Europa League Live Stream, Odds, and Predictions
Europa League finale, the harbinger of Champions League finale, is here. Trifling Roma in the semi-finals, Manchester United vie for a much-needed trophy as they face Villarreal at Gdansk today night. Manchester United, a club as prestigious as they come, is fighting to save their name. Since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, the Red Devils haven’t stamped their mark in Europe.
It is a must-win finale for United, given their way of entry into the League. The Red Devils crashed out of the group of death in the Champions League. Their city rivals Manchester City being in the Champions League finals adds fuel to the fire.
Villarreal are in their first European finals, thanks to the experienced Unai Emery. Villarreal silenced their mentor’s former club Arsenal in the semi-finals. A stalemate in the second leg sent a strong message to the Spanish world. The former Arsenal and Sevilla manager has been in the finals four times before, three of which he won with Sevilla. The Yellow Submarine can’t help but think of a similar end to this finale. After all, nothing is different from the then Sevilla squad. A club with a thirst and an extraordinary manager. Emery is a whole package, the one who can turn the fate and challenge anything.
When is the UEFA Europa League final?
Event: UEFA Europa League Final 2021
Game: Villarreal vs Manchester United
Date: Wednesday 26th May, 2021
Location: Stadion Miejski, Gdansk
How to watch the UEFA Europa League Finals 2021?
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:
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UEL Matches This Week
Check out the weekly odds of UEL matches in the table below:
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Probable starting XI’s:
Defenders: Pedraza, Torres, Albiol, Ga Spar
Midfielers: Trigueros, Parejo, Capoue, Chukwueze
Forwards: Moreno, Alcacer
Goalkeeper: David De Gea
Defenders: Luke Shaw, Bailly, Lindelof, Aaron Wan-Bissaka
Midfielders: Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes
Forwards: Marcus Rashford, Edinson Cavani, Mason Greenwood
The whole season has been a nightmare for Manchester United in terms of injuries. Anthony Martial, Harry Maguire, Donny van de Beek, Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford, Scott McTominay, and Edinson Cavani, all had a short stay at the treatment table. Currently, Anthony Martial and Harry Maguire are not fit to play in the final. Edinson Cavani has sprouted to life after return from injury. As for Villarreal, Iborra’s knee injury will keep him off the field. Juan Foyth and Samuel Chukwueze are fit to play. Chukwueze is a key for Villarreal.
Man Utd: WLLDW
Ole Gunnar Solskjkaer faced some criticisms for his approach in the field and his remarks about trophies. But, success can blind all eyes. Though he is not so much of a tactical manager, it doesn’t reflect in the results. Bruno Fernandes takes care of that part for him, inside the field. Marcus Rashford is battling with injury issues however it doesn’t scare him. Comebacks don’t fare well always but Edinson Cavani has been exceptional since his return. His pitch-perfect headers and traditional playing style pay off in front of the posts. Connecting the defence and the midfield, Paul Pogba shoulders a few crucial responsibilities.
Though thriving in Europe, Villarreal stagger in Spain. They finished the campaign with a defeat to a ravening Real Madrid 2-1, winning just two of their last five. Consistency has been their problem throughout the season, they haven’t won more than three Laliga games in a row. Gerard Moreno has pocketed 23 goals this season, Paco Alcacer tries to support him but is not enough. A fiery ball in the midfield, Samuel Chukwueze is one of the sought-after midfielders this year. Even United are in the race for this Nigerian gem. Both sides have many strengths, defence is not one among them. United have a pinch of more quality in the final third. All said, the Red Devils might outsmart Villarreal in this grand fixture.
Predicted scoreline: 1-2