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Ranking of the five favorites to win the Europa League 21/22

The UEFA Europa League group stage kicks off this week, with clubs from across the continent looking to make an impact in Europe this season.

Leicester and West Ham will fly the Premier League flag this season, while the English duo will be supported by Celtic and Rangers in the group stage.

Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes hope to improve on reaching last season’s round of 16 as West Ham returns to continental competition for the first time since being eliminated from the 2016/17 Europa League play-offs.

Here are the five favorites to win the Europa League in 2021/22.

Bayer Leverkusen – 20/1

Bayer Leverkusen has been a regular in both the Champions League and the Europa League since the turn of the century and this season is ranked in the trophy with a 20/1 quota.

Leverkusen, who was sixth in the Bundesliga last season, invested in the youth this summer, including Odilon Kossounou, Amine Adli and Mitchel Bakker – each aged 21 or younger.

Patrick Schick – the joint top scorer at Euro 2020 – is one of their strikers and the Czech will be tasked with leading their campaign, with Leon Bailey, joint top scorer in all competitions last season, joining Aston Villa.

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Leverkusen reached the round of 16 last season before the defeat against the Young Boys and will face Celtic, Real Betis and Ferencvárosi in this year’s group stage.

Both Real Betis and Lyon can also be found in an open starting market with odds of 20/1.

Lazio – 20/1

After taking part in the Champions League group stage for the first time in over a decade last season, Lazio are returning to the Europa League after finishing sixth in Serie A this season.

Lazio reached the Champions League round of 16 last season before losing to Bayern Munich and were rated at odds of 20/1 to win the Europa League that season.

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Maurizio Sarri’s team has strengthened itself with Felipe Andersen, Pedro and Elseid Hysaj, while with Ciro Immobile and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic they have two of the best talents in this season’s group stage.

Sarri has led the way in this competition too, having led Chelsea to success in 2018/19, and Lazio – Inter Milan runners-up in 1998 – have the quality to reach the final stages.

The Italians meet Lokomotiv Moscow, Marseille and Galatasaray in a challenging Group E, which promises fireworks both on and off the pitch.

West ham – 16/1

David Moyes’ good work at West Ham has resulted in a return to Europe for the Hammers who have surpassed expectations and secured sixth place in the Premier League in 2020/21.

West Ham has disappointed in recent forays into continental competition, failed to reach the group stage and suffered consecutive eliminations against Romanian minnow Astra Giurgiu in 2015/16 and 2016/17.

However, Moyes strengthened his roster this summer and gained significantly in depth. The additions of Alphonse Areola, Kurt Zouma, Alex Kral and Nikola Vlasic give the Hammers a better chance of competing on multiple fronts this season.

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The lack of specialized center-forward coverage for Mikhail Antonio remains worrying, but West Ham have a squad that can make an impact if Moyes’ side can handle the Europa League challenge Thursday through Sunday.

The Hammers begin their European Championship on Thursday evening at Dinamo Zagreb before they face Rapid Wien and Genk in a victorious Group H.

Naples – 14/1

Napoli has been rated as a 14/1 favorite to win the Europa League this season with many leading bookmakers like Bet365, which is a great opportunity for those interested in the latest bet365 bonus code. You participated in seven of the last nine campaigns in the knockout phase of the competition.

Luciano Spalletti’s team missed the Champions League qualification in Serie A by just one point last season, but started the new season in good shape with three wins in a row.

Matteo Politano and Andre Zambo Anguissa are the headlines from the club’s summer recruitment, while a contingent of strikers including Euro 2020 winners Lorenzo Insigne, Victor Osimhen and Hirving Lozano have the pace and quality to worry either side.

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As only a limited number of fans were allowed to return to Italian football in the 2021/22 season, few teams will like the trip to the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium this season.

Leicester will take the risk on matchday six in early December after facing the Neapolitan team in the group stage.

Leicester – 14/1

Leicester was rated as 14/1 favorite for the Europa League this season alongside Napoli.

Brendan Rodgers’ side led their group in an impressive manner last season before suffering a shock defeat in the round of 16 against surprise package Slavia Prague.

The Foxes have kept their key players this summer and stocked them up with a number of exciting additions, with both Patson Daka and Boubakary Soumare courted by some of Europe’s elite before moving to King Power Stadium.

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Ryan Bertrand – who won Chelsea Europa League in 2013 – has additional experience and depth, as does the newcomers Jannick Vestergaard and Ademola Lookman.

After the Champions League qualification was just missed in the last two seasons, the success in this year’s Europa League offers an alternative route to Europe’s most important competition for the foxes.

Last season’s FA Cup success can instill confidence in a team that has consistently beaten over their weight for the past few seasons.

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