Europa League betting enters the semi-finals this week. With a spot in the coveted final on the line, join us as we examine the Europa League odds board and serve up our soccer betting predictions.
Europa League Quarterfinals Recap
Europa League moves on into the semis without it' top favorite to win it all, Wolfsburg. The Bundesliga high flyers were dumped in the quarterfinals by Napoli. They did settle on a scoreless draw in the second leg of their tie in Napoli, but only after suffering a comprehensive 4-1 loss at home that effectively put the tie firmly out of their reach and with it went their hopes of European grandeur.
Predictably, Napoli emerge as the new favorites on the Europa League odds board (Table 1) to win the competition outright at +138. Beating competition favorites Wolfsburg has a hand in that move; as well, avoiding both defending champions Sevilla and domestic rivals Fiorentina in the semis adds weight to their favorable soccer betting odds.
Table 1: Europa League Odds Board
Napoli Are Top Betting Faves
Napoli draw competition lightweights Dnipro in the semis, a fortuitous turn of events that lends itself nicely towards their favorable +138 soccer odds to win it all. Or is it?
Granted avoiding defending champions Sevilla and domestic rivals Fiorentina has its perceived advantages, but the upsets and drama that have occurred throughout the course of this tournament serve as a sober reminder that they have all to do yet to win it all. What's more, Napoli have had a rather easy path into the semi-finals, coming up against several competition lightweights. One has to wonder if that will come back to bite them.
Indeed, Dnipro have shaken things up in Europe's second tier competition. Defying the soccer odds, they reach the semi-finals at the expense of Guingamp, Ajax and CLub Brugge. Napoli are a bigger ask for the Ukrainian hopefuls, but they'll fancy their chances surely, particularly with the return leg at home.
FIorentina Dangerous Floaters
On the opposite side of the draw is the highly anticipated billing between Sevilla and Fiorentina, both set a smidgen apart on the Europa League odds board to win the coveted title. Sevilla have the edge over Fiorentina to win the tie and with it reach the finals. They have experience and pedigree. But Fiorentina have been a revelation in the knockouts of this tournament. They didn't have an easy path either. Rather it was a tough road to reach the semis and they just might be up for another tough fight.
The Italians dumped Tottenham, Rome and Dynamo Kyiv in the knockouts to book their spot in the last four. Sevilla, meanwhile, are into the semis after beating solid opponents in Mochengladbacj, Villarreal and Zenit Quite, with all the upsets and drama that have occurred throughout the course of this tournament, even Napoli are in no way a certain bet to win it all.
Soccer Betting Verdict:
The forecast on the cards is for a Napoli vs. Sevilla showdown in the final of Europa League this season; that is, if the soccer odds were any indication. That said, this tournament has yielded more surprises than results going according to plan. So another surprise would be par for the course. For our money, we're banking on an All-Italian showdown in the finals with Fiorentina coming up trumps over Napoli. There it is, our bold soccer pick.
Soccer Picks: Fiorentina at +300 to win the title