- Runners up in last season’s final, Arsenal FC return to Europa League action perched as -220 favorites to finish atop the Group F table on the Europa League futures
- Eintracht Frankfurt open the group stage as +300 second favorites, but can boost those odds with a win in next Thursday’s clash with Arsenal
- Standard Liège lag as a lengthy +1000 bet, but remain an intriguing option as a +300 wager to qualify from Group F
Arsenal FC will have a lot to prove when the UEFA Europa League group stage action kicks off next week. The Gunners fell short of a Europa League title last season, falling 4-1 to rival Chelsea FC in the tournament final. However, the club returns to action perched as a heavy -300 favorites to finish atop the Group F table on the Europa league futures.
Here’s a look at Arsenal’s chances for the upcoming campaign, as well as the competition they will face during the Europa League group stage.
UEFA Europa League Group F Odds
|Team||Odds to Qualify||Odds|
|Vitória de Guimarães||+300||+1200|
*Odds taken 09/13/19
Arsenal FC will be looking to overcome a sluggish start to their season next week, when they kick off their UEFA Europa League campaign with an all-important group stage matchup against Eintracht Frankfurt. The Gunners have struggled against top-flight competition in the early stages of their Premier League schedule, but will visit Frankfurt sporting solid +117 odds of taking home a win on the Europa League game line odds.
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After opening their EPL campaign with narrow one-goal victories over Newcastle United and Burnley, Arsenal fell flat in their past two outings, suffering a lopsided 3-1 loss to Liverpool before struggling to claim a 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur this past weekend. The club could now have their hands full against Frankfurt, which enjoyed a summer of success, and who rides a three-match win streak.
The continued strong play of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will likely be key to Arsenal’s bid for top spot in the group stage.
The continued strong play of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will likely be key to Arsenal’s bid for top spot in the group stage. The veteran attacker powered the Gunners to last season’s final with a four-goal performance in the squad’s 7-3 aggregate win over Valencia in semifinal action. He has also accounted for three of the club’s six goals in league play this season including game-winners against Burnley and Newcastle.
The Eagles enter the Europa League group stage on a high after posting wins in three straight outings across all competitions. The club have also been steady in Europa League action, compiling a 5-0-1 win-draw-loss record during the current campaign after reaching the semifinal last season in just their second all-time tournament appearance.
Frankfurt have filled the net early on in this season’s Europa League, outgunning opponents by a wide 13-2 margin. The club has carried their steady play over into Bundesliga action, posting wins in two of three outings, and has emerged as an intriguing +300 bet to finish first place on the Group F. Those odds will undoubtedly shorten should the Eagles come away with a win over Arsenal as +189 home underdogs in next Thursday’s group stage opener.
Royal Standard de Liège
Standard Liège return to Europa League action for a second straight season after recording a third-place finish on last season’s Belgian First Division A table. Les Rouges turned in a respectable showing in last season’s Europa League, advancing to the group stage, where they fell just short of advancing with a 3-1-2 record.
While the club endured a difficult finish in league play last season, going 2-1-5 in their final five matches, they are off to a strong start to the current campaign, rocketing to the top of the Belgian First Division A table with four wins in six outings.
— Standard Liège (@standard_liege) September 12, 2019
Les Rouges enter the group stage sporting lengthy +1000 odds of finishing first on the Group F table. The club is winless in two previous matchups with Arsenal, during the 2009 UEFA Champions League, and has never faced Standard Belgian First Division A table. And while they finish a huge task to win their group, their continued strong defensive play could position them to pull off the upset over one of the two favorites, and payout on attractive +250 odds of advancing out of Group F.
Vitória de Guimarães
Vitória de Guimarães return to Europa League group stage action or the third time in six years lagging as +1200 longshots to win Group F on the Europa League futures. The club has never advanced past the group stage in five all-time appearances in the Europe league, with their third-place finish in 2013/2014 marking their best-ever performance at this tournament.
And while the Portuguese side has handled themselves well through the early rounds of this year’s tournament, outscoring opponents by a 15-0 margin during a 5-1-0 run, they have struggled badly in the early going of Portuguese Primeira League action, surrendering six total goals during a 0-3-1 run to start.
Pick: Eintracht Frankfurt to win Group F (+300); Standard Liège to qualify (+250)
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