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Europa Conference League winner odds: Foxes third favourites

| 22.03.2022

Marseille lead way in Europa Conference League winner odds

Leicester booked their place in the last eight of the Europa Conference League with a narrow 3-2 aggregate victory against Rennes in the round of 16.

The Foxes have been paired with Dutch giants PSV in the quarter-finals which start on April 7, with Roma potentially awaiting in the last four.

City are the 7/2 third favourites in the Europa Conference League winner odds, so let’s look at their chances of success and the other seven teams left in the competition.

Marseille

Marseille have been installed as the 3/1 favourites to be crowned the first champions of this competition despite winning just one of their six Europa League games in a group comprising Lazio, Galatasaray and Lokomotiv Moscow.

The Ligue 1 side hammered Qarabag 6-1 in the play-off round and beat Basel 2-1 home and away to advance to the last eight.

Marseille have some quality players in their squad like Dmitri Payet and Arkadiusz Milik, while Cengiz Under has been making waves on loan from Leicester, scoring 10 goals this season.

Jorge Sampaoli’s side headed into the international break in second place in Ligue 1 although they have little chance of catching leaders PSG, with Rennes and Nice also breathing down their necks.

Roma

Jose Mourinho will be determined to avoid humiliation against Bodo/Glimt when the teams meet once again in the quarter-finals.

His Roma team seemed ill-prepared for their 6-1 group-stage drubbing on the artificial pitch of the Norwegians in October, but two weeks later they did not fare much better on grass, requiring an 84th-minute equaliser from Ibanez to rescue a 2-2 draw.

The Giallorossi finished top, though, and then needed a 90th-minute equaliser from Tammy Abraham to edge past Vitesse 2-1 in the round of 16.

The Romans have been far from convincing but are 10/3 in the Europa Conference League winner odds.

Leicester

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers accused his players of being “really poor” in possession against Rennes, so they will have to improve when they face PSV who are involved in a thrilling title battle with Ajax in the Dutch Eredivisie.

Leicester moved back into the top half of the Premier League at the weekend with a 2-1 victory over Brentford courtesy of two stunning goals from Timothy Castagne and James Maddison, so their confidence is high.

City welcomed back Wesley Fofana for the second leg in France and it was his goal which effectively sealed their progress, so his return is a massive boost for a team that only have this competition to play for.

Feyenoord

Feyenoord are one of two Dutch clubs left in the tournament and 5/1 in the Europa Conference League winner odds, having coasted to the top of their group and then crushed Partizan Belgrade 8-3 in the round of 16.

They next face Slavia Prague, the team they took four points off during the group stage, although they needed a stoppage-time equaliser to secure a 2-2 draw in the Czech capital.

Feyenoord are on track to finish third in the Eredivisie and in Cyriel Dessers they have the competition’s second top scorer with six goals, so they have a chance to reach the semi-finals where either Marseille or PAOK await.

PSV

PSV were involved in the most remarkable tie of the last 16, drawing 4-4 at home to FC Copenhagen but turned things around with a 4-0 win in Denmark thanks to a double from Eran Zahavi, who had also scored in the first leg.

Copenhagen v PSV

The Dutch giants started their European adventure in the Champions League qualifiers, but finished third in their Europa League group behind Monaco and Real Sociedad, so ended up in this competition where they edged past Maccabi Tel Aviv in the knockout play-off round.

Six successive wins have put PSV within two points of Ajax in the Eredivisie and at 8/1 they look livewires in the Europa Conference League winner odds.

Slavia Prague

The Czechs also dabbled in the Champions League and Europa League but did not get beyond either of their qualifiers and finished a distant second behind Feyenoord in the group stage of this competition.

To reach the semi-finals, they must beat the Dutch outfit, something they failed to do in their two group games, although they went close as we highlighted above.

High-scoring wins against Fenerbahce and LASK sealed their place in the last eight and they should not be ruled out at 12/1.

Bodo/Glimt

The Norwegian champions produced the best result of the group stage, a 6-1 demolition job on Roma, but failure to beat Ukrainian side Zorya Luhansk meant they had to come through the play-off round.

Amahl Pellegrino, Bodo/Glimt

There, Bodo/Glimt destroyed Celtic 5-1 on aggregate and then beat AZ with an extra-time winner in the round of 16, so despite being 14/1 in the Europa Conference League winner odds, they have the pedigree to beat more illustrious opposition.

Whether they can beat Roma a second time remains to be seen, but something tells us Mourinho will be better prepared this time to face Bodo/Glimt who have two of the top seven top scorers in Ola Solbakken (six goals) and Amahl Pellegrino (five).

PAOK

Finally, PAOK, distant second to Greek champions Olympiacos last season and likely to finish runners-up domestically again, have been making quiet progress and are 18/1 underdogs to win the inaugural competition.

PAOK were the only team to beat Copenhagen in the group stage and needed penalties to get past Midtjylland in the play-off round but beat Gent home and away to reach the quarter-finals.

They are up against tournament favourites Marseille in the last eight and their run is likely to end at this stage.

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Warren Barner