After a thrilling Matchday 1 in this season’s Europa League, London’s top two clubs impressed, as they should in this competition. Chelsea’s trip to Greece wasn’t as easy as expected, but they left with a 1-0 victory over PAOK. Arsenal, on the other hand, were handed home comfort for Matchday 1 after the UEL Draw last month, and they didn’t disappoint their local fans as they defeated Ukrainian side Vorskla 4-2.
But what everyone wants to know about these two teams is if they are good enough to win the Europa League? Well, are they? The bookies definitely think so. Quite a few betting companies have Chelsea as the number one team to win Europe’s second tier tournament with Arsenal right behind them.
Here are a few:
1. Chelsea 4/1
2. Arsenal 6/1
3. Sevilla 12/1
1. Chelsea 9/2
2. Arsenal 15/2
3. AC Milan 16/1
1. Chelsea 5/1
2. Arsenal 8/1
3. Sevilla 14/1
This trend is evident that people are putting their faith in England’s two big boys to emulate Manchester United’s Europa League triumph in 2017. Chelsea and Arsenal have two of the strongest squads in the Europa League with two of the most attack-minded managers conducting them.
While defence may have won Jose Mourinho the title two seasons ago, Sarri and Emery have the squad depth, squad experience and competency to deliver the trophy playing attacking football.
Today’s victories for the respective sides just showed us what these two teams are capable of in this competition. If the draw allows it, both these teams may face each other in the final. But if not, one will definitely win it… especially if they have to beat the other en route to Baku.