The UEFA Europa League final is the match that determines the winner of UEFA’s Europa League tournament. It’s played between the two surviving teams from many rounds of knockout and group fixtures. In 2019, the final will be the 48th in the history of the competition. You can find out more in our UEFA Europa League guide.
Here, we’ll cover everything you need to know about the UEFA Europa League Final 2019, including:
• When and where is the UEFA Europa League final?
• Can I watch the UEFA Europa League final on UK TV?
• Who will win the UEFA Europa League final?
• Who won the 2018 UEFA Europa League final?
• UEFA Europa League Winners: Who are the most successful teams?
• UEFA Europa League trends
The UEFA Europa League final 2019 will take place on Wednesday 29th May 2019 with kick-off time scheduled for 20.00 GMT/21.00 CET. If there is no winner in 90 minutes, there will be an added 30 minutes of extra time, then a penalty shootout, if necessary.
The 2019 Europa League final venue will be the Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan. The stadium was selected in September 2017 through UEFA’s first ever open bidding process for the major competition finals. It will be the first European club competition final to be held in Azerbaijan.
If you’re wondering whether you can watch the UEFA Europa League final at home, you’ll be glad to know you can watch it on UK TV. BT Sports will be showing the final when it kicks off at 20.00 GMT, which can be accessed through BT TV or at extra cost online or through other providers.
Like any football tournament, it can be difficult to choose a winner, especially at an early stage. But, as the field narrows, it becomes easier to make a prediction. It’s also worth mentioning that if you feel like you can predict a winner at an early stage, you’re likely to get much better odds.
The two participants in the UEFA Europa League final 2019 will be decided once the semi-finals have taken place on Thursday 2nd May and Thursday 9th May.
Currently, the UEFA Europa League odds look like this:
|Chelsea||15/8||Maurizio Sarri||Once (2013)|
|Napoli||4/1||Carlo Ancelotti||Once (1989)|
|Eintracht Frankfurt||11/1||Adi Hütter||Once (1980)|
|Slavia Prague||66/1||Jindřich Trpišovský||No.|
Last updated: 22/03/2019
Let’s take a closer look at some of the potential Europa League 2019 winners:
Chelsea – 15/8
After a promising start, Chelsea have struggled lately, with manager Maurizio Sarri starting to feel the pressure. But their European form has been solid — if unspectacular — and there’s no denying their continental pedigree. With a very talented squad that’s good enough to win this competition, many expect them to go all the way.
Napoli – 4/1
Napoli are Italy’s second-best club. Usually, they spend the second half of the season navigating as far as they can in the Champion’s League knockout stages but find themselves in the Europa League after being eliminated from their group. With a great team, they’re leading contenders for winning this tournament.
Arsenal – 5/1
Like Chelsea and Napoli, Arsenal are more used to competing in the Champion’s League but find themselves in the Europa League this season. They’ve stopped and started under Unai Emery, but there are matchwinners throughout their squad and they’re also considered one of the frontrunners.
Valencia – 8/1
Despite being poor in the league this year and suffering group stage elimination in the Champion’s League, many people expect Valencia to go far in the Europa League. They have a good squad and, if they can pull together, they will be a good match for any team.
Eintracht Frankfurt – 11/1
Winners of the German Cup last season, they’ve been very impressive in the Europa League this year with six wins out of six in the group stage. With an attacking trio of Luka Jovic, Ante Rebic, and Sebastien Haller in great form, they’ll be a handful for even the best teams in the knockout stages.
Last year, Atletico Madrid beat Olympique Marseille 3-0 to win the UEFA Europa League final 2018, meaning that the trophy went back to Spain.
The game saw a great performance from Atletico, who convincingly outplayed French club Marseille, with two goals from star player Antoine Griezmann and one from captain Gabi. The win saw Atletico win the cup for the third time, putting them alongside Juventus, Internazionale, and Liverpool as the joint-second most successful clubs in the history of the competition. (You can read about the most successful teams below.)
The odds for the Europa League final 2018 matched the overall result, with Atletico Madrid backed at 7/15 to win the match and Marseille at 9/4. Even at the semi-final stage, Madrid were favourites for the trophy at 11/10 versus Arsenal (3/1), Marseille (7/2), and Red Bull Salzburg (6/1). There were definitely no upsets in 2018. We’ll take a look at Europa League trends later in this guide, too.
It’s also worth noting that neither Atletico Madrid (in Champion’s League) or Olympique Marseille (eliminated) will feature in the knockout phase of the Europa League 2019.
The most successful team in the history of the UEFA Europa League are Sevilla, who’ve won the cup on five occasions, including three back-to-back wins in 2014, 2015, and 2016. They’ve reached the final five times and won it on every occasion.
