The Europa League final round of 32 will host some of Europe's finest football squads, but the Premier League title challengers Tottenham Hotspur remain the bookmaker's favourite to lift the trophy this year (7.00 @ Paddy Power).
This term's group stage efforts were nearly flawless, and Jose Mourinho is all too familiar with claiming silverware in Europe. Jose Mourinho managed the previous two times. In the Europa League, his teams Porto (2003) and Manchester United (2017) took the trophy home.
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Europa League Tottenham Prediction
Tottenham was topping the Premier League, confident and playing consistent football the last time they competed in the Europa League. But their recent domestic performances are showing ominous signs of health for the London side.
Qualification into the Carabao Cup final is a positive, but a drop from the top of the table to a mid-tier standing is a tough pill to swallow. Mourinho's EPL title aspirations have taken a considerable blow. Perhaps his concentration will turn to the Europa Cup. Still, we do not believe that Tottenham can tackle Manchester United, AC Milan, Leicester and a range of other in-form teams they might face throughout the tournament.
Tottenham UEL Outright Odds: Tottenham to win the Europa League 7.00 [+600] 6/1 at Paddy Power (visit our Paddy Power Review)
If a manager was more eager than most to claim silverware in Europe, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would top the list. Fairly new to the elite stage, Solskjaer is attempting to follow the footsteps of his predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson with a United team triumphant in all competitions.
Eliminated from the Champions League thanks to RB Leipzig and Paris Saint Germaine, United are now faced with a new European task at hand. A second chance at glory in the Europa League form will see Manchester United join their domestic foes Tottenham and Leicester, who Solskjaer is currently out-pointing in the Premier League.
Europa League Manchester United Prediction
If taking current form into account, Manchester United is the deserving favourites, and with a price of 6.5/1, it seems to be the most promising future prediction on the board.
Though unsuccessful in Europe during his managerial career, Solskjaer and his United squad made it to the semi-finals of last year's tournament, receiving a severe 2-1 loss to the eventual tournament winners Sevilla.
Drawing Real Sociedad in the final round of 32 will not be a walk in the park, but should United defeat the Spanish challengers, their confidence could become unbreakable into the finals.
Manchester United UEL Outright Odds: Manchester United to win the Europa League 7.50 [+650] 6.5/1 at William Hill (visit our William Hill Review)
English Premier League squads dominate the best bookmaker's odds. Still, AC Milan conquering their domestic league and suffering a mere two defeats in the Serie A could prepose a real threat to all English teams.
AC Milan has outplayed their rivals Inter Milan & Juventus this season, remaining in the first place of the Serie A for most of the season. Claiming fourteen wins from twenty domestic fixtures leaves the Rossoneri as a fearful competitor.
Europa League AC Milan Prediction
The available odds on Milan leave them as the third favourite. However, they are the only squad in the tournament who are top of an elite European domestic league.
If you are hunting for an outsider to collect the Europa League this term, AC Milan could be the sleeper squad. Stefano Pioli's squad will be eager to taste success in a similar fashion to Zlatan Ibrahimović eagerness to score goals.
AC Milan UEL Outright Odds: AC Milan to win the Europa League @ 11.00 [+1000] 10/1 at Bet365 (visit our Bet365 Review)