Soccer Picks: UEFA Europa League Round of 16 Complete Preview and Future Odds

Nikki Adams

Thursday, March 12, 2015 7:35 PM GMT

We take a comprehensive look at the entire slate for the Round of 16 in the UEFA Europa League. How do the soccer odds stack up and where are the value soccer picks.

UEFA Europa League Odds To Win Outright
Unlike the UEFA Champions League where just a handful of clear-cut favorites are trading in futures markets, the UEFA Europa League serves up a tightly-packed field where a number of teams are seen to have a viable shot to win the competition outright. To put it into numbers, Champions League futures for the teams going into the Round of 16 ranged from a low of +250 to a high of +50000. By contrast, Europe's second-tier competition is delicately poised on a range from +550 to +5000 ahead of the Round of 16. (See Table 1).

Granted several teams are favored above the rest such as Wolfsburg and Napoli, but in no way do they have the futures market cornered. This competition is notoriously prone to surprises and it appears the odds makers have adjusted the Soccer Odds board accordingly. The upshot of which is plenty of angles for profit for those keen on betting this competition. 

TEAMS

ODDS TO WIN OUTRIGHT

ODDS TO ADVANCE INTO QUARTERS

Wolfsburg

+550

-163

Napoli

+600

-333

Roma

+800

-175

Zenit St. Petersburg

+800

-250

Sevilla

+1000

-125

Villarreal

+1100

+100

Everton

+1100

-150

Fiorentina

+1400

+138

Besiktas

+1400

-188

Inter Milan

+1600

+130

Ajax

+2000

-163

Dinamo Moskva

+2500

+240

Dynamo Kyiv

+2500

+120

Torino

+3300

+188

Dnipro

+4000

+130

Club Brugge

+5000

+150

 * Odds courtesy of Bet365

UEFA Europa League Odds to Advance into the Quarterfinals

 

Zenit  vs. Torino
Zenit St. Petersburg have drawn Torino in the Round 16, a matchup that oddsmakers tip towards the former in futures markets. The Russians are the -250 favorites to advance at the expense of the Italians, who are priced at +188 on the soccer odds board. Zenit found their way into the competition after a third-place finish in Group C of Champions League. They went 2-1-3 in Europe's top-flight competition before winning their Round 32 Europa League clash over PSV, blanking the favored Dutch side 4-0 on aggregate. Torino, meanwhile, advanced through the rounds of Europe's second tier competition, going 3-2-1 in Group B for a second place finish and the overcoming Athletic Club in the thrilling Round of 32 showdown ( 5-4 on aggregate). 

Club Brugge vs. Besiktas
The clash between Club Brugge and Besiktas pits together Group winners in this competition. Club Brugge won Group B with a 3-3-0 mark while Besiktas won Group C with a 3-3-0 mark. Very little separates these two sides in the context of this competition, save for the fact that Besiktas had the tougher Round of 32 tie against Liverpool. Indeed, the Turkish side beat the soccer odds by coming from behind to advance into the Round of 16. Club Brugge by contrast had a much easier matchup against AaB in the Round of 32, as evinced by their 6-1 win on aggregate. Fittingly, Besiktas are the -188 soccer pick to advance into the quarters while the Belgians are matched at +150 to advance.

Dnipro vs. Ajax
Ajax dropped out of Champions League behind a third place finish in Group F and subpar 1-2-3 mark in the competition. Nevertheless, they got a second crack at European glory in Europa League and they are running with successfully so far. A nice draw helps, obviously. Drawing Polish side Legia was a fortuitous draw as evinced by their 4-0 win on aggregate and it appears they are slated to benefit again with a Round of 16 tie against Dnipro, one of the competition long shot bets at +4000 to win it all according to the Europa League Odds. It's not surprising that Ajax have this tie cornered on -163 soccer odds to advance. It's worth noting Dnipro aren't exactly priced out of it on +130 soccer odds to advance. The Ukrainians did punch above their perceived weight class and eliminated Olympiacos 4-2 on aggregate in the Round of 32. Perhaps, they're being written off too hastily.

Wolfsburg vs. Inter Milan
One of the most anticipated Round of 16 billings is the clash between competition faves Wolfsburg and popular Italian side Inter Milan. Wolfsburg are enjoying a banner season in Bundesliga and have taken this competition by storm. Although they finished second in Group H, they were only a point behind Everton in the table after going 3-1-2. And they dominated Sporting CP in the Round of 32, holding the Portuguese side to a 2-0 aggregate score. Inter Milan, by contrast, topped Group F with a 3-3-0 mark . They faced stiff competition in the Round of 32 against Celtic and only narrowly squeaked into the Round of 16 with a 4-3 win on aggregate. All in all, this is shaping up to be a close tie to handicap. Wolfsburg are the faves at -163 to advance but Inter Milan at +130 hold a lot of appeal for upset mongers on their Soccer Picks.

Everton vs. Dynamo Kyiv
Everton stormed to the top of Group H with a 3-2-1 mark and then decimated the Young Boys 7-1 in the Round of 32. On the strength of their European campaign thus far, they are one of the teams to spot at +1100 to win it all. Odds makers expect a straightforward clash with the Ukrainians as they price Everton at -150 to advance. Dynamo Kyiv may be one of the competition long shots at +2500 to win it all, but they are competitively priced at +120 to advance into the quarters. They put in a convincing 5-0-1 deposit in Group J play to top the section. Then, they topped French side Guingamp 4-3 on aggregate to advance into the Round of 16. This clash may not be so straightforward.

Fiorentina vs. Roma
The all-Italian billing between Fiorentina and Roma is sure to be one of the most entertaining clashes of this round. Fiorentina are surging behind sublime form and they are playing inspired football ahead of their Round of 16 date with Roma. Consider they beat one of the competition faves Tottenham Hotspur in the Round of 32, they appear underrated as the +1400 soccer pick to win the competition. Roma survived a brutal Round of 32 clash with Feyenoord  to advance into the Round of 16. Going into the Round of 32, Roma were deemed the top faves in the competition, but a less than convincing Round of 32 clash saw them fall out of favors lightly. Nevertheless, they are still amongst the top faves at +800 to win it all. It remains to be seen whether they can underscore those odds against a familiar foe.

Napoli vs. Dinamo Moskva
The Italians had one of the most straight forward Round of 32 ties in the competition, nowhere more so evinced than by the 5-0 win on aggregate over Tabzonspor. Next up is Dinamo Moskva. A decent side but not one odds makers expect will trouble the Italians. Of all the Round of 16 ties, this is the most lopsided of the lot, with Napoli matched as the -333 faves to advance into the quarters and Dinamo Moskva disadvantaged at +240 soccer odds to advance. Is it really going to be as straightforward as the odds makers would suggest.

Villarreal vs. Sevilla
The all-Spanish affair between Villarreal and Sevilla is delicately poised on a tight soccer betting line with plenty angles for profit. The pair are neck-and-neck in the futures market, just a smidgen apart with Sevilla on +1000 soccer odds and Villarreal on +1100 soccer odds to win it all. In terms of advancing into the last eight, Sevilla have the slight edge over Villarreal as the -125 faves. But all that could change dramatically with a positive showing in the first leg this Thursday. This tie could go either way, by all accounts.

So there you have it. A comprehensive look at the Europa League Round of 16, complete with some handy information and titbits to help you make solid soccer picks. May the best team win!