There are a few other clubs who boast a rich history in the tournament — here are the other eleven teams who’ve won the cup on two or more occasions:
- Liverpool: won three times (1973, 1976, 2001), runner up once (2016)
- Juventus: won three times (1977, 1990, 1993), runner up once (1995)
- Internazionale: won three times (1991, 1994, 1998), runner up once (1997)
- Atletico Madrid: won three times (2010, 2012, 2018)
- Borussia Mönchengladbach: won twice (1975, 1979), runner up twice (1973, 1980)
- Tottenham Hotspur: won twice (1972, 1984), runner up once (1974)
- Feyenoord: won twice (1974, 2002)
- IFK Göteborg: won twice (1982, 1987)
- Real Madrid: won twice (1985, 1986)
- Parma: won twice (1995, 1999)
- Porto: won twice (2003, 2011)
When you’re looking to place a bet on the UEFA Europa League final, it can help to know what has happened in the finals of the past few years. Below you can find the results of the last ten matches.
|Season||Winner||Score||Runner-up||Winner’s country||Manager||Host city|
|2008/09||Shakhtar Donetsk||2-1 (aet*)||Werder Bremen||Ukraine||Mircea Lucescu||Istanbul, Turkey|
|2009/10||Atletico Madrid||2-1 (aet*)||Fulham||Spain||Quique Sánchez Flores||Hamburg, Germany|
|2010/11||Porto||1-0||Braga||Portugal||André Villas-Boas||Dublin, Ireland|
|2011/12||Atletico Madrid||3-0||Athletic Bilbao||Spain||Diego Simeone||Bucharest, Romania|
|2012/13||Chelsea||2-1||Benfica||England||Rafael Benitez||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|2013/14||Sevilla||0-0 (4-2 p**)||Benfica||Spain||Unai Emery||Turin, Italy|
|2014/15||Sevilla||3-2||Dnipro||Spain||Unai Emery||Warsaw, Poland|
|2015/16||Sevilla||3-1||Liverpool||Spain||Unai Emery||Basel, Switzerland|
|2016/17||Manchester United||2-0||Ajax||England||José Mourinho||Solna, Sweden|
|2017/18||Atletico Madrid||3-0||Olympique Marseille||Spain||Diego Simeone||Lyon, France|
|*aet – after extra time|
**p – after penalty shootout
- Spanish teams have won the Europa League six times in the last ten years and they’ve only lost a final when playing another Spanish team (Athletic Bilbao, 2011/12). Spanish sides are the most successful in the history of the competition, with 11 total wins.
- Portuguese teams have lost three finals in the last ten years, apart from Porto’s victory in 2010/11 against fellow Portuguese club Braga.
- Sevilla have never lost in any of the five Europa League finals that they’ve appeared in. Atletico Madrid are also undefeated in three appearances.
- Despite being the second most successful nation in the history of the competition (nine wins), an Italian side hasn’t won the cup or appeared in the final for 20 years. The last team to do so were Parma in the 1998/99 season.
- The managers with the most wins — three — in the competition are Giovanni Trapattoni (Juventus in 1977, Internazionale in 1991 and 1993) and Unai Emery (Sevilla in 2014, 2015, and 2016). Emery’s Sevilla retained the trophy for three years — a record, and he is leading Arsenal in the competition this year.
- A Spanish manager has won the tournament in five of the last ten years, including Rafael Benitez, who won it with Chelsea. The rest of the wins came from managers in charge of teams from Spain.
- In this year’s competition, there are a few leading goal scorers to look out for whose clubs are still in with a chance of making the final. Moanes Dabbour has six goals for Red Bull Salzburg, while Luka Jović (Eintracht Frankfurt), Wissam Ben Yedder (Sevilla), and Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) have five goals a-piece. Should any of them reach the final, they might be worth a look if you’re looking to back a player to score.
- Europa League finals tend to be quite cagey affairs. The average number of goals scored in the last ten Europa League finals is 2.5 in regular time and 2.7 including goals scored in extra time. Over the same period, the average Premier League game has offered 2.72 goals per game, while the Champion’s League finals have seen 3 goals on average in 90 minutes and 3.3 after extra time.
- In seven of the last ten Europa League finals, the team that has scored first has gone on to claim the trophy. Only two teams have scored first and gone on to lose their final — Dnipro in 2014/15 and Liverpool in 2015/16. There’s only been one final with no goals, and that was between Sevilla and Benfica in 2013/14.
- On average, there have been 5.1 yellow cards issued in 90 minutes in the last ten Europa League finals and an average of 5.8 issues after extra time. The finals tend to be fairly good-natured affairs, with no red cards issued over this period.
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