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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.

PAOK Saloniki v Chelsea (17:55 BST)

The Maurizio Sarri era at Chelsea could not have got off to a better start. The Blues have reeled off five straight victories in the Premier League, with last weekend’s 4-1 demolition of Cardiff City has sent them top of the table on goal difference, and they will want to keep their momentum going when they cross over into European competition this week. Sarri is likely to make some changes to his starting XI for the trip to Greece to face PAOK Saloniki, but you still have to fancy their chances of returning home with a victory. PAOK suffered a 4-1 battering when they hosted Benfica in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League last month and it can certainly be argued that the Blues are a much tougher opponent than the Portuguese side. Therefore I expect Chelsea to overcome a one-goal handicap and make it six straight victories in all competitions to start the season.

Sevilla v Standard Liege (17:55 BST)

If there is a club out there that is immediately identifiable with this competition it is Sevilla. The Spanish side won the Europa League three seasons running between 2013 and 2016, but they were able to take a welcome ‘break’ from the competition during the past couple of seasons as they competed at the top table in Europe, the Champions League. They are back in the Europa League this season though, and after cruising through the qualifying stages they are considered one of the leading contenders to go all the way. I certainly expect them to make a winning start when they host Standard Liege on Thursday evening. The Belgian side dropped into this competition after losing to Ajax in Champions League qualifying and their form going into this tie is not good. Sevilla have not been flawless themselves, but that strong defence has already been racking up clean sheets this season and they recorded five during the qualifying stages of the Europa League, conceding just once in six games. So with all of this in mind, Sevilla to win to nil looks to be a very solid bet here. 

Villarreal v Rangers (17:55 BST)

Rangers bounced back from their latest Old Firm defeat by storming to a 4-0 win over Dundee at the weekend – it could have, and perhaps should have, been more. That is certainly what manager Steven Gerrard felt because he urged his side to be more “relentless and ruthless” following the game. ‘Relentless and ruthless’ will not be the approach to Thursday night though, more disciplined and stubborn. The fact Rangers are even in the group stage of this competition is a major success for a playing squad that has undergone a gigantic overhaul in the summer. They have passed some tricky tests to get this far, but despite all of the positivity surrounding the Glasgow giants it is hard to see them taking anything from this trip to Villarreal. The Spanish side have not made a good start to the season domestically, but they should be too strong for the Gers. Gerrard’s men will put up a stubborn resistance, but ultimate Villarreal will find a way through and they will win the match. It will not be a rout though – Rangers have looked a lot stronger at the back this season.

Arsenal v Vorskla (20:00 BST)

After a couple of defeats to start the season, Arsenal appear to be finding their feet under new manager Unai Emery. Some favourable fixtures have certainly helped their cause, but the fact remains you can only beat what is put in front of you and those wins over West Ham United, Cardiff City and Newcastle United will have them feeling much more positive at this time. Arsenal will now look to make it four wins on the bounce on Thursday and you have to believe that Emery will be taking this competition very seriously because winning this competition appears to be their most realistic route back into the Champions League next season. The Gunners open up against a Vorskla side that have made a decent start to their season, but the key statistic is the fact that the Ukrainian side have now lost all four of their away games so far. They were hammered 4-1 when they visited Shakhtar Donetsk just over a month ago and we could well see a similar result at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday night.

Celtic v Rosenborg (20:00 BST)

Celtic’s failure to qualify for the Champions League group stage caused something of a mini-crisis at Celtic Park, but from a competitive point of view they have a much better chance at enjoying a decent run in the Europa League. They kick things off with a home game against Rosenborg on Thursday night, and if this fixture looks familiar it is because these two teams have already met twice this season. Brendan Rodgers’ side beat Rosenborg during the qualifying stages of the Champions League and they did the damage with a 3-1 win in the first leg at Celtic Park. I see no reason with the Scottish champions cannot record a similar result in this latest meeting, so backing them to overcome a one-goal handicap should prove to be a winning bet on their Europa League group stage opener.

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2018/19 EUROPA LEAGUE PREDICTION MARKETS

Europa League Winner

BEST BOOKMAKERS FOR BETTING ON THE UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE

There is no shortage of bookmaker websites where you can place your bets on the UEFA Europa League, but with so many bookies to choose from which ones offer the most competitive odds and the best service?

Not only does Bettingpro.com offer advice on what bets you should place on the UEFA Europa League, we also offer advice on which bookmakers you should use. Our comprehensive reviews give you a rundown of what you can expect from the bookies when you become a customer of theirs.

Is there an incentive to sign up at the website - ie. free bets, risk-free bets etc? Are their odds competitive? Do they offer much variety in the way of markets? Can I bet In-Play? What special promotions can I use to insure my bet or boost my pay-out if it is a winner? What standard of customer service can I expect?

All of those questions, and more, are answered in our reviews that you can access HERE.

UEFA Europa League Free Bets & Sign-Up Offers

The sign-up incentive has become a staple of the betting industry with bookmakers now offering new customers the chance to claim free bets, risk-free bets and more when they register for a new online account.

But what offers are available to you right now? Below is Bettingpro.com's favourite bookmaker welcome offers at this time...

UEFA Europa League Bookmaker Offers

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A whole host of bookmakers now offer special promotions for every round of fixtures in the UEFA Europa League, ranging from special price enhancements to money back specials, and Bettingpro.com has a rundown of the latest offers available...

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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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