Europa League

UEFA Europa League preview: Which team will earn Europa League delight on 21st August?

Europa League is coming back, and with it all the thrill and excitement we were part of a few months ago! We provide a rundown of the state of play, schedule, players, and more…

When is the Europa League returning?

The Europa League will return on August 5th. A Wednesday night repertoire will see four separate games to be played on the evening. First two of them – Shakhtar vs Wolfsburg and Kobenhavn vs Istanbul Basaksehir – will be played at 5:55 pm GMT. Fortunately, the evening doesn’t end up on this two with Man Utd vs LASK and Inter Milan vs Getafe to be played later on at 8 pm GMT.

How are games being scheduled in the Europa League?

It’s not your usual Europa League fixture. The tournament has been accelerated massively, with brief summer preparations yet to come before the start of the new 2020/21 season. It’s officially scheduled that Round of 16 matches will be held on 5-6 August, quarterfinals on 10-11 August, semi-finals on 16-17 August and final on 21st August.

Moreover, the games from now on will be played as a straight knockout stage, therefore unusually for European Cups there will be no two-leg matches we were all accustomed to.

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Are Europa League teams playing at their own stadiums?

Round of 16 games will be played at the home ground of the hosts except for Inter vs Getafe and Sevilla vs Roma. They will play both matches in Germany. Inter vs Getafe game will be hosted in Gelsenkirchen on Veltins-Arena and Sevilla vs Roma in Duisburg on MSV-Arena. They will play further stages of the competition across four cities in Germany: Gelsenkirchen, Dusseldorf, Cologne and Duisburg.

What time will kick off be in the Europa League?

They will play round of 16 games as usual at 5:55 pm GMT and 8:00 pm GMT. They will then play Quarter-finals at 8:00 pm GMT. The times of further stages of the tournament haven’t been released yet.

What is the state of play in the Europa League?

The quarter-finals drawn on July 10th are as follows:

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What have been the talking points in the Europa League this season?

  • Istanbul Basaksehir with a dream comeback. The Turkish team faced popular Sporting in Round of 32. The first leg played in Portugal ended up unfortunately for the guests as a 3-1 defeat. Many said the Turks will need a miracle to vault better Lions. The second leg was one of the most spectacular clashes seen in Europa League this season. Basaksehir made an enormous comeback and sealed a win in a huge 4-1 result, therefore got promoted to another stage of the tournament.
  • 21 goals, 6 clean sheets and 2 goals conceded. Man Utd is one of the biggest threats for the opposition in Europa League. Statistically, they are on another level defensively and offensively. They have registered the highest 2.33 GPG, the most clean sheets (6) and conceded only two goals so far among the Europa League qualifiers.
  • Arsenal eliminated by Olympiakos. Arsenal first thought as one of the potential teams to play in the tournament’s final, got eliminated in a shocking two-leg match against Olympiacos. Nobody expected The Gunners to lose so quickly, right after the group stage in the Round of 32. The first game between both teams ended 1:0 in favour for Arsenal stepping into the second leg. However, the rematch held in London didn’t go as planned for the hosts – Olympiacos won 2-1 with a dramatic last-minute goal, which got them promoted to the Round of 16.
  • Fallen angel aiming for final. Inter Milan was one club who ended their Champions League journey on a 3rd place in the group stage, therefore continued their actions in Europa League. It’s fair to say the Italians are looking very dangerous and are confidently aiming for final. They have taken 32 shots and scored four goals against Ludogorets in the two-leg clash last time out, which is a validation of their offensive potential. We should not forget that they are the ones who finished their Serie A season with the second-highest 2.13 GPG and the least 0.95 goals conceded a match.

Who are the top players in the Europa League this season?

  • Bruno Fernandes (Man Utd): The Portuguese predominated Premier League by contributing to 15 goals in 14 league games since his transfer in late January. The things don’t look so different in the European Cups too. The No.10 scored six goals and assisted four times in this year’s Europa League edition and contributed massively to Sporting’s and Man Utd’s performance on the pitch.
  • Edin Visca (Basaksehir): The Bosnian is the club’s one of the most vitalist and crucial parts, the team’s pillar who, as an experienced 30-year-old, has a lot of influence on the squad. He has scored the only goal in a 1-0 result against Kobenhavn last time out in the Round of 16.
  • Sergio Romero (Man Utd): Perhaps Man Utd haven’t yet faced a worthy opponent in Europa League this season, but it doesn’t downgrade the work the Argentinian has done between the posts. Ole’s second pick in goal registered six clean sheets so far in Europa League and conceded only two goals, which is so far the best result among the competition’s goalkeepers.
  • Munir El-Haddadi (Sevilla): Ex-Barcelona player and one of the brightest prospects in La Liga in 2015/16, has been very important for Sevilla in Europa League this season. The Spaniard scored five goals and recorded one assist. He also sealed an impressive treble in just 39 minutes of play against Dudelange in November.

Can I bet on the Europa League matches behind-closed-doors?

Yes. At Mark Jarvis, we have over 80 different markets for each match in the Europa League. For Europa League markets, click here.

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