with the Gunners for my bold prediction, which is backing Unai Emery’s men to win this match by a score of 2-1 in 90 minutes. The Gunners did run out 2-0 winners when they entertained Chelsea in the Premier League back in January and they have managed a couple of clean sheets recently, but they continue to look very ropey at the back and you would never write off any top-flight side scoring against them. What bails Arsenal out is the ability they have at the other end – the chemistry between Alex Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is there for all to see and when they are in top form they have a nightmare for opposition defences. That does pile pressure on them to make up for Arsenal’s defensive deficiencies, just like it did in the semi-finals, but they have repeatedly coped under that pressure and they could flourish under it again in the Europa League Football. So when you couple that with the fact Arsenal have scored exactly two goals in four of their last five meetings with Chelsea, you have to like the chances of 2-1 to Arsenal being the correct score here.

Ben: What a season it has been for Aubameyang, with his ability to score goals something that has helped to force Arsenal towards a trophy this year, although they have gone kicking and screaming at times as their performances in the closing stages of the season in particular have made it seem as though they do not want silverware this year. The raw speed of the striker makes him one of the most lethal forwards in the Premier League, and he is perfectly adapted to playing in England’s top league, as he is designed for standing on the shoulder of the last defender or running in behind the opposition with his pace, making it more than likely that he will get on the end of the ball, while his ability to find the back of the net if something that makes him incredibly dangerous. Against Valencia, his ability to score was on full show as he displayed his incredible repertoire of finishes, and he will target the likes of David Luiz and whoever partners him, with none of Chelsea’s centre-halves particularly consistent this year. Scoring two goals in a final is something few players do, as the showpiece event is often one that gets the better of person, but this is not something we think the forward will suffer from. A hat-trick in the semi-final of the Europa League preceded a brace on the final day of the Premier League season (which could and probably should have been another hat-trick), which shows he comes into this one in great form, and I think that he, of all the players in this final, has the best chance of netting a brace or more. 

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UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE BETTING TIPS: HOW TO BET ON OUTRIGHT MARKETS

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.

UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE BETTING TIPS: HOW TO BET ON MATCHES

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?

Bettingpro.com 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…

Winner

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.

Handicap

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.

Half-Time/Full-Time

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.

UEFA CUP/UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE HISTORY

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.

UEFA CUP/UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE RECORDS

MOST UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE TITLES: Sevilla - 5

MOST CONSECUTIVE UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE TITLES: Sevilla - 3 (2014, 2015, 2016)

COUNTRY WITH MOST UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE WINNERS: Spain - 11

MOST UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE FINAL DEFEATS: Borussia Monchengladbach - 2

MOST UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE APPEARANCES: Giuseppe Bergomi - 96

MOST UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE GOALS: Henrik Larsson - 40

MOST GOALS IN A UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE SEASON: Radamel Falcao - 17

UEFA CUP/EUROPA LEAGUE FINALS

SEASONWINNERSSCORERUNNERS-UP
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
Anderlecht
1984/85Real Madrid3-1 aggVideoton
1985/86Real Madrid5-3 aggCologne
1986/87IFK Gothenburg2-1 aggDundee United
1987/88Bayer Leverkusen3-3 agg
3-2 pens
Espanyol
1988/89Napoli5-4 aggStuttgart
1989/90Juventus3-1 aggFiorentina
1990/91Inter Milan2-1 aggRoma
1991/92Ajax2-2 agg
Away Goals
Torino
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
1998/99Parma3-0Marseille
1999/00Galatasaray0-0
4-1 pens
Arsenal
2000/01Liverpool5-4 (AET)Deportivo Alaves
2001/02Feyenoord3-2Borussia Dortmund
2002/03Porto3-2 (AET)Celtic
2003/04Valencia2-0Marseille
2004/05CSKA Moscow3-1Sporting Lisbon
2005/06Sevilla4-0Middlesbrough
2006/07Sevilla2-2
3-1 pens
Espanyol
2007/08Zenit St Petersburg2-0Rangers
2008/09Shakhtar Donetsk2-1 (AET)Werder Bremen
2009/10Atletico Madrid2-1 (AET)Fulham
2010/11Porto1-0Braga
2011/12Atletico Madrid3-0Athletic Bilbao
2012/13Chelsea2-1Benfica
2013/14Sevilla0-0
4-2 pens
Benfica
2014/15Sevilla3-2Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
2015/16Sevilla3-1Liverpool
2016/17Manchester United2-0Ajax
2017/18Marseile0-3Atletico Madrid

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