iBet: Back Bayer Leverkusen for the Europa League

Gareth Purnell

Europa League

Back Bayer Leverkusen at 22-1 with Stan James or Bet 365

The Europa League isn’t my favourite betting tournament, mainly because you can’t be sure how seriously managers are taking it. And although the outright betting changes with the inclusion of teams who finish third in their Champions League groups, I still think it’s worth taking the price about Bayer Leverkusen in the outright market. Under Sami Hyypia Leverkusen are enjoying their best season for years, and sit in second spot in the Bundesliga. They are unbeaten at home, and showed the qualities the manager has in the side by beating leaders Bayern Munich 2-1 in front of 71,000 fans at the Allianz Arena – Bayern’s only league defeat of the season. We can ignore their one defeat in Group K – they had already qualified and fielded a weakened side – and no-one will want to draw them. It’s a slight worry that they are doing so well domestically, as the league will take priority if they are fighting for Champions League qualification in a few months time. However, it’s been over 20 years since fans saw any silverware and Hyypia looks sure to give the competition a proper go, unlike a lot of managers. The other team I like the look of is Napoli (20-1).


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