Europa League tournament 2020: games, mode & betting at the final event in Germany
Who secures overall victory in the Europa League?
For the eleventh time, the overall winner of the second most important European competition for club teams will be played under the name UEFA Europa League. The 49th edition of this competition, which was formerly known as the UEFA Cup, ends differently than usual due to the global crisis with game play suspended for several months, namely with a Europa League final tournament.
The overall winner will not be determined in Gdansk in Poland as intended. Instead, Germany wins the bid to crown this year’s champion. Not only the final will take place on August 21, 2020 in Cologne, but the entire Europa League tournament 2020 in Germany.
In this article, we provide extensive information on what the mode looks like for the 2020 Europa League tournament, when the games take place at which venue, which teams are involved, and which Europa League final tournament 2020 bets appear to be particularly sustainable.
Europa League Tournament 2020 – All information at a glance
Host country: Germany
Mode: single knockout games
Timetable: 5th / 6th August 2020 (second leg of the round of 16) to August 21, 2020 (final)
Final stadium: Rheinenergiestadion, Cologne
Europa League tournament 2020 – participants & games
The crisis did not stop at UEFA’s schedules. While in the Champions League four of the eight pairings in the round of 16 could be played completely with a first and second leg, so far only six of the eight first legs have taken place in the Europa League.
Who is qualified for the 2020 Europa League tournament?
Because a first leg has only been played in six games so far, but no second leg has yet taken place, no team is currently qualified for the Europa League final tournament in Germany.
Thus, the Europa League starts with the round of 16. Both the six return games and the two entirely open games, which will then be decided in a single match, are scheduled for August 5 and 6, 2020.
According to the current status, it is not yet clear whether the team will receive the home right that they normally would have in the six second legs, or whether alternative venues – for example in Germany or elsewhere in a neutral place – will be determined.
Who can still qualify for the quarter-finals?
All 16 teams that successfully qualified for the round of 16 of the Europa League still have theoretical chances of securing the ticket to the final tournament in Germany. In six games, the overall result after the first and second leg counts. Below is an overview of the six matches and the first leg result:
Istanbul Basaksehir 1-0 FC Copenhagen
Olympiacos Piraeus 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Glasgow Rangers 1-3 Bayer Leverkusen
VfL Wolfsburg 1-2 Schachtjor Donetsk
Eintracht Frankfurt 0-3 FC Basel
Linzer ASK 0-5 Manchester United
In addition, there are the two Italian-Spanish duels, in which the first leg had to be canceled due to the crisis. At a venue to be determined, a single game on August 5 and / or August 6, 2020 will determine who will move into the final tournament in Germany:
Inter Milan vs. Getafe CF
Sevilla FC vs. AS Roma
The mode of the EL final tournament
Regardless of the fact that no team is currently qualified for the Europa League final tournament in Germany (for teams like Manchester United, it should only be a matter of form after the 5-0 victory in the first leg), UEFA will be on July 10 2020 draw a draw for the quarter-finals and other rounds at their headquarters in Nyon.
In this draw, a complete tournament tree is determined, starting with the quarter-finals, from which the semifinals are automatically derived. Thus, at the time of the draw, it is foreseeable who could theoretically play against whom in which round, which will affect the Europa League 2020 tournament bets on the overall winner.
The matches of the Final 8 tournament in Germany take place as individual knockout games without a second leg. The venues are the RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne, the Schauinsland-Reisen-Arena in Duisburg, the Merkur Spiel-Arena in Düsseldorf and the Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen.
The finale will take place on Friday, August 21, 2020, at the RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne.
As usual in knockout tournaments, there must be a winner in every game. If this has not yet been determined after the regular playing time of 90 minutes, two further halves of 15 minutes each take place. If there is still no winner after the 30-minute extra time, the penalty shoot-out will decide who will advance to the next round.
