Manchester United are the clear favourites to win the Europa League, at 4/1 pretty much across the board, with Tottenham next up at 8/1 – and every other contender in double figures.
United, who have been drawn to face St Etienne in the round of 32, have taken the competition seriously thus far and during the early months of the season it appeared to represent their best chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
However, given their improving league form (now just 4 points off the top 4), it will be interesting to see if Jose Mourinho opts to take a few chances with his line-up once the Europa League resumes in February and focus more on domestic matters.
With Sevilla, winners in each of the last three seasons, still in the Champions League, the Europa League lacks a genuine class act from the continent, with perhaps the two best remaining teams drawn to face each other in Villarreal and Roma.
Villarreal, currently fourth in La Liga and 3-0 winners over Atletico Madrid last week, lost to Liverpool in the semi’s last season and are 6/4 with Coral to get past Roma.
That looks a good bet, as do the Spaniards at 25/1 with Coral in the outright betting.