Europa League Live Stream, Odds, and Predictions
The UEFA Europa League 2020-21 season is upon us and the 48 participating teams have been drawn in 12 groups. The top 2 sides from each group would progress to the Round of 32, where they will be joined by the 8 clubs that are placed 3rd in the UEFA Champions League group stage. As for the UEFA Europa League 2020-21 group stage, the matches will kick off on October 22.
Back from the 2018-19 UEL finals, Arsenal are in Group B with Austrian side SK Rapid Wien, Norway’s Molde and Dundalk of Ireland. It will surely be a campaign where Mikel Arteta’s side should come through unscathed. Meanwhile, the Spurs have been handed over an easy draw with Bulgaria’s Ludogorets, LASK from Austria and the Belgian Cup winners Royal Antwerp grouped in Group J.
But Napoli are in for an entertaining group stage run with Real Sociedad, who will be trying to make life difficult for them in Group F. They will be accompanied by Netherlands’ AZ Alkmaar and the Croatian Cup winners Rijeka FC in the group stage rounds.
Apart from that, since the knock-out stages of the previous edition of the UEFA Europa League were played as a single-legged tie because of the pandemic, there’s a small change. The competition will adapt its usual format when it comes to knockout rounds and it will revert to two-legged tie for this season.
Additionally, UEFA has officially decided to continue with the 5 substitute rule for the new season thereby increasing the squad strength to 23. And the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) is allowed to be used only when the knockout stages of the competition are reached.
How to watch the UEFA Europa League 2020-21?
In the UK, BT Sport is the one stop destination for all the Europa League action and obviously it is the best place to go to watch it live.
In the US, CBS All Access is now the home of UEFA competitions including the Champions League and the Europa League for this season.
In Canada, DAZN is the sports streaming service which exclusively broadcasts the Premier League, UEFA Champions League, Europa League and Serie A in Canada.
In Australia, Optus Sport has been home to every single Europa League fixture this season and it will continue to cover the whole season and the final is no exception.
The official broadcaster for the 2020-21 Europa League in New Zealand is Sky Sports and they will be broadcasting throughout the entire season.
In India, Sony Pictures Networks continues to broadcast the UEFA Europa League for another season and they will serve Indian fans for another season.
UEL 2020-21 Outright Odds
According to bet365.com, the betting odds for the major teams to win this year’s Europa League trophy is listed below:
UEL Matches This Week
Check out the weekly odds of UEL matches in the table below:
|Date||Game||Home Win||Draw||Away Win|
|11 Mar 21 17:55||Ajax vs Young Boys||1.60||4.00||5.00||Bet Now|
|11 Mar 21 17:55||Dynamo Kiev vs Villarreal||3.80||3.50||1.95||Bet Now|
|11 Mar 21 20:00||Roma vs Shakhtar Donetsk||1.55||4.00||5.75||Bet Now|
|11 Mar 21 20:00||Olympiakos vs Arsenal||4.00||3.50||1.90||Bet Now|
|11 Mar 21 17:55||Man Utd vs AC Milan||1.65||3.60||5.50||Bet Now|
|11 Mar 21 17:55||Slavia Prague vs Rangers||2.30||3.50||2.87||Bet Now|
|11 Mar 21 20:00||Granada vs Molde||1.40||4.75||7.00||Bet Now|
|11 Mar 21 20:00||Tottenham vs Dinamo Zagreb||1.40||4.75||7.50||Bet Now|
Laliga’s midtable meddlers Granada blew out Napoli, Ajax outsmarted the French leaders, the Red Devils slew La Real, Young Boys kept the lead against Leverkusen, games of these cadre unravelled in the first leg of last-32 in the Europa League. The devastated clubs switch positions to avenge their challengers in the next leg this mid-week.
AS Roma vs Braga
Silenced at home 0-2 in the previous leg, Braga travel to the Italian capital to face AS Roma at Stadio Olimpico this Thursday. Trailing just behind Porto in Primeira Liga and four points better of Benfica, Braga does well in Portugal despite failing in Europe. None of their talented midfielders or forwards could find the net against Roma. Carlos Cavalhal deployed 4-1-4-1 against Roma’s 3-4-2-1. Not getting the result he strived for in that game, Cavalhal might switch back to a more conventional formation. As for Roma, they are marching slowly in the Italian campaign. Mkhitaryan and Veretout are the key players for Roma. With waves of empty seats and animated crowd noise, the home advantage won’t account for much in this knockout tie. Anyhow, the hosts will gain a smooth victory over the travellers.
Ajax vs Lille
Ajax welcome Lille to Johan Cruijff Arena for the second leg. Ajax trifled Lille in the first leg 1-2, centre-left defender Martinez was exceptional in the field. While Lille’s 72nd-minute goal felt like the curtains, the Dutchmen broke the French leaders’ six-game clean-sheet record just minutes before full time. Injuries in the regular team won’t affect Ajax while Burak Yilmaz is a major missing for Lille. The pioneers of total football have a strong squad. Their last defeat came when they got eliminated from the Champions League, in round 6, against Atlatanta. Injuries in the regular team won’t affect Ajax while Burak Yilmaz is a major missing for Lille. Luxembourg’s investment money keeps Lille afloat over oil money in the French league but won’t work against the Jews. The hosts will advance to the next round with some strain.
