Europa League Analysis
The organization of the Europa League and this year's season is starting to be even more interesting, as of the 32 teams, one is Cypriot and three are Greek. Specifically, Aris Limassol will compete for the first time in its history in the groups of a European inter-club organization, while from Greece in the groups are Olympiacos, Panathinaikos as well as the Champion AEK who will be present in the most difficult group against Marseille, Ajax . and Brighton. In this year's Europa League, many teams stand out such as Liverpool, Roma, Marseille and this year's event is very interesting.
In the first group there are three teams that will claim the two positions for the next phase of the organization. West Ham, Freiburg and Olympiakos Piraeus are at a better level than Backa Topola, with West Ham having the first reason for qualification since they were also the holders of the Conference League and have the experience from last year, while Olympiacos to face Freiburg. Piraeus made radical changes in their roster this year too, they lost players who were in the main body such as Huang, Bakabu, Embila, but brought experienced players such as Podense, Solbakken.
The group of "death" for the organization of the Europa League was called the second. Ajax, Marseille, Brighton and AEK make up a foursome that could be in the Champions League groups. In fact, there are many Football people who emphasize that this group is more difficult than many in this year's Champions League organization. Brighton may not yet have European participation, but their course in the Premier League makes them the favorite of the group, and even to win the Europa League!
Since then, Marseille and Ajax have the "shirts", they are teams with a heavy European history but at the moment they are not in the best situation. AEK was once again unlucky in this year's European draws, however, the Champions and Doubles of Greece want to leave an opponent below them, to continue in the Conference League, whose final will be held at the team's stadium on "Agia Sofia Opap Arena".
Three experienced teams will be met by Aris Limassol in its maiden appearance in all organizations. The Cypriot Champions showed in the qualifiers of both the Champions League and the Europa League that they will be quite a difficult opponent for everyone. From there, the three teams in the group are quite experienced and it is they who seem to have the edge to claim the two tickets to the next phase of the organization, with Rangers having shown that they have defensive weaknesses and Sparta Prague betting in the strong venue in which they won 4-1 against Dinamo Zagreb in the playoffs of the competition.
Atalanta and Sporting are the two teams that seem to stand out in the fourth group for qualification to the next phase. The Italians due to their experience and quality in the Championship can overcome the obstacles of Sturm and Rakov, while the same applies to Sporting who star in Portugal. Sturm and Rakofo to fight for the third ticket that gives the possibility of qualification to the knockout phase of the Conference League.
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In this particular group there is a big favorite and three teams that seem to have similar chances for qualification. Liverpool is not only the big favorite to qualify for the next stage but is the team with the most chances to conquer the institution. This is due to the heavy jersey it has in the European competitions and of course its roster. From there, the remaining three teams do not seem to have significant differences and will try to claim their chances each.
The group presents specific peculiarities. On paper, Villarreal are the big favourites, but at the moment they are not in the best of shape. It has too many defensive problems, there has already been a replacement of the coach and the atmosphere in the team is not the best. So, he can be considered the group favorite but everything will be seen on the pitch. Rennes Panathinaikos and Maccabi have chances to qualify, however, each team has its advantages and disadvantages.
Rennes play in the French league and are used to playing at a high pace, Maccabi Haifa have experience of major competitions in recent years and have a strong base, while Panathinaikos return to the group stage after seven years, however, in recent years they have maintained almost the same total and Ivan Jovanovic is betting a lot on it. However, Panathinaikos will not use its natural home, but will play in the Olympic stadium, which can hold several thousand people, but cannot become a difficult home for the opponent.
In the penultimate group, Roma is the big favorite as it has both the quality and the jersey to be in the knockout phase, while for the second place a slight advantage seems to be given to Slavia Prague, as Serif and Servet do not seem to have the quality to be able to continue in the knockout phase of the Europa League.
The last group of the Europa League also has a clear favourite. Bayer Leverkusen is the team that stands out in this group and from there Karabakh Molde and Hacken will fight for the next places but they do not look like they will be able to threaten the German team who have more experience in their roster and do not seem to struggle for the qualification from this group.