The quarter-final draw of the Europa League has been made, and there are some intriguing ties for bettors. Pinnacle's Europa League Power rankings provide an overview of the teams left in the competition. Who will win the Europa League?
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Outright odds: 2.850*
Quarter-final opponent: Slavia Prague
Chelsea will look to continue their recent good form in this competition and have been drawn with arguably the easiest opponent of the sides left in the last eight in Slavia Prague.
The blues straightforwardly topped Group L and effortlessly dispatched of Russian side Dynamo Kiev in the last 16, and with Maurizio Sarri’s side struggling to find form domestically, it is likely the Italian will view this competition as their best option for Champions League qualification and should be too strong for Prague over the two legs.
Outright odds: 4.279*
Quarter-final opponent: Arsenal
Napoli, have been drawn against Arsenal in the quarter-finals in what is arguably the tie of the round. When having home field advantage, they have lost just once out of their last 16 matches, so the Gunners will likely need a positive first leg results to progress.
The Italian side possess one of the stand out defenders in Europe at the moment in Kalidou Koulibaly and with the attacking threat of Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne alongside a world class coach in Carlo Ancelotti, they are deservedly second favourites to win the competition.
Outright odds: 6.230*
Quarter-final opponent: Napoli
Arsenal have been handed a tough assignment in the quarter-finals of the Europa League after being drawn against Napoli. The Gunners made it through to this stage with a 4-3 aggregate score line win over French side Rennes, despite suffering a 3-1 defeat away in the opening leg.
Manager Unai Emery won three Europa League titles in a row with former club Sevilla, and the Spaniard will see this competition as very important for the sides’ progression with a Champions League place available to the winner.
The north London side will host Napoli on April 11 at The Emirates, before the return leg in Italy on April 18 and it will be vital they secure a solid first-leg advantage if they want to progress to the last four of the competition.
Outright odds: 9.350*
Valencia moved into the Europa League after being eliminated from the Champions League in the group stages. Since starting the season with just one win from their first 13 games in all competitions, they have steadily climbed the table domestically.
Marcelino García Toral’s side are among the tournament favourites having knocked out Celtic and Krasnodar to reach the last eight of the competition, and if they perform to the best of their ability over the two legs it should be enough to book a semi-final place.
Outright odds: 10.910*
Three-time Europa League runners-up, Benfica have been handed a difficult draw against inform Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt in the last eight of the competition.
The Portuguese side are outsiders capable of causing a surprise, and possess some talented young players such as Joao Filipe, Francisco Reis Ferreira, and Rafa Silva, but it is unlikely they will threaten any of the tournament favourites.
6) Eintracht Frankfurt
Outright odds: 11.420*
Quarter-final opponent: Benfica
Eintracht Frankfurt progressed through to the knockout stages with a perfect six wins out of six in the group stages. They face a difficult tie against Benfica, but if they can overcome this hurdle their outright odds could drop significantly and they are genuine dark horses to win the competition.
The German side lost four of their first five matches under Adolf Hütter domestically, but since his departure, new manager Niko Kovač has guided the club from 15th in the Bundesliga to contention for a Champions League place, while regularly impressing in this competition – thanks largely to their prolific strike force Luka Jović and Sébastien Haller.
Outright odds: 16.610*
Quarter-final opponent: Valencia
The Yellow Submarine’s face a tough tie against Valencia in the quarter finals of the competition but are capable of progressing providing their top talents perform. Although the Spanish side are struggling to find form in La Liga they do possess quality players such as Nigerian wonderkid Samuel Chukwueze, Carlos Bacca and the experienced Santi Cazorla.
Javier Calleja’s side are enjoying a better time in the Europa League and are undefeated in their last ten matches overall in the competition, whilst being impressive in the last round, defeating Zenit Saint Petersburg 5-2 on aggregate.
8) Slavia Prague
Outright odds: 34.780*
Quarter-final opponent: Chelsea
Slavia Prague shocked five-time Europa league winners Sevilla with a comeback late in extra time to progress to the quarter-final stage, but now face an even tougher task against tournament favourites Chelsea.
The Czechs, with a 6-5 aggregate victory, have reached this stage of the competition for the first time in 19 years, but the odds and form suggest this is where the dream will end for Jindřich Trpišovský’s team.
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