We've already released our futures odds report on what the Champions League will look like next season and now it's time to talk about the Europa, with some quality sides in the running for the trophy. Which teams are on top of the list?
The numbers all figure to change once we get closer to the real competition, with the addition of those who get knocked out of the Champions League running sure to make a difference in the futures odds. Regardless, here is our very early look into the soccer betting lines for the 2014/15 Europa League.
It was another tumultuous season for Tottenham in 2013/14. They finished sixth in the Premier League and were knocked out relatively early in the domestic cups and the Europa League (Round of 16) as well. There was plenty of turmoil to deal with, but ultimately it was a disappointing showing from the London-based club. We should expect more consistency out of Spurs this time around, not that they've figured out their manager, and will hopefully stick with him. Will Mauricio Pochettino turn things around? He's certainly got a number of talented players to work with.
Inter Milan (+1600)
After failing to add any silverware to their extensive collection this past campaign, Inter Milan will be motivated as ever to become a top-tier team in Europe once again. They finished fifth in Serie A in 2013/14 and were knocked out of the Coppa Italia in the Round of 16. Rodrigo Palacio is coming off an excellent individual season and will try to lead the line in style again this coming season, but the big news is the addition of former Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic, who will immediately step in and make the club better.
As the defending champions, Sevilla has been given a realistic chance of defending their title in 2014/15. The Sevillistas ended up in fifth place in La Liga last season, behind only Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao. They'll hope to make a big impact in the competition again this year, with Kevin Gameiro and Carlos Bacca the two standout attacking players. The pair combined for 29 goals in 2013/14.
Following a reasonably successful campaign which saw them finish fourth in Serie A and reach the final of the Coppa Italia, we're not taken aback to see Fiorentina this high on the list. This is a team that has a good amount of quality littered throughout the squad. It starts with Giuseppe Rossi, who led the side with 17 goals across all competitions. Don't forget about the likes of Juan Cuadrado, who's really making a name for himself in the World Cup, as well as striker Mario Gomez either. Viola could go far this season.
There were definitely highlights for the Toffees in 2013/14, primarily in the Premier League where the team finished a very respectable fifth. They may have fallen short in the two cup competitions, but they made up for it with some stellar league showings. It's clear Everton made the right choice in bringing Roberto Martinez on board and you'd have to think improvements will continue to be made. Young Ross Barkley is one to watch, there's no question about that.
Other notable teams to consider for your soccer picks: Borussia Monchengladbach (+3300), Wolfsburg (+3300), Hull City (+10000)