West Ham United were the winners of the European Conference League last season and can there be back to back wins by an English team in the competition this season?
Well, with serial European trophy winner Unai Emery guiding Aston Villa back into Europe and into the Europa Conference League, this bodes really well for them to land another European Trophy, although it’s been 40 years since their last one.
But for Unai Emery, he will be licking his lips at the chance to win this competition and add to his tally of European trophy wins which came under his stewardship of Sevilla with 3 Europa League wins in 2014-2016.
Emery also guided Arsenal to runners up in the competition in 2019, so he has the perfect pedigree to take this Aston Villa side all the way in the competition.
Looking at the talent on show, Emery is putting together a good side with McGinn running the midfield and with Luiz also in there, they can dominate many games. Watkins is the talisman with support from Zaniolo and Diaby as well.
Defensively Aston Villa have improved with Emi Martinez in goal and with Torres and Konza now looking to form a good partnership, they can impress in this season’s competition.
There will be very tough competition to land the trophy as last seasons runners up Fiorentina will be looking to go one step further in their quest for a European trophy and it will be tough to back against them as they have retained most of the side which got to the final and were so close against West Ham.
Next in the betting are Eintracht Frankfurt who know all about European success. Frankfurt won the Europa League two years ago and played some outstanding football along the way to record victory against Rangers on penalties.
With free flowing football, fast paced wingers and a great counter attacking style, they can once again go deep in a European competition so expect Frankfurt to be one of the dangers in this tournament.
A final team to mention are Lille who are an improving French side. They play a good brand of football and also had a relatively good European campaign last year. Failing towards the end, they are a team on the up so will be looking to cause a few surprises in this season’s Europa Conference League.
|Aston Villa||4/1 Bet365|
|Eintracht Frankfurt||10/1 Bet365|
The Europa Conference League this season is very competitive. After West Ham United’s win last year, all eyes will be on another claret and blue side to follow in their footsteps.
Aston Villa enter Europe for the first time in many years, but do have a European Cup to their name.
Now under serial European trophy winner Unai Emery, he can once again land a title and bring more silverware to a managerial career which has a very impressive CV.
Therefore, our Punters.pub bet of the day is Aston Villa to win the Europa Conference League at 4/1 with Bet365.