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Europa League Futures Betting

Posted by Jay Sanin on 11/1/2016 3:27:22 AM

While often regarded as a secondary competition, the Europa League has high stakes in that it offers teams a ticket to the Champions League who may not otherwise have a chance at one. This makes it worth wagering on and investigating in depth. And while the odds favor Manchester United to lift the trophy, there are plenty of other teams that carry value to win the tournament. All you have to do is look at the trends to see that betting Manchester United to win the Europa League is a bad idea.

Unimpressive United

Manchester United was supposed to be right there with Manchester City at the top of the Premier League this year, but that has not been the case. They have struggled big time in both the Premier League and Europa League, despite being the favorites to win the Europa League at +600 odds. The struggles have been so bad that United put out one of their best lineups last week in a the League Cup against Manchester City, who clearly could not have cared less about the match.

It was a move meant to build momentum for a team clearly lacking it, and United got a win that served more to stave off embarrassment than build positive feelings toward the rest of the season. With Jose Mourinho's mercurial nature and disdain for secondary tournaments, it is unlikely that United lift the Europa League trophy, making putting a futures bet on them a fool's errand.

Spanish Supremacy

Instead of betting on Manchester United to win the Europa League, take a look at a team from La Liga to get the job done instead. La Liga teams have won the tournament in 8 of the last 13 years, with Sevilla taking 5 of those titles. There are already three La Liga teams in the tournament, with Celta Vigo, Villareal, and Athletic Bilbao all at better than +1000 odds to get the job done. Be sure to use an odds calculator to find out what each team would yield individually. Should more Spanish teams get dropped into the tournament by finishing third in their Champions League groups, they too could be a better investment than Manchester United.

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