It might not have all the glitz and glamour of the Champions League, and many Chelsea fans bemoan the Thursday-Sunday schedule it forces their team to play. Regardless, Chelsea’s chances of picking up European silverware are better than ever, and the bookies are backing them to lift the Europa League come May 2019.
You can follow Chelsea’s progress with dedicated Europa League betting tips through every stage of the tournament.
European competitions have gone into the winter break and all has been decided for the knockout stages when they begin again in February next year. Those teams that finish third in the Champions League automatically get transferred to the knockout stages of the Europa League, bringing an added level of competition and intensity to the tournament.
For the most part though, Chelsea have got off lightly with only a handful of European big names being funnelled into Europe’s second tier competition, and potentially getting in the way of the Blues. Only Inter Milan and Napoli represent truly dangerous competition for Maurizio Sarri’s side. While potential trips to the likes of Galatasaray or Shakhtar Donetsk could become tricky trips eastwards.
It’s certainly welcome news that teams from Europe’s major leagues have qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League with unprecedented success. Over the last decade the Europa League has been won by ex-Champions League sides who have entered at the knockout stages no fewer than 5 times.
Chelsea just pip London rivals Arsenal to the bookies’ favourites to lift the trophy. The Blues are odds on favourites across the board, so you have your pick of the lot to choose from. Though we recommend placing your bet for the Blues to win the tournament with either Unibet or Betfair.
Unibet has the best odds at 5/1 currently, while the Betfair welcome bonus is one of the strongest on the market. Both betting sites have a fantastic range of features, odds markets and everything you need if you’re a footy fan who loves a bet.
Chelsea have successful navigated their group making an easy time of their opponents so far. It’ll no doubt get tougher as the tournament progresses but it’s easy to see why they’re favourites. Now is a smart time to get your bet in before the odds start to drop!