Europa League Winner Predictions, Odds & Picks 2021

Europa League Winner 2021

  • The Europa League is the second-most prestigious tournament in European soccer
  • Forty-eight teams entered the group stage of the competition in October
  • Manchester United will take on Villarreal in the 2021 Champions League final

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The Europa League is the second-biggest club competition in European soccer. Launched as the UEFA Cup in 1971 as a replacement for the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, it has been held on an annual basis ever since.

The UEFA Cup was initially a straight knockout tournament before a group stage was added in the 2004/05 edition. It was rebranded in 2009 and has been known as the Europa League since then.

Since 2014/15, the winners of the Europa League automatically qualify for the following season’s Champions League. That has made the prize even more attractive than it once was, offering a route into European soccer’s elite competition.

The winners of the Europa League also qualify for the UEFA Super Cup, which pits them against the Champions League victors in a one-off game.

Europa League Winner 2021 Odds

Odds taken 7 May, 2021 from DraftKings Sportsbook

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Who Will Win the Europa League 2021?

Manchester United are the favorites to win the Europa League. They beat Real Sociedad, AC Milan, Granada, and Roma to book their place in the final for the second time in the club’s history.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, their manager, has never won the Europa League before. United began this season in the Champions League, but a third-place finish in their group saw them drop into the knockout stage of the Europa League.

Villarreal is the underdogs to win the Champions League. They beat Red Bull Salzburg, Dynamo Kyiv, Dinamo Zagreb, and Arsenal to qualify for the final for the first time in the club’s history.

Unai Emery, their manager, is the joint-most successful manager in Europa League history alongside Giovanni Trapattoni. The Spaniard has won the tournament three times with Sevilla and also reached the final with Arsenal in 2019.

Who Were the Europa League Winners Last Year?

Sevilla were the Europa League winners last year. They overcame Cluj, Roma, Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Manchester United to reach the final, which was held in Cologne.

Bayern beat Inter 3-2 in an empty stadium due to the coronavirus pandemic. Inter had knocked out Ludogorets Razgrad, Getafe, Bayer Leverkusen and Shakhtar Donetsk to reach their first ever final.

Luuk de Jong scored two goals for Sevilla, but the winner was a Romelu Lukaku’s own goal in the 74th minute.

Which Team Has Won the Europa League the Most Times?

Club and Number of Wins Most Recent Triumph
Sevilla – 6 2020
Inter – 3 1998
Liverpool – 3 2001
Juventus – 3 1993
Atletico Madrid – 3 2018
Borussia Monchengladbach – 2 1979
Tottenham Hotspur – 2 1984
Feyenoord – 2 2002
IFK Goteborg – 2 1987
Parma – 2 1999
Real Madrid – 2 1986
Porto – 2 2011
Chelsea – 2 2019

Sevilla are the most successful team in the history of the UEFA Cup/Europa League. The Spanish side are way out in front with six triumphs, all of which have come since 2006. Sevilla won three in a row between 2014 and 2016.

Inter, Liverpool, Juventus and Atletico Madrid are joint-second on the list with three successes apiece, followed by eight clubs with two trophies each. A total of 28 teams from 11 countries have won the UEFA Cup/Europa League.

England and Germany have provided the largest number of individual winners, with five clubs from each country having triumphed, but the success of Sevilla means Spain has supplied the most victors overall with 12. Villarreal have the chance to become the first new winners since Manchester United, who they will face in Gdansk on May 26, in 2017.

Benfica and Marseille have finished as runners-up more often than any other teams, with three defeats in the final each. Neither side has won the trophy. Sevilla have a 100 per cent winning record in the six finals they have contested.

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