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The 2022/23 Europa League campaign is approaching the knockout phase with some big names left in the competition. Arsenal are favourites to lift the trophy but the likes of Manchester United, Barcelona and Juventus will be looking to stop the Gunners in their tracks.


The UEFA Europa League may play second fiddle to the Champions League but the competition is nevertheless a hugely important addition to the club scene. Some huge names are involved in this season’s tournament and over the years there have been many upsets and shocks in all rounds of the competition.

Spanish clubs have dominated the Europa League in recent years with all-but-five of the last thirteen finals being won by a La Liga outfit. Sevilla have triumphed no less than four times during this time, however Eintracht Frankfurt became the first Bundesliga side to win the tournament since 1996/97 when they beat Scottish Premiership side Rangers after a penalty shoot-out in 2022.

Premier League leaders Arsenal are current favourites to lift the Europa League trophy in 2022/23 after finishing at the summit of their group, the Gunners having never before won the competition despite appearing in two finals. Most UK betting sites go around 4/1 that the trophy ends up at the Emirates Stadium this season although some firms go as low as 16/5 on the North Londoners going all the way this term.

Following a disappointing Champions League campaign, La Liga giants Barcelona dropped down into the Europa League this season and were immediately installed as one of the favourites to lift the trophy. The Catalans have been enjoying an excellent season thus far in the Spanish top flight and after sixteen rounds of fixtures they sit three points clear at the summit of the division. Nevertheless they finished their Champions League group in third position with just two wins from six and were relegated to the second-tier competition.

Barcelona have never before won the Europa League or even appeared in the final, mainly on account of them generally appearing in the Champions League instead. Nevertheless, they are current second-favourites to triumph this season with most bookmakers going 9/2 that the trophy ends up at the Nou Camp in 2023.

As well as Arsenal, England’s other representatives in the tournament are Manchester United on account of their top-six finish in the Premier League last season. The Red Devils finished second in Europa League Group E with goal difference alone separating them from winners Real Sociedad and the bookmakers have them chalked in as third-favourites for the trophy at a general 8/1.

Elsewhere, Juventus complete the top four in the market at general odds of 12/1, the Serie A side having dropped down from the Champions League after finishing third in their group.

The Round of 16 draw will be taking place later next month and the bookies are busy gearing themselves up for the latter stages of the tournament. With competition fierce amongst the leading betting operators, customers can take advantage by claiming some mouthwatering boosted betting odds as well as a range of welcome bonuses when registering new accounts. Indeed there are many great free bets which are available to use on this season’s Europa League campaign and these are also available to Irish-based customers who register with any of the leading Irish betting sites.

When placing bets on the 2022/23 Europa League, you can grab some additional value by claiming any of these free bet promotions. All of the leading bookmakers provide new customers with a welcome offer of some sort and while these vary considerably, they are all easy to understand. The most common of these is a simple free bet, whereupon you will receive a free bet bonus to a certain amount once you have deposited and wagered an initial amount, for example ‘Bet £5 Get £30’.

Some bookmakers offer new players a matched deposit bonus up to a certain amount. As with the free bet bonus, these can be used on most Europa League markets (subject to bookmaker terms and conditions) and they offer punters a chance to enhance their betting account balance upon joining. Quite simply, a matched deposit bonus means that once you place funds in your account, the bookmaker will credit your account with the same amount, in the case of a 100% Bonus. For example, a 100% Bonus up to £100 means that you can deposit any amount up to £100 and this will be doubled by the betting operator.

It is important to remember that many online bookmakers regularly change their welcome bonus offers ahead of some of the larger competitions such as the Champions League and Europa league. As such, you can reasonably expect to see some great enhanced offers ahead of the tournament final and this is generally a decent time for punters to take advantage of some additional value when betting on the competition.

All of the bookmaker bonus offers come with various terms and conditions attached. Indeed, while some of the offers may seem similar to other betting sites, the terms attached to them can be considerably different and as such it is important that you consider this and read all the small print very carefully. Remember, you cannot simply cash in a free bet bonus (unless the terms and conditions state this to be the case). You must wager them within a certain time period or you will lose them. Also, any winnings made from the free bets will usually be subject to wagering requirements.

When betting on this season’s Europa League, you can keep up-to-date on the tournament by visiting the Official Europa League Website. Similarly, many football websites provide the very latest football scores for the competition as well as top scorers and fixture information.

There can be no doubt that the Europa League is one of the most exciting club football tournaments in the world and it often throws up some surprises along the way. With many of the leading online bookmakers offering a range of free bet bonuses and other promotions on the tournament, now is an excellent time to check out the latest offers from the betting operators and claim some added value on your Europa league bets.


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