Europa League Quarterfinals Draw Yields Four 'Anyone-Can-Win' Matchups

Kevin Stott

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 4:44 PM UTC

Tuesday, Mar. 21, 2017 4:44 PM UTC

Let’s look at all four draws, fresh UEFA EL championship odds as well as odds to advance from each series along with three Leg 1 picks for your consumption.

The draw for the Quarterfinal round of the UEFA Europa League soccer tourney was held Friday in Nyon, Switzerland and Zlatan Ibrahimovic and tourney favorites Manchester United got a relative tough draw with Anderlecht with those little ping pong balls also leaving us with Lyon-Besiktas, Celta-Genk and FC Schalke-Ajax matchups in the three other series.


UEFA Europa League Quarterfinals Draw Leaves Manchester United Tournament Favorites

The draw for the UEFA Europa League Quarterfinals was held in Nyon, Switzerland last Friday and the pots were kinder to matchups here than in the big brother UEFA Champions League with oddsmakers favorites Manchester United (-625 to Advance) drawing Belgian Pro League side Anderlecht (+350 to Advance), Ligue 1’s Lyon (-278 to Advance, Intertops) getting defending Turkish Süper Lig champions Besiktas (+190 to Advance). Also, Fußball-Bundesliga side FC Schalke 04 (-167 to Advance) will face Dutch Eredivisie 2nd-place finishers Ajax (+120 to Advance) with Spainish La Liga club Celta de Vigo (-278 to Advance) facing Belgian Pro League 4th-place finisher, Genk (+190 to Advance) in the last Quarterfinal series.

UEL Quarterfinal Leg 1 matches will be held Thursday, April 13 with Leg 2 fixtures scheduled a week later on Thursday, April 20. The UEL Semifinal draw will be held April 21 again in Nyon with Semifinal Leg 1’s on May 4 and Leg 2’s on May 11, and the Final will be held at Friends Arena in Solna, (Stockholm) Switzerland on Wednesday, May 24, 2017.

Spanish side Sevilla—who qualified for the UEFA Champions League this year and were eliminated in the Round of 16 by a fierce Leicester City comeback in England in Leg 2—had won the last three Europa League Finals with La Liga sides taking five of the last seven trophies with only Chelsea (2013) and FC Porto (2011) being able to break the Spanish spell with Atlético Madrid winning it in both 2010 and 2012.

Here are fresh Futures odds (Outrights) to win the 2016/17 UEFA Europa League


2017 UEFA Europa League — (Intertops, March 20)

Manchester United +130

Olympique Lyonnais +300

RC Celta de Vigo +650

FC Schalke 04 +800

Ajax Amsterdam +1200

Besiktas JK +1600

KRC Genk +2800

RSC Anderlecht +2800

 Europa League Quarterfinals Leg 1 Top Picks

The Quarterfinals Leg 1’s have some seemingly decent betting opportunities and picks with Spanish side Celta hosting Genk on April 13 (15:05; CELTA -182, GENK +450, DRAW +290, 2½o -118, Intertops) in a match in which the host Célticos should win by 2, fearing that return Belgian leg. A good match on the Soccer oddsboard where both Side and Total look appetizing is Lyon-Besiktas in France with the hosts capable of scoring 3 goals themselves with Lacazette (3 goals UEL), Nabil Fekir (4 goal) and Mouctar Diakhaby (3 goals) meaning backing the Total (2½o -182, Intertops) Over seems a logical approach.


UEFA Europa League Winner Pick: RC Celta de Vigo +650Free Quarterfinals Leg 1 Picks: Celta -177, Lyon -182, Lyon-Besiktas Over 2½ -182Best Line Offered: at Intertops
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