Europa League Matchups

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Date: February 16th, 2023

Understanding Europa League Fixtures & Matchups

Teams who qualify for the UEFA Europa League Group Stage play six matches, home and away vs. the other three teams in their group. In each of the eight groups, the top two teams in the standings progress to the knockout stage, along with the eight third-place teams from the Champions League Group Stage. With a bunch of high-level teams on display, there are plenty of excellent Europa League fixtures and matchups to bet on.

Soccer is different from many other sports in the sense that matches can and often end in draws. So, instead of just two options for moneyline betting, there are three. That said, the most common lines for soccer betting are point spreads, called goal-lines, match and team totals and three-way moneylines.

When considering betting on the Europa League, be aware that many teams have a limited head-to-head history. It can be tough to know how teams from varying countries will match up versus one another but understanding their preferred style of play, quality of roster and manager’s experience can be helpful.

There are typically a few blowouts in the Group Stage, but the gulf between teams gets smaller and smaller as the competition goes on. Europa League odds only consider the first 90 minutes even though extra time and penalties can be played in case of a knockout stage deadlock.

When betting, consider play styles and matchup history as well as yellow and red card suspensions, injuries and a team’s form in all competitions. If one team has a much better record against the goal line or team total, that could also potentially provide useful insight.

An important aspect of Europa League final betting is the fact that the match is always played at a neutral stadium.

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