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4 Teams In The Europa League And Over 1.5 Returns

The Europa League is a rewarding market for punters
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The Europa League remains a great market for punters. The competition has retained its reputation for delivering goals aplenty.

Even more, now, the incentive of winning the tournament and qualifying directly for the money-spinning Champions League has made it exciting.

Top teams who seem to be derailing quality-wise now see it as a competition worth challenging for. If anything, as a means to return to the glory days. As a result, there are more eyes keenly following.

Borussia Dortmund- first demoted from the UCL- has now been dumped out in the round of 32 by Rangers.

Barcelona is back in the groove after a horrid first half of the season. And after easing past Napoli in the manner that they did, they have become one of the favourites to lift this trophy.

Following the invasion of Russia on Ukraine, Spartak Moscow has been banned, allowing Leipzig a freeway to the quarterfinals.

Here are four teams that look sure to deliver over 1.5 returns in both legs of the round of 16 of the Europa League.

Barcelona

It should not have been, but here we are: the La Liga side is competing outside the UCL for the first time since 2012.

The objectives for this season are different. And yet, it has become pertinent for their future. A Europa League win and, or a top-four league qualification is important for their financial status. To this end, the Blaugrana will be challenging keenly.

The arrival of legend, Xavi Hernandez and new winter signings have brought a new lease of life to the Catalan club.

The Blaugrana are reborn under Xavi

After the weekend’s win against Elche, they moved into third position. From averaging less than two goals under Ronald Koeman, Xavi’s men have scored four goals in three of their last four matches.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored five goals since joining in January. Ferran Torres, Adama Traore and Ousmane Dembele have been in great form similarly.

Against Galatasaray, who have been decent on the continent but shambolic domestically, the Catalan side looks sure to continue its winning streak.

This is certainly a safe option for punters but with almost guaranteed returns.

Rangers

The Scottish team is without its former manager, Steven Gerrard who moved to the Premier League at the start of the season. However, not much has changed in terms of results.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men are just three points behind Celtic in the league. And if no one took them seriously before now, after convincingly eliminating Dortmund, they are one of the teams to beat.

Indeed, they managed to qualify in second place behind Lyon with just 8 points in the group stage. However, it is fair to fancy them to score at least two goals against Crvena Zvezda.

Rangers have shown intent in this competition

The Serbian team is surely no push-over. Sitting second in the league and finishing top of Group F in the Europa League, they will surely go for it.

Joe Aribo and Aaron Ramsey will be key for the hosts, who will themselves be weary of winger Aleksandar Katai.

This is surely a must-have option for every smart punter interested in the Europa League.

Atalanta

They remain one of the most entertaining teams in Serie A. After finishing third in the UCL group stage they made light work of Olympiacos. They put 5 past them on aggregate in the round of 32.

Managed by Gian Pero Gasperini, the Italian team plays with plenty of energy, quick passing and rehearsed movements.

Luis Muriel has continued to plunder the goals, even while coming off the bench half the time. Mario Pasalic and new signing, Jeremy have also been huge contributors.

Atalanta loves to score

Gasperini’s men take on an equally exciting Bayer Leverkusen side. The Bundesliga team, in fact, forced leaders, Bayern Munich to a draw at the weekend.

This fixture will expectedly be end-to-end, especially with both teams reluctant to defend.

There will be goals and Atalanta looks sure to be at the end of some. Hence, it makes logical sense to back the hosts.

Sevilla

You almost get the sense that Sevilla deliberately wants to stamp an unmatchable legacy in this competition. Of course, they are the most successful team in this competition.

And now, the motivation seems higher, seeing that the final will be played at their home ground.

The Rojiblancos have quite lost their way in La Liga, now 8 points behind Real Madrid in the race for the title. However, they could be excused for some of the injury problems experienced.

Sevilla never lacks motivation in the Europa League

Now, Lopetegui is able to call on players like Jules Kounde and Youssef En-Neseyri.

West Ham, on the other hand, has not been consistent this season. Playing away, they will look to hit on the break, exploiting the pace of Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio.

This is a top-end fixture that almost guarantees at least two goals for Sevilla.