There are many clubs likely to be Europa League winners. The second-tier competition for European clubs is a tough competition. Though less lucrative when compared to the money-spinning UEFA Champions League, the clubs that participate put in blood and sweat. Even teams that get eliminated in the group stage don’t go down without a fight. The draws for the round of 32 have been made and each team know their foes already. However, we have decided to make bold predictions about teams that could go all the way to become 2019/2020 Europa League winners.
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Ajax were 2018/2019 Champions League semifinalists knocking out Real Madrid and Juventus along the line. They somehow could not make it out of their group this season with Chelsea and Valencia progressing to the knockout phase at their expense. Now that they are in the Europa League, they face Spanish side Getafe in the round of 32. With their talent and experience in the Champions League, we won’t bet against them becoming Europa League winners come the end of the campaign.
Manchester United were Europa League winners in 2016/2017 defeating a young but talented Ajax squad. This present Manchester United squad is definitely not in the same class as 2017 winners. They are inconsistent and flatter to deceive most times. They even lost to Astana in the group stage. The experience in that squad cannot be denied, however. With players like De Gea, Pogba, Martial, and RasHford, United can be surprise winners.
Another English team like Manchester United this season. Arsenal have been a shadow of themselves especially since they moved to Emirates stadium. The Gunners made 16 consecutive Champions League appearances under Arsene Wenger before playing in the Europa League in his final season. Playing for their third consecutive season in the competition, they have reached the final once in this period. With Arteta now on board since Emery’s sack, the likes of Aubameyang and Ozil are able to make the Europa League winners.
Inter have become a new team since Antonio Conte took control of the team. There is no doubt that the Italian is a serial winner winning the Premier League in his first season with Chelsea and the Scudetto with Juventus. As things stand, Inter are a viable contender for the Serie A crown this season. They landed in the competition after elimination in the Champions League (Dortmund beat them to the second spot). It wouldn’t be a surprise seeing them become Europa League winners with Lautaro and Lukaku leading the line.
Sevilla are the most successful Europa League winners with five trophies to their name. They also won the trophy three consecutive times between 2014 and 2016 becoming the first team to achieve such a feat. They have not been as dominant as they used to back in the glory days under Unai Emery. In Julen Lopetegui however, they have an experienced coach who is able to help them win the competition with his tactical knowledge.
The Portuguese outfit were Europa League winners in 2011 defeating Braga in the first and only all Portuguese final in the history of the competition. The likes of Falcao and Hulk were instrumental to that triumph. They have not had much success in the competition since but they are back with a strong and talented squad. They also have a good striker in Moussa Marega and may be lifting the trophy at the end of the competition.
We are taking a risk with this one but yes, Frankfurt can become the 2019/2020 Europa League winners. They went all the way to the semifinals last season but were eliminated by Chelsea after a penalty shootout. Even though star names like Sebastien Haller, Ante Rebic, and Luka Jovic have been sold, they are still a good team. Let’s see how far they can go.
So here is our prediction above. The final of the 2019/2020 Europa League will be played at the Stadion Energa Gdansk, Gdansk, Poland.