Europa League 2020 – Europa League Schedule
In a normal season, the Europa League competition begins in June with the preliminary qualification stages, ending with the final in May the following year.
As with all sports competitions during the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 Europa League schedule was disrupted and postponed. The culmination of the Europa League was originally planned for May 27th with the Europa League Final to be hosted in Gdansk, Poland.
On 17 June 2020, the UEFA Executive Committee chose to relocate the final to Cologne and it is now scheduled for 21 August 2020.
The remaining Round of 16 games are set to be played over the 5–6 August, with the Quarter-finals, scheduled on 10–11 August 2020 and the semi-finals on 16-17 August.
Due to the disruption to the 2019-20 Europa League, the 2020-21 Europa League season has been delayed with qualifying due to start on the 20th of August with the Europa League Final still scheduled for May 2021 in a slightly truncated competition.
Europa League Picks and Predictions
At Pickswise we provide you with the best Europa League picks and predictions throughout Europe’s secondary club tournament.
While the Champions League is Europe’s premier competition the Europa League still plays host to some of Europe’s biggest clubs with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool, Atletico Madrid, and Sevilla all recent champions.
The Europa League also plays host to some lesser-known clubs, with the likes of FK Jablonec, FC Vorskla Poltava, Oleksandriya, and FC Lugano far from household names, but all recent Europa League Group Stage qualifiers.
Knowing the intricacies of the tournament and these lesser-known teams is where you get the edge.
With 160 teams participating in the Europa League each year, it’s tough to know them all, and that’s where the Pickswise experts come in.
Before making each Europa League prediction our experts analyze statistics, team news, injuries, match day conditions, to ensure all angles are covered before comparing them to bookmakers’ odds. It’s hard to be better informed
All of our Europa League picks and predictions are posted a couple of days before the match to ensure you have time to digest the preview and get the best odds available.
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How to wager on the Europa League?
The Europa League can be one of the toughest competitions to wager on, but it can also prove fruitful if you’re informed and do your research.
With 160 teams taking part from start to finish, most of whom the average soccer fan or bettor would not know a great deal about, it’s easy to fall in the trap of picking the team you know vs the team you don’t know.
Knowing the intricate details of the obscure teams in the Europa League can be profitable long term.
From the financial implications of teams from lower-ranked nations succeeding in European competitions to a club’s domestic schedule, squad rotation, injuries, travel, weather, suspensions, there is a huge amount to consider in making a Europa League prediction.
Not only do you have a wealth of information to consider, but as with all top soccer tournaments and matches, there is a whole host of market available on each Europa League match.
From the traditional markets such as Moneylines, spreads, and Total Goals to the more exotic bets such as Both Teams To Score, Player Props, Team props, and even Same Game Parlays, the enormity of markets on offer can be overwhelming.
Thankfully for you our experts have you covered. We consider all of the above and more alongside our statistical analysis to provide the best, most informed Europa League picks out there.
Where to watch the Europa League?
Recent seasons have seen a seismic shift in the access in which consumers have to watch Europa League games. Previously Fox had exclusive rights of Europe’s premier club competitions in both the UEFA Champions League and the Europa League.
While Fox’s coverage of the Europa League was extensive, having shown 205 Europa League matches in their final season, TNT, who currently has the broadcasting rights, only plans to show the Europa League Final.
TNT holds the broadcasting rights to the Europa League until the end of the 2020-21 season, whereby CBS will take over broadcasting and you can probably expect a much more extensive coverage once more.
How many teams are in the Europa League?
The Europa league has a somewhat confusing qualifying procedure before reaching the group stage and finally a knockout tournament, but in total 160 teams will participate in Europe’s secondary club tournament, 48 in the Europa League group stages, and 32 teams in the knockout competition through to the final.
The Europa League competition in earnest begins in June with the preliminary qualifiers at which stage there are 104 teams vying for a place in the second qualifying round.
The second qualifying round sees the 52 first-round winners joined by 14 teams who qualify through Cup, and league finishing positions, determined by their nations ranking in the European Club standings to create 33 second-round qualifiers.
The third round of qualifying sees the 33 second-round winners pitted against another 25 teams from higher-ranked nations, with teams qualifying again based on league position or by winning the domestic cup competitions in certain nations.
The 29 third-round winners are joined by the 15 losers from the Champions League third qualifying round, with the 22 winners guaranteed a spot in the Europa League group stages.
The Group stages consist of the 22 third-round winners, 16 teams qualifying via winning their domestic cup or league finishing position, and the 10 losers from Champions League play-off round.
There are 48 teams in the Europa League group stages, with the top two from each group qualifying for the knockout stages, where they are joined by the 8 third-placed teams in the Champions League group stage to make a 32-team knockout competition through to the final.
Who has won the most Europa League Cups?
The Europa League, formerly known as the Uefa Cup has been in existence since 1971 as Europe’s secondary club competition.
Since its inception, 28 different clubs have won the Europa League/Uefa Cup.
Sevilla leads the way in the number of Europa League titles with 5, including three successive between 2014-2016.
Liverpool, Juventus, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid all come in at second with 3 Europa League titles each.
Previous Europa League Cup Winners
- 2018-19 – Chelsea
- 2017-18 – Atletico Madrid
- 2016-17 – Manchester United
- 2015-16 – Sevilla
- 2014-15 – Sevilla
- 2013-14 – Sevilla
- 2012-13 – Chelsea
- 2011-12 – Atletico Madrid
- 2010-11 – Porto
- 2009-10 – Chelsea
When do you post your Europa League picks and predictions?
We cover every match on the Europa League schedule, bringing you the most informed and well-researched Europa League picks and predictions.
To ensure you have the time to digest our analysis and preview for each game, as well as making sure you get the best early Europa League odds, all of our picks and predictions are available a couple of days before matchday.
Parlays are a great option with Europa League picks as you typically see high scoring games and strong favorites. betting a Europa League parlay allows you to combine wagers to boost your odds and potential payouts. We will highlight the best Europa League parlay plays either the night before or the morning of a Europa League matchday.