Europa League winner odds: Liverpool impress in group stage
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Europa League winner odds: Liverpool impress in group stage

Liverpool lead the way in bwin’s Europa League winner odds as the 2023-24 group stage enters the final two rounds of fixtures.

The Premier League outfit have yet to officially secure their place in the knockout stages of the competition but sit top of Group E.

The Reds have won the competition on three occasions in its former guise of the UEFA Cup and are 13/5 favourites to lift the trophy and return to the Champions League.

Brighton, who are playing in Europe for the first time in their 122-year history, were second favourites when the group-stage draw was made but have dropped down to fourth in the betting after a shaky start to Group B.

They are in pole position to progress thanks to successive wins to sit three points clear of third-placed AEK Athens, who they face on matchday five in Greece.

Roberto De Zerbi’s men are 14/1 to win the competition outright, which is slightly shorter than reigning Europa Conference League winners West Ham.

Jarrod Bowen was the hero for the Hammers after his last-gasp finish downed Fiorentina in Prague to collect David Moyes’ first major trophy as a manager during his illustrious career.

That victory cemented a place in the Europa League and they currently occupy top spot in Group A, five points clear of Greek outfit Olympiacos, who they beat last time out to put one foot into the next round.

“I think it does a disservice to say the result was more important than the performance against Olympiacos, when you consider the opposition,” Moyes said after matchday four victory at the London Stadium.

“Sometimes people think it’s easy to win these games but let me tell you, unless you’re in the seat and you’re taking the team, there are no easy games in Europe. I’ve never found an easy game in Europe yet.”

West Ham are among four teams to be priced at 18/1 – joint fifth favourites to win the competitions.

Mourinho to add to his trophy collection?

Roma are dark horses to go far in this competition after reaching the final last season, which saw them lose to perennial winners Sevilla on penalties in Budapest.

Mourinho has won this trophy twice before in his managerial career, firstly with Porto in 2003, when it was known as the UEFA Cup, followed by the 2017 victory as Manchester United boss.

The Portuguese manager already has tasted European success in the Eternal City when Roma won the inaugural Europa Conference League crown in 2022. They are valued at 11/1 to lift their first Europa League title.

A former Liverpool star is leading the European charge in the betting, with Xabi Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen deemed as the Reds’ closest challengers in the market.

The German side are 8/1 after sealing top spot in Group H and currently sit top of the Bundesliga, where they have an incredible 31 points from their opening 11 games. The only dropped points came in a 2-2 draw at Bayern Munich.

Villarreal, who defeated Manchester United in the 2021 final on penalties, are 18/1 to regain the trophy, despite sitting second in Group F and not guaranteed of their place in the knockout stages. Italian outfit Atalanta and France’s Marseille are also valued at the same price.

Rangers complete British interest and are 50/1 to go one step further than the 2022 final loss to Eintracht Frankfurt.

The winners of the eight groups progress straight to the last 16 while the eight runners-up will take on the eight third-placed sides from the Champions League group stage in the knockout round play-offs.

This season’s Europa League final takes place in Dublin on May 22.

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