Today marks the final of the Europa League championship with Manchester United taking on the Spanish side of Villarreal in the Gdansk Stadium at 20:00 BST. There’s a lot on the line for both sides, Unai Emery is chasing his fourth Europa League trophy after winning three consecutive times with Sevilla from 2014 to 2016, and United are chasing their second to become the fourth team to do so after beating out Ajax back in 2017 – so there’s certainly plenty of motivation from both to secure a win.
Bookies are currently favouring Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side with United coming in currently as the 4/11 favourites to win – looking in good form having scored 18 goals over the first eight fixtures with eight coming against Roma, where a lot of eyes will be firmly fixed on Cavani having scored twice in each of the fixtures against Roma in the semi-finals – and given the semi’s were so exciting with thirteen goals across both fixtures, they’re certainly looking on form, and having finished second in the Premier League behind Manchester City spirits will certainly be high going into the last leg of the competition.
That isn’t to say Villarreal aren’t looking great too – although the underdogs at 2/1, Emery’s previous successes will certainly help inspire the team to bring the fourth victory, but also chasing their first major European trophy – with some great offensive stats from the tournament and having went unbeaten in 12 games outside of Spain they’re certainly looking on form too. The team have also had twelve different players contribute to the winning efforts over their previous games too, and although the underdog there are plenty of nods towards the Spanish side having the upper hand and being able to clinch the final with a victory of their own.
The common theme amongst many bookies is a 2.5 over under, with both having plenty of fire power the take is leading many to either a 2-0 or a 2-1 victory for either team, although a look at the semi finals certainly shows there’s a lot of potential for more goals too, be sure to tune in as both teams have a lot to win and both will certainly look to fire on all cylinders to bring home a big win for their team and take the trophy home – whether that be the second for United, or the first for Villarreal.