The 49th season of the Europa League is underway and as the games begin, it’s time to think about who the dark horses of the competition may be. These five teams are ones to watch out for as the competition unfolds, including some of the specific players that fans of this campaign will want to look out for. If you’re struggling who to put your bet on this year, these football betting guides will be able to help you out with exactly that.
Manchester United ended last season with a place for the 2019/20 Europa League campaign and Ole Gunnar Solskjær is looking likely to give the younger players a chance in the group stages. However, once the knockout stages start up, they have a great reason to give it their all and really take this competition seriously. It could be difficult for the squad to secure a top four finish in the Premier League so the United side could be going all out to win this competition.
Last season’s finalists Arsenal will no doubt be looking forward to another chance at this competition and with their active transfer period, with signings from David Luiz, Kieran Tierney and Dani Ceballos, they’re in great shape to take the campaign by storm. It will be interesting to see how their line-up performs – Ivorian winger Nicolas Pepe is a particularly strong prospect who could definitely give them the edge in the latter stages. Domestically speaking, Arsenal is a team at a crossroads, but they have a great quality squad and are sure to be serious contenders.
With a new coach to guide them through the competition, Sevilla finished the last two La Liga seasons in 7th and 6th place but they have a history that has seen them win the Europa League three times between 2014 and 2016. Sevilla has a great team of players and is well worth keeping an eye on during the group stages, including Oliver Torres and Munir El Haddadi.
Wolves won more points last season domestically against the top six than the bottom six which is an impressive result and they’re a team that is keen to apply their skills well. They have some great players and manager Nuno Espirito Santo is one for maintaining a consistent squad, so balancing these players could be an interesting challenge for him. They’ve had a poor start in the early stages but if they can pull it around, it could be a great competition for them.
Roma are in the process of rebuilding their squad and they just missed out on the UEFA Champions League spot so now, under new management, there’s a lot of confidence from fans that they will be up for putting in a great season. Some players to watch out for include Nicolo Zaniolo, Justin Kluivert and Cengiz Under and with them on side, it’s not inconceivable that they could secure at least a quarter-final spot. It’s also worth remembering that manager Paulo Fonsesca’s European knowledge will stand this team in good stead as the competition unfolds.