2023 Europa Conference League Predictions and Betting Tips
West Ham is the winner of Conference League 2023 in a very exciting match against Fiorentina that almost went into overtime if it wasn’t for that last-minute goal by West Ham. Even if there wasn’t a clear favourite in this match, Viola looked better during the whole match but they managed to score only one goal. On the other hand, West Ham took their both opportunities, one being a penalty, and scored 2 goals for the win.
Another team from Serie A managed to reach the final of the UEFA competition. We always had high expectations from Premier League teams, but they always prove that they are the top league with Manchester City being the best team in the world. West Ham is their representative in the Conference League.
Teams Competing in Europa Conference League
Compared to the other two European competitions, the Champions League and the Europa League, no team is able to earn a direct spot in the Europa Conference League. Instead, the top teams from the top five European leagues will still need to qualify through the Play-Off round, something that should greatly be considered in our Europa Conference League predictions.
A lot of teams will have the opportunity to play in the UEFA Europa Conference League because everyone who losses in the knockout stages will be transferred to ECL. Everything depends on the league but it was meant for the teams that couldn’t reach the top UEFA Europa leagues to get some experience in European competitions. This also means that the Europa Conference League predictions are a bit harder compared to CL and EL, but not for our expert tipsters.
Europa Conference League Competition Format
The 2022/23 Europa Conference League format will be the same as the one from the previous year and will also be rather similar to the Europa League. Basically, the group stage will feature 32 teams which will be split into eight groups of four teams.
Something that is very important for our Europa Conference League predictions is that only the group winners will be able to qualify for the knockout stage of the competition. The second-seeded teams from each group will feature in the preliminary knockout round, where they will be joined and will have to play against the eight teams that drop down from the Europa League, or the third-seeded teams from each group.
The competition will continue in an elimination-style tournament where the better team out of two matchups continues further. The 2022/2023 Europa Conference League final will take place in the Czech Republic, more precisely at the Fortuna Arena in Prague, on 7 June 2023.
Europa Conference League Past Winners
Being that the Europe Conference League is the youngest European competition, there is not much history that goes along with it. This is going to be only the second season this championship takes place, with Roma being the original winner.
Last season, Jose Mourinho’s Roma ousted Feyenoord in the final held at the Arena Kombetare in Tirana. The Italian giant managed to win their first ever European trophy thanks to an effort from Nicolo Zaniolo in the 32nd minute of the game for a 1:0 Giallorossi win.
Europa Conference League Player of the Year and Top Scorer
The player’s performance will be an interesting part of any Europa Conference League predictions. Last season, Roma’s Lorenzo Pellegrini was voted the best player in the competition.
On the other hand, Feyenoord’s Cyriel Dessers helped his team to get to the finals by bagging a total of 10 goals. This feat earned him the title of the best goalscorer in front of Tammy Abraham, who had nine.
Europa Conference League Favourites and Betting Odds
When it comes to the Europa Conference League predictions about who might go all the way and win it, three names come to mind right off the bat.
Fiorentina will be featuring in European competition after a long time. They do have an opportunity to win it and with the additions of Luka Jovic and Dodo, they just might be able to do it. You can expect a lot of Europa Conference League predictions for Fiorentina matches.
Villarreal from La Liga is no stranger to playing in Europan tournaments. It was only two years ago that they won the Europa League, which makes them a prime contender for the title of the Europa Conference League. Unai Emery is an expert when it comes to tournament-style competitions and he will have mostly an unchanged squad compared to the previous season.
Finally, West Ham United will be playing in back-to-back European competitions. Last season, they made it all the way to the semi-fails of the Europa League. This year, they hope to go all the way and win the Europa Conference League crown. The Hammers are taking this season rather seriously and have brought in Gianluca Scamacca and Nayef Aguerd to strengthen their squad.
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