When the international football break is over, club football will resume across the world. In Europe, the action will be intensified by the resumption of both Champions League and Europa League football.
As we count down to a new season of Europa League football, 64 teams will be heavily involved from the get-go. For the first 6 MatchDays, it’ll be all about the race to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition.
When it comes to such a hectic competition, which teams are favorites to scale through to the next round?
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You can start with the bookies’ favorite to win the competition, Arsenal. The Gunners have been drawn alongside Rapid Vienna, Molde, and Dundalk in Group B. Mikel Arteta seems to have put together quite a solid side that can go all the way in the competition. And the North London side will fancy their chances this time around after coming close a few years ago.
Also in with a very strong shout to scale through the group stage is Tottenham. Mourinho has strengthened his squad, and haven taken them through the qualifiers, the Premier League side will be raring to go.
The gaffer has prioritized the competition and it’ll be fun to see how far they can go.
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Outside England, AC Milan are one of the favorites to go all the way. Priced at odds of 12.00 odds to win the competition, and boasting one of the youngest squads in Italy, Milan look exciting this season.
After surviving a 24-penalty shootout in Portugal, they now have to find a way past Celtic, Lille, and Sparta Prague in Group H.
In Italy, Napoli and AS Roma are two other clubs who are also strong contenders to make light work of their UEL journey. Nothing is written in stone in such a complex tournament. However, they have all had an amazing start to the season and may ride that wave on their way to making the most of their group stage journey.
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In Spain, most of the top names are playing Champions League football. Nevertheless, the likes of Real Sociedad and Villarreal will be involved in the Europa League this season. From Germany, Bayer Leverkusen is the biggest name to represent the country.
The Europa League is the perfect combination of Europe’s elite teams and the ones trying to get a bigger share of the spotlight. It’s another season for the goals, for the fun, and all the action. What are your expectations for the tournament this season? Which teams are you rooting for?
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