Europa League Tournament 2020 | Schedule & Dates:
5th-6th August: Round of 16 second legs (venue unconfirmed)
10-11 August: quarter-finals (Cologne, Düsseldorf, Duisburg and Gelsenkirchen)
16.-17. August: semi-finals (Germany, exact stadiums still unconfirmed)
August 21: Finale (Cologne)
Club change in summer – eligible to play or not?
Traditionally, contracts in football always expire in summer. June 30 is the usual deadline, but working papers sometimes go until July 31. Both have the consequence that at the time of the Europa League tournament 2020, the cadres of the potential participants will look different. An important question is the aspect of who is eligible to play and who is not.
In doing so, UEFA decided that all clubs may nominate players who were not yet eligible to play in the intermediate round (sixteenth final) and the second round. However, only those players may be nominated who already had a valid contract with the respective club at the end of the winter transfer window. In plain language, this means that newcomers in the summer may not compete for their new employer in the final tournament in Germany.
Players who switch to a new club may – provided both teams agree on this with a corresponding clause – be sent to their former employer for the duration of the tournament. It remains to be seen whether and which teams will agree and what the conditions will be. In any case, a first prominent example from the Champions League does not use this option. Timo Werner (transferred from RB Leipzig to Chelsea FC) already announced that he did not want to take part in the 2020 Champions League tournament for the Red Bulls.
Europa League tournament 2020 – best odds
Betting Tips: Manchester United
Betting Tips: Inter Milan
Betting Tips: Wolverhampton Wanderers
Betting Tips: Bayer Leverkusen
Betting Tips: Sevilla FC
Betting Tips: AS Roma
Betting Tips: Getafe CF
Betting Prediction: Shakhtar Donetsk
Betting Prediction: FC Basel
Betting Prediction: Olympiacos Piraeus
Betting Prediction: Basaksehir Istanbul
Betting Prediction: FC Copenhagen
Betting Prediction: VfL Wolfsburg
Betting Prediction: Eintracht Frankfurt
Betting Prediction: Glasgow Rangers
Betting Prediction: Linzer ASK
Who will win the final tournament? Interesting bets
What makes it difficult to make a prediction for the Europa League tournament 2020 is the fact that no team is yet firmly qualified for the final tournament in Germany. Accordingly, a team like the Wolverhampton Wanderers, who played 1-1 in the first leg away in Piraeus, could already drop out with a result like a 2-2 in the second leg.
It should also be noted that the second leg does not necessarily take place in the Wolves stadium, but may also be played on neutral ground in Germany. Against this background, we consider it quite risky to bet, for example, on the representative of the Premier League, who just has to work a lot for the ticket to the Europa League Final 8 tournament.
Key facts – Europa League tournament 2020 bets
For the first time, the Europa League will be played as a knockout tournament at a neutral location
The record winner is still in the race with Sevilla FC
The final in Gdansk will be postponed to the 2020/21 season by one year
We therefore consider it more sustainable to place bets on the overall victory of a team at the Europa League Tournament 2020 that is quite certain to reach the round of the best eight teams. This is particularly true of Manchester United. The Red Devils won 5-0 at LASK and are almost certain to reach the quarterfinals. Bayer Leverkusen also have excellent chances to play the final tournament in their own country after the 3-1 win in Glasgow.
Meanwhile, FC Basel may have won 3-0 in Frankfurt, but the Swiss don’t have as strong a squad as the English record champions or the Werkself. At the current point in time, it therefore seems sensible to us to choose one of these two teams.
In the Europa League tournament 2020, we believe betting on Manchester United to be the most effective. After all, the Red Devils didn’t get the Europa League until 2017. Looking at the current Premier League table, which would have missed a starting spot for the Champions League, you could also use the qualification for the premier class associated with the overall victory in the Europa League, which should release additional percentage points for this tournament.
For the Europa League 2020 overall victory of the team of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer betting odds of up to 3.75 are available. Of course, in the category Europa League betting tips, we provide independent analyzes and betting recommendations for each game.