Betting Preview for the 2021 UEFA Europa League Quarter-Finals

| March 29, 2021 6:22 am PDT

We lost some big teams in the Europa League Round of 16, with heavyweights like AC Milan and Tottenham Hotspur bowing out earlier than expected. But there are still plenty of familiar faces left in the competition.

Having seen off Milan, Manchester United has been drawn against Spanish side Granada in the quarter-finals, while Arsenal faces a potentially tricky test against Slavia Prague.

Ajax will need to get past Roma, while Dinamo Zagreb comes up against Villarreal.

If you’re betting on the Europa League quarter-finals in 2021, you’ll want to keep reading. I share my Europa League quarter-final predictions for every tie in this post, along with some useful tips and analysis.

First off, let’s begin by taking a look at the latest Europa League winner odds for 2021.

Latest 2021 Europa League Winner Odds

Manchester United2.63
Slavia Prague26.00
Dinamo Zagreb51.00

Man Utd (2.63) has been the bookies’ favorite to win the 2020/21 Europa League for a long time. However, after dispatching Milan and drawing Granada (26.00), the Red Devils’ price is even shorter now.

The top online sports betting sites view Arsenal (4.00), Villarreal (6.00), Ajax (7.00), and Roma (8.00) as genuine challengers, although Slavia Prague (26.00) and Dinamo Zagreb (51.00) aren’t expected to shake up the 2021 Europa League odds.

Let’s take a closer look at the Europa League quarter-final draw.

Assessing the Europa League Quarter-Final Draw

As you can see, the bookmakers’ two frontrunners – Man Utd and Arsenal – avoided the tougher teams in the draw.

You would think that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men will fancy their chances of overcoming Granada.

Similarly, the Gunners will be confident of conquering Slavia Prague, yet they will be conscious of what the Czech champions have achieved in the Europa League this season.

As you’ll see below, the bookies believe that Ajax vs. Roma is too close to call. Villarreal is expected to get the better of Dinamo Zagreb, although the Croatians stunned everyone by knocking Spurs out in the previous round.

Remember – all of the first legs will be played on Thursday, April 8, with the second legs taking place on Thursday, April 15.

Odds and Predictions for the Quarter-Final Games

Here are my 2021 Europa League quarter-final predictions for each tie.

Ajax vs. Roma

Ajax to Qualify1.87
Roma to Qualify1.90

It’s fair to say that there is an obvious favorite in each of the other three Europa League quarter-final ties. But when it comes to foreseeing the outcome of this clash, it is difficult to predict exactly what will happen.

After dropping out the Champions League earlier in the campaign, Ajax has found life a lot easier in Europe’s secondary club competition.

The Dutch side saw off Lille (4-2) and Young Boys (5-0) without any real issues, yet Roma will pose a sterner test.

Ajax’s customary domestic domination is also in full swing at the moment. Erik ten Hag’s men are enjoying a 15-match unbeaten streak on home soil and currently find themselves 11 points clear at the Eredivisie summit.

By contrast, Roma’s domestic campaign has taken a turn for the worst in recent weeks.

The Italians have lost three of their previous five Serie A games and could miss out on a European finish altogether. The Giallorossi made light work of Braga (5-1) and Shakhtar Donetsk (5-1) in the Round of 32 and Round of 16, respectively.

Having said that, it feels as though Ajax is in a better position to win this tie.

Arsenal vs. Slavia Prague

Arsenal to Qualify1.22
Slavia Prague to Qualify4.10

Arsenal will no doubt be pleased to have avoided the likes of Man Utd, Ajax, Roma, and Villarreal in the quarter-finals. But let’s face it, Slavia Prague is no pushover.

The Czech champs won four of their six group games earlier in the season before sealing a hugely impressive – and largely unexpected – victory over Leicester City in the Round of 32. Better still, Slavia was able to beat high-flying Rangers in the previous round.

Jindrich Trpisovsky’s men will now attempt to claim their third consecutive British scalp.

Understandably, Arsenal is the bookmakers’ clear favorite to win this tie.

But it is difficult to ignore the fact that the Gunners still sit ninth in the EPL table. Many Arsenal fans will tell you Mikel Arteta is turning things around in North London, yet in my eyes, the team still has a long way to go.

Slavia stands a genuine chance of upsetting the Europa League odds here.

If you’re looking for Europa League quarter-final bet that could land you a tasty profit, backing Trpisovsky’s men extend their fairytale run may not be such a bad idea.

Dinamo Zagreb vs. Villarreal

Dinamo Zagreb to Qualify2.63
Villarreal to Qualify1.47

Dinamo Zagreb looked dead and buried after losing 2-0 to Tottenham in the first leg of their Round of 16 tie. But against all the odds, the Croatian champions came back and won the second leg 3-0.

Thanks to a memorable hat-trick from Mislav Orsic, the Blues humiliated Spurs. Orsic now has 19 goals and eight assists to his name this season, including five goals and two assists in ten Europa League appearances.

On the flip side, Villarreal secured back-to-back 2-0 wins over Dynamo Kiev in the last round, with Gerard Moreno bagging a brace in the second leg.

Moreno has notched up four goals and three assists in his last four Europa League outings, so Dinamo will be eager to keep him quiet.

Following an eight-match winless run in La Liga, Unai Emery’s men have won each of their last four games in all competitions. It feels like the momentum is with the Yellow Submarine right now.

I wouldn’t be overly surprised if Dinamo caused another upset and dumped Villarreal out of the Europa League. However, I think backing Villarreal is the best bet for this matchup.

Granada vs. Manchester United

Granada to Qualify5.00
Manchester United to Qualify1.17

If I’m being completely honest, it is difficult to imagine Man Utd losing this tie. But the odds for United to qualify for the semi-finals feel extremely low here.

Looking at the bigger picture – the Red Devils have only lost one of their previous 23 EPL matches. Still, with five draws coming in their last nine league games, it is evident that Solskjaer’s men have struggled to kill off games of late.

That said, Man Utd crushed Real Sociedad 4-0 in the Round of 32, before overcoming Milan in the previous round.

Granada has been very unpredictable this season, with a La Liga record of W10-D6-L12 underlining the team’s inconsistency.

In fact, the Spaniards have lost four of their last six league outings, as well as suffering defeats to Napoli and Molde in the Europa League knockout stages.

Unfortunately, the bookmakers aren’t being very generous with their odds for this matchup. The price for United to qualify is nothing to get excited about, but backing the English side feels like the only realistic option.

Finals Words on the Europa League Quarter-Finals

The Europa League quarter-finals kick off on Thursday, April 8, and I think we’re set for a series of exciting matches.

The English teams are expected to qualify for the last four with ease, but I can see Arsenal slipping up against Slavia.

The Czech champions have continuously upset the odds this season, while the Gunners have struggled for consistency throughout the campaign.

Man Utd should advance at the expense of Granada, yet the other two ties will be close. Ajax vs. Roma could easily go either way, while Dinamo Zagreb vs. Villarreal also has the potential to be a tight affair.

I will be publishing individual match previews for all the Europa League quarter-finals in our soccer picks section, so make sure you check those out.

In the meantime, why not have a look at the other soccer leagues and tournaments that we cover?

Ben Morris
Ben Morris

Ben is a sportswriter and tipster who specializes in soccer. Currently based in the UK, he has traveled all around the world watching – and betting on – his beloved sport.

Alongside his regular soccer content, Ben publishes blogs and picks for cricket, Formula 1, Aussie rules, darts, and various other sports.

Ben is a diehard fan of Nottingham Forest and England, so he hasn’t had much to cheer about in recent years!

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