Europa League odds

The UEFA Europa League is one of the most competitive competitions in European football and the betting at the start of the season often reflects this.

The 2013 trophy went to Chelsea who defeated Benfica in a dramatic final in the Amsterdam Arena.

The match looked to be heading to extra time with the scores locked at one-all, however the Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic won the trophy in the 93rd minute with a stoppage-time header.

That was Chelsea’s first win in the UEFA Europa League and the team qualified by virtue of finishing third in their Champions League group that season.

Ipswich Town won the UEFA Europa League odds in 1981

The competition was re-branded in 2009 having formerly been known as the UEFA Cup and an extra 16 teams now qualify for the main stages of the competition.

The group stages now consist of 12 groups of four teams who play each other in a round-robin format.

The top two in each group go through to the last 32 and this is where the teams who have finished third in their Champions League groups enter the tournament.

The format of the UEFA Europa League is unique, with a number of teams entering at a late stage, and the winners are not always quoted in the betting at the start of the competition.

Liverpool have won the UEFA Europa League odds three times

The most successful English team in the UEFA Europa League is Liverpool who have won the competition on three occasions; most recently in 2001.

Three is also the number of victories for the Italian sides Juventus and Inter Milan, and both clubs have also been beaten finalists on one occasion.

Tottenham are well-fancied to win the 2014 UEFA Europa League and the London club have triumphed in the tournament twice before, although their last win came way back in 1984.

Formerly known as the UEFA Cup, the competition was first staged in the 1971/72 season where an all-English final between Wolves and Tottenham was won by the latter.

Four teams have won the UEFA Europa League and their domestic league and cups in the same season: IFK Gothenburg (1982), Galatasary (2000), CSKA Moscow (2005) and Porto (2011 and 2013).

Chelsea won the 2013 UEFA Europa League odds

As well as Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool, the other English club to have upset the odds in the UEFA Europa League are Ipswich Town.

Although now residing in the Championship, Ipswich were a bigger team in the 1980’s and they lifted the trophy in 1981.

The Suffolk side have never lost at home in European competition and have beaten sides such as Real Madrid, AC Milan and Barcelona at Portman Road.

Fellow Championship side Wigan Athletic qualified for the UEFA Europa League after they caused a major betting shock in the 2013 FA Cup Final against Manchester City.