After being postponed in March, the Europa League is back this week to continue from where it left off, albeit with a very different ending to the tournament compared to what had originally been planned. When we left the tournament, we were in the middle of the Round of 16, with a number of first leg ties having been played.

So what will happen this week is that the six matches that have already played their first leg will play their second leg at the venues of the team slated to play at home in this leg. However, two fixtures that saw their first leg cancelled, Inter Milan v Getafe and Sevilla v AS Roma, will play a special one-off, winner progresses fixture at a neutral venue in Germany.

Once the eight quarterfinalists from the Round of 16 are then known, the remaining Europa League games will be played at a neutral venue in Germany with the winner of each single leg tie progressing into the semifinals, which will also be a one leg tie at a neutral venue, as will the final with all matches set to take place in Germany from the 5th to the 21st August. Extra time and penalties will be used to decide the outcome of each game on the day it is played.

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Let’s now take a look at where we stand in the Europa League at present.

Europa League Current Situation

Round of 16 Fixtures and First Leg Results

  • Istanbul Basaksehir 1-0 FC Copenhagen
  • LASK Linz 0-5 Manchester United
  • Eintracht Frankfurt 0-3 FC Basel
  • Olympiacos 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
  • Rangers 1-3 Bayer Leverkusen
  • Wolfsburg 1-2 Shakhtar Donetsk
  • Getafe P-P Inter Milan
  • AS Roma P-P Sevilla

Fixtures for Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th August

  • Copenhagen (0) v (1) Istanbul Basaksehir
  • Manchester United (5) v (0) LASK Linz
  • FC Basel (3) v (0) Eintracht Frankfurt
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers (1) v (1) Olympiacos
  • Bayer Leverkusen (3) v (1) Rangers
  • Shakhtar Donetsk (2) v (1) Wolfsburg
  • Inter Milan v Getafe – One Off Tie – Veltins Arena
  • AS Roma v Sevilla – One Off Tie – MSV Arena

What we have here is the first six games above will proceed with their second leg ties as normal to decide the winner. However the Inter Milan v Getafe and AS Roma v Sevilla games will be single leg ties played at a neutral venue in Germany.

Quarterfinals and onwards

Once the eight teams that make it through the Round of 16 are known, then the action will move solely to a number of stadia around Germany and will be contested in a single leg format. The eight teams will then be drawn into one of four quarterfinals, each played on the 10th or 11th of August. The winners of the quarterfinals will then move onto the semifinals, which will both be played on Sunday 16th August, with the final taking place on Friday 21st August at 8pm.

Extra time and penalties will be used in each tie to decide the winner if the teams are tied after 90 minutes in any of the remaining games.

Our Europa League Accumulator Tip

We have out together the following accumulator bets for the Europa League for both Wednesday and Thursday night’s fixtures this week. You can back them either as a two four-team accumulator bets each night, or combine all games into a single eight-selection accumulator bet if you prefer.

Wednesday 5th August Fixtures

  • FC Copenhagen v Istanbul Basaksehir – Draw – 9/4
  • Shakhtar Donetsk v Wolfsburg – Home Win – 5/4
  • Inter Milan v Getafe – Inter Milan Win – 7/10
  • Manchester United v LASK Linz – Home Win – 1/4

With odds provided by bet365 at the time of writing, this bet would return at odds of 14.53/1, meaning a £10 stake would see you win £145.30.

Thursday 6th August Fixtures

  • Bayer Leverkusen v Rangers – Home Win – 8/13
  • Sevilla v AS Roma – Draw – 11/5
  • FC Basel v Eintracht Frankfurt – Home Win – 13/10
  • Wolves v Olympiacos – Home Win – 8/11

With the odds above supplied by bet365 at the time of writing, this second accumulator bet for Thursday’s games would return at odds of 19.53/1, which means £195.30 in winnings for a £10 bet.

Combined Wed/Thu accumulator

Back all eight fixtures in a single accumulator with bet365 at the odds shown above (which were correct at the time of writing) and you could see an eightfold bet at odds of 318.1/1. That means a £10 bet on this, if the bet is a winner, would see you return £3181.00 .

Remember to join us later this week for our look at the return of games in the Champions League on Friday and Saturday evening, including Manchester City’s huge second leg of their Round of 16 tie with Real Madrid.