🍾 Who will win the Europa League? Ranking the last eight's chances

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Lewis Ambrose

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So we have our Europa League quarter-finalists. At long last!

With those games kicking off on Monday, we’ve ranked each side’s chances of winning the whole thing, from least to most likely.


8. Copenhagen

Honestly? We’re not actually sure how they’ve got this far.

The club from the Danish capital have been poor in the Europa League season and disappointing in the league too.

With Manchester United up next, we can’t see anything but a quarter-final exit.


7. Basel

It’s not so long ago that Basel, with youngsters like Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri, beat Manchester United.

They aren’t quite that same for anymore and finished third in Switzerland this season, their worst campaign since 2009.

We can’t see them going much further.


6. Shakhtar Donetsk

Playing since the end of May, but without the fixture pile-up of some of the English sides, Shakhtar are pretty well placed.

They’ve won seven and drawn just two of their Ukrainian Premier League games since returning to action and swept Wolfsburg aside in their last 16 clash.

Ready for an upset?


5. Wolves

After a strong Premier League campaign, Wolves will consider themselves dark horses for the trophy. And rightly so.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side are defensively superb and lethal on the break, a perfect combination for one-legged ties, but they arguably have the toughest quarter-final draw.


4. Bayer Leverkusen

Maybe Kai Havertz will leave Bayer Leverkusen this summer but maybe he’ll fire them to glory first?

The German club ended the Bundesliga season strongly and have since had a lengthy break – will that leave them refreshed or out of rhythm?

Whichever it is, they’ll believe in their chances after a strong second half of the season under Peter Bosz saw them click at both ends of the pitch.


3. Sevilla

Nobody has won this competition  more times than Sevilla, lifting it twice as the Uefa Cup and three more times since it was renamed the Europa League and the LaLiga outfit may just be the form side in all of Europe right now.

Julen Lopetegui’s side are unbeaten since February and won five of their last six league games to secure Champions League football for next season.

A convincing 2-0 defeat of Roma on Thursday underlined their credentials.


2. Inter

They may have been inconsistent this season but nobody will fancy facing Inter. The Italian giants have a formidable front two in Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martínez, while the rest of the team has been brilliantly drilled by Antonio Conte.

They’re looking to end a nine-year trophy drought and you’d be brave to bet against them.


1. Manchester United

A few months ago you may not have considered them favourites but it’s pretty clear cut now.

Manchester United ended the Premier League strongly, hitting on a superb formula up front.

With Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes backing up Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, United just appear to have too much firepower to handle.

As long as they don’t slip up defensively, they’ll believe they have every chance of returning home with the trophy in hand.