Sooner rather than later we’re going to be dealing with the return of the Champions League and Europa League. As we all know that’s going to be a pretty big deal for Arsenal (the latter that is), as it serves as one of their two possible routes back into the Champions League. While there’s a good chance they could still force their way into the top four it’s pretty tight up there, and contingency plans are pretty much a necessity. As such, we get the feeling that they’re going to throw everything against the wall in this competition in an attempt to pick up some silverware.
That sounds like a good idea to us, and we’re quite excited to see how they progress given how well they did last season with a worse team. Of course, there are a handful of other teams who have realistic aspirations of winning the Europa League, and we’ve decided to take a look at the five favourites according to bet365.
Chelsea – 5/1
This should come as no surprise given Chelsea’s start to the season, but there’s one key factor the bookmakers are forgetting: their inconsistency. Just when it looks like they’re going to go on a miraculous run, they slip up.
Arsenal – 7/1
Our favourites, of course, and we don’t say that lightly. Emery knows how to get these guys playing in a cup setting and their body of work in the Europa League already this season.
Napoli – 8/1
The Italian side continue to be second best over in Italian football courtesy of Juventus, and we think that they’ve got something of a chip on their shoulder as a result. They’ve got a great squad to choose from, and we’re tipping them to reach at least the semis.
Inter Milan – 10/1
Inter are a different side now than they were a few years ago, and we mean that in all the right ways. The only reason they’ve dropped into the Europa League is courtesy of two great teams in Barcelona and Tottenham, and we’d bet their still hungry for gold.
Sevilla – 13/1
I mean, it’s Sevilla, guys. They’re the Europa League experts in every sense of the word, and you just know it’d be poetic justice for Emery to come up against his former side in the final.
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