Tottenham vs Wolfsberger AC
Tottenham invite Wolfsberger AC to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for a predestined clash. In the first leg, the Spurs bossed the Austrian team 1-4 as they should. Atypical of them, the Spurs retained the ball. Gareth Bale and Son saw the net, Winks became the man of the match. But the reality is a bit different. Jose Mourinho has started the blame game in England and is too stubborn to admit the errors in his method. The Hammers slew the Spurs 2-1. On the other hand, Wolfsberger are yet to seal the promotion in Tipico Bundesliga. Excluding Michael Liendl, none of the players delivered above-average performance against the Spurs. The hosts will advance to the next round with ease.
Arsenal vs Benfica
Sharing the spoils in the first leg 1-1, Arsenal and Benfica go in as equals in the second leg held at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium. Just when gossips of Arsenal’s resurgence floated in the air, the Gunners returned to madness, Mikel Arteta blew out. Aubameyang, Lacazette, Bukayo Saka and Nicolas Pepe contribute to moments of brilliance but nothing more. That won’t save Arsenal from sinking in its own mud. Benfica, on the other hand, are thriving for European greatness since time unknown. Their players will be well-rested unlike the Gunners, whose gaffer admits that fatigue is getting them. Mikel Arteta’s men are determined to win this ‘final,’ and they are the favourites as well.
Manchester United vs Real Sociedad
Another decided affair, Manchester United will kill time at Old Trafford as they welcome Real Sociedad. The first leg ended in a disaster for La Real, injuries haunt the Spaniards. Mikel Oyarzabal and Alexander Isak haven’t found the net in the Europa League. Imanol Alguacil has a tough choice to make, he can rest the regular players for Laliga or give it their all in this game. The former seems the logical conclusion but only time will tell. A quiet dismissal in the Champions League has landed the Red Devils in this circumstance. Ole Gunnar Solksjaer has finally understood English football. While Bruno Fernandes is striding in style, Marcus Rashford joined him last week and is in form. Whatever the result may be, United will advance to the next round after this game.
Napoli vs Granada CF
Neapolitans have complicated what seemed like an easy task in the first place. After losing to Granada 2-0 in the reverse fixture earlier, Napoli will invite Granada to Stadio Diego Armando Maradona coming Thursday. One of Napoli’s two-star strikers, Lozano Hirving is already on the treatment table, now another setback hits them as Insigne’s timely recovery from a back injury is under question. There are measurable damages in Granada too. The Colombian Luis Suarez will be off while Roberto Soldado’s return is questionable. Granada slid down a place following their loss to the table dwellers Huesca 3-2. The last time was a blunder from the Neapolitans, they will equalize the lead. The game might end in a shootout.
Leicester vs Slavia Prague
Leicester and Slavia Prague go to battle once again without beginning the goal tally, King Power Stadium witness the tense affair. In a fine form in England, Leicester failed to exploit the opportunities in the first leg. Neither Jamie Vardy nor James Maddison was able to do something. Now with James Maddison off the game owing to an injury, the Foxes are up against the wall. Brendan Rodgers has the potential to inspire his side to greatness. Looking from the other end, Slavia Prague created more chances last Thursday. Abdallah Sima will try to sneak into the Foxes’ den, so will Jan Kuchta. Leicester were the favourites in the last fixture, they remain the favourites now.
Villarreal vs Salzburg
The second leg of the last-32 in the Europa League features the clash between Villarreal and Salzburg held at Estadio de la Ceramica. The Yellow Submarine have a two-goal and away advantage even before the game starts. Gerard Moreno has scored 14 goals in Laliga and Paco Alcacer has scored 10. Determined to shrug off the doubts about him, Unai Emery will take Villarreal to the next round. Funded by Red Bull, at the same time, not so famous as its German counterpart, Salzburg landed here after bidding farewell to the Champions League in the group stage. Patson Daka and Sekou Koita are Salzburg’s leading scorers. Losing just three games out of the 18 games played at the league level, Salzburg aren’t a pushover. The travellers will struggle hard to stop the hosts’ party but they will fail.
Bayer Leverkusen vs Young Boys
Bayer Leverkusen and Young Boys battle at BayArena with the prospects of reaching the next round. Leverkusen’s sloppy form continued into the Europa League, they lost to the Swiss club 4-3 in the first leg. It would have been a colossal defeat if the Young Boys covered their posts well. Peter Bosz’ unusual 4-1-2-1-2 wasn’t safe against Young Boys’ 4-4-2. Siebatcheu’s brace, especially the last-minute goal, is noteworthy. Leverkusen has five injuries but no new ones. In the Swiss club too, there are no new injuries. Though the red cards to Jean-Pierre Nsame and Mohammed Camara are counterproductive. The hosts are the home favourites but the balance can swing on either side.
AC Milan vs FK Crvena zvezda
An eventful draw in Belgrade means the Serbian club should come to San Siro, Milan’s kingdom, for the decisive clash. Guelor Kanga made no mistake in the spot-kick, fooling Donnarumma, finding the equalizer for Pankov’s unlucky own goal. Theo Hernandez brought back the lead to Rossoneri through the second penalty of the game. Rodic’s red card will have its after-effects in this game, Pavkov netted the game-changer in stoppage time. Stefano Pioli sat out Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the previous leg, the Swede will see the field this Thursday. Currently, Rossoneri are in a bad run of form. The Serbian club are competitive but not enough, Milan will shoo off the visitors.
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