UEFA Europa League 2021/22 Betting Preview
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UEFA Europa League 2021/22 Betting Preview

UEFA Europa League qualifying is finished, and the draw is set. With that done, it is the perfect time to look at the slate and make some early predictions on the tournament.

Thirty-two teams are about to embark on their quest to capture the 2022 UEFA Europa League championship. Find out of the ones competing, who is the best bet, plus more in our UEFA Europa League 2022 betting preview.  

Best Bet to Win the 2022 UEFA Europa League

To Win the 2022 Europa LeagueSports Interaction
Leicester City8.00
Lazio Roma11.00
Bayer 04 Leverkusen12.00
West Ham12.00
Real Sociedad12.00
Eintracht Frankfurt17.00
Real Betis25.00
Olympique Marseille30.00
Glasgow Rangers35.00
As Monaco35.00

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As any fan of the UEFA Europa tournament knows, the entire field of teams competing is not yet set. The eight third-place clubs from the 2021-22 UEFA Champions League play the eight second-place teams from the Europa League Knockout Stage. Because of this, our betting preview is entirely on the teams qualified (and no clubs we think could finish third in the Champs League and win the Europa).

Leicester City the Best Bet to Win the Tournament

Although Leicester City’s draw is one of the toughest – as they paired with Knockout Stage favourite Napoli – we still like their chances at winning the tournament. For one, the other clubs in their group – FC Spartak Moscow and Legia Warszawa – are not very good. In fact, Legia Warszawa has the worst soccer betting odds to win the Europa.

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Leicester City is also coming off a highly competitive season in the EPL – where they should have made the Champions League. Leicester lost their final two matches of the season to fall from third to fifth on the table. They still managed to finish with 66 points that season and a +18 goal differential.

The club has depth at scoring – with four players scoring over ten goals or more in all competitions. Jamie Vardy is the club’s leader and veteran scorer finished with 17 goals. Kelechi Iheanacho was also excellent, adding 19 goals for the year. The club also spent in the offseason, adding Patson Daka and Boubakary Soumare. Daka is an excellent goal scorer and intelligent player who could one day replace Vardy as the team’s top-scoring threat.

Early results in the EPL also look solid for Leicester. While they lost to West Ham – partly due to a red card, they have won their other two games of the season. If they can play smart and stay healthy, they have the talent to compete in the tournament. Also, considering the draw for the 2021-22 Champions League, only the third-place clubs from Group B – either Atletico Madrid, Liverpool, AC Milan, or Porto – is a guaranteed threat to Leicester City.

Leicester City To Win the 2021-22 Europa League
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Best Underdog to Bet will Win the 2022 Europa League

Last year’s champion – and 2021 Super Cup winner – Villarreal FC, entered the Group Stage of the tournament at 18.33 odds to win (give or take a few points depending on the sportsbook). There are a few clubs in that range with Olympique Lyonnais sticking out.

Lyon missed out on the Europa and Champions League in 2020-21, due to a seventh-place finish in Ligue 1. However, they generally make either tournament and have played well in both. They made the Europa League Semi-Finals in 2017, losing a close two legs to Ajax. In 2019-20, they made the semi-finals of the Champions League, beating Juventus (with Ronaldo) and Manchester City before falling to Bayern Munich.

Lyon is coming off a productive year in Ligue 1. They finished fourth last season with the third-best goal differential (+38) and the second-most goals scored (81). Lyon was not overly active over the previous year but did make a good move adding Xherden Shaqiri.

Shaqiri was a good player for Liverpool the last few years, helping them win the EPL and UEFA Champions League. His addition to their potent offence makes Lyon the best underdog to win the 2022 Europa League.  

Lyon To Win the 2021-22 Europa League
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Best Group State Bet – Group B

To Win Group BSports Interaction
Real Sociedad2.15
As Monaco2.90
PSV Eindhoven4.10
SK Sturm Graz13.01

Of the eight groups where we see good value on a club to win is Group B. While Real Sociedad is a quality team, we think the best betting value in the group is on As Monaco. Monaco finished ahead of Lyon in Ligue 1 last season, with 78 points in third place.

It is a good bounce back from an underwhelming 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons, where they finished 17th and 9th. Although the roster is relatively different, the club is also not too far removed from winning the Ligue 1 and making the Champions League Semi-Finals (the 2016-2017 season).

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The club added some decent pieces over the last year. The most significant move was acquiring Myron Boadu from AZ Alkmaar in the offseason. Boadu is an efficient striker who is great in getting position around the net. The move, while not enough to likely topple the best Europa clubs and those who come over from the Champions League, will help them compete and win their group.  

As Monaco To Win the Group B of the 2021-22 Europa League
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Best Online Sportsbooks to Bet on the 2021/22 Europa League

Find the best online sportsbooks to bet on the Europa League below. Join through the links underneath to grab an exclusive welcome bonus, which you can use to bet on the competition – with the Group Stage starting on September 15.