- BetOnline has posted odds on the 2020-21 Europa League final between Villarreal and Manchester United
- The match will take place on May 26th at the Gdansk Stadium in Poland
- Up to 9,500 fans will be in the stands after UEFA received approval from Polish authorities to fill the stadium to 25 per cent capacity
While the Champions League Final will be contested by two English teams for only the third time in history, Villarreal prevented another clash of Premier League clubs in the Europa League Final with a 2-1 aggregate victory over Arsenal last week.
The Spanish team will make its first ever appearance in tournament’s championship game against Manchester United, who won the Europa League in 2017 and advanced to this year’s final with a 8-5 aggregate triumph over Roma.
Let’s look at the latest odds on the matchup and make betting picks on who will be the outright winner on May 26th in Poland. You can also find Europa League betting tips in our 2021 soccer betting guide here.
2021 Europa League Final Odds
|Villarreal||+0.5 (-121)||+365||2.5 -112o|
|Manchester United||-0.5 (+101)||-132||2.5 -108u|
Villarreal vs. Manchester United
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, a Champions League winner with Manchester United as a player, is in his first final since taking charge of the club after Jose Mourinho was sacked in 2018. The Norwegian has been a bit snakebit of late, losing four semifinals of major tournaments in the last 18 months.
When he looks across the pitch in Poland he will see the most successful coach in the history of the Europa League. After dispatching of his former employers in Arsenal in the semifinal, Villarreal boss Unai Emery is aiming for his fourth Europa League title. He won three straight with Sevilla and then took Arsenal to the final two years ago.
November 2019: Arsenal fire Unai Emery
May 2021: Unai Emery beats Arsenal in the Europa League semifinals 🐸☕️ pic.twitter.com/Vhb9kR3VFv
— B/R Football (@brfootball) May 6, 2021
Matchup preview and picks
Manchester United (-132), the betting favorite to bring the trophy back to Old Trafford, are in the midst of playing an unheard of four matches in eight days, but don’t expect conditioning to be an issue on Wednesday, May 26. Needing only four points from their last five matches to confirm their Champions League place, Solskjaer said he plans to field under-strength teams in those games and it is “not his problem” if his lineup decisions impact the battle for Champions League places.
The Red Devils are facing Villarreal for only the fifth time in history, and strangely enough, all four of their past meetings ended in a 0-0 draw. Going back to the Round of 32, Villarreal has held opposing teams scoreless in five of eight Europa Cup contests. If that’s not incentive to take the UNDER on 2.5 goals, we don’t know what is.
2007: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plays for United as they beat Roma on aggregate by scoring eight goals.
2021: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer manages United as they beat Roma on aggregate by scoring eight goals. ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️ #mufc pic.twitter.com/1ywtaHFl1X
— Man United News (@ManUtdMEN) May 6, 2021
While we expect a low-scoring match, Man U has more than enough talent to bulge the twine with the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Edinson Cavani and Paul] Pogba. Having hit their stride of late, we like the Reds to capture a tight 1-0 victory over Emery and Villarreal.
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