Understanding Europa League Standings
The UEFA Europa League has 32 high-level club teams who contest a six-match Group Stage in an attempt to advance to the knockout stage. There are four teams in each of the eight groups and each team plays other teams in their group twice, both home and away.
Group Stage Europa League standings follow the same format as the Champions League. Teams receive no points for a loss, one point is awarded for a tie and three points are earned for a win. There’s no extra time until the knockout stage, so each 90 minute result is final.
Europa League standings and scores are final on the sixth and final game of the Group Stage. On that matchday, each team plays at the same time as the others in their group. Parlay betting is quite popular on the last matchday.
In December once the group stage is over, the team in each group with the most points earns a bye to the Round of 16. In each group, the second-place teams earn a place in the preliminary knockout round as group runners-up, where they are randomly drawn vs. a third-place team from the UEFA Champions League.
Then, the teams who finish third in their respective groups are dropped down to the third-tier UEFA Conference League first knockout round. Fourth place teams are eliminated from UEFA competitions altogether for the rest of the season.
The tiebreaker at the end of the Group Stage is points in head-to-head matches then goal difference, if necessary. Group winners are drawn vs. the preliminary knockout round winners in the Round of 16. Teams are also randomly drawn ahead of the quarterfinals and semifinals
Point spreads in the knockout rounds will consider each team’s Group Stage performance and recent form in other competitions.Follow us on Twitter