Conference League Group Stage Draw – Fixtures, Latest Betting And More

Conference League Group Stage Draw – Fixtures, Latest Betting And More

The final part of our three-part series this week reviewing the main draws for the three UEFA competitions this season focuses on the Europa Conference League.

This new competition has actually proven to be a huge success. Not only has it given some of the lesser lights in Europe a chance to shine in a big competition, but it has also improved the quality of the Europa League markedly too.

The fact it now mirrors the format of the Europa League and closely that of the Champions League also helps keep the fixtures tidy as we progress through the season.

Last season, West Ham defeated Fiorentina in the final to claim their first European trophy for many years and this year, it is Aston Villa who will represent England in this competition, with West Ham earning a spot in the Europa League by virtue of their victory.

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Group A

KI

Lille

Olimpija Ljubljana

Slovan Bratislava

Fixtures

20th September

3.30pm – Lille v Olimpija Ljubljana

21st September

8.00pm – Slovan Bratislava v KI

5th October

5.45pm – Olimpija Ljubljana v Slovan Bratislava

5.45pm – KI v Lille

26th October

5.45pm – KI v Olimpija Ljubljana

5.45pm – Lille v Slovan Bratislava

9th November

8.00pm – Olimpija Ljubljana v KI

8.00pm – Slovan Bratislava v Lille

30th November

5.45pm – Olimpija Ljubljana v Lille

5.45pm –  KI v Slovan Bratislava

14th December

8.00pm – Lille v KI

8.00pm – Slovan Bratislava v Olimpija Ljubljana

Latest Odds To Win Conference League

KI – 500/1

Lille – 12/1

Olimpija Ljubljana – 200/1

Slovan Bratislava – 40/1

Group Preview And Tips

Lille should win Group A comfortably as they are the class outfit here and Slovan Bratislava will likely finish second.

Group B

Breidabik

Gent

Maccabi Tel-Aviv

Zorya Luhansk

Fixtures

21st September

8.00pm – Maccabi Tel Aviv v Breidabik

8.00pm – Zorya Luhansk v Gent

5th October

5.45pm – Gent v Maccabi Tel Aviv

5.45pm – Breidabik v Zorya Luhansk

26th October

5.45pm – Gent v Breidabik

5.45pm – Maccabi Tel Aviv v Zorya Luhansk

9th November

8.00pm – Breidabik v Gent

8.00pm – Zorya Luhansk v Maccabi Tel Aviv

30th November

5.45pm – Gent v Zorya Luhansk

8.00pm – Breidabik v Maccabi Tel Aviv

14th December

8.00pm – Maccabi Tel Avib – Gent

8.00pm – Zorya Luhansk v Breidabik

Latest Odds To Win Conference League

Breidabik – 250/1

Gent – 40/1

Maccabi Tel-Aviv – 150/1

Zorya Luhansk – 250/1

Group Preview And Tips

An interesting group. Gent should win the group, but each of their opponents will offer a challenge away from home. Who finishes second is more of a question and I think it could be the Israeli side Maccabi Tel Aviv that make it through.

Group C

Astana

Ballkani

Dinamo Zagreb

Viktoria Plzen

Fixtures

21st September

8.00pm – Dinamo Zagreb v Astana

8.00pm – Viktoria Plzen v Ballkani

5th October

3.30pm – Astana v Viktoria Plzen

5.45pm – Ballkani v Dinamo Zagreb

26th October

5.45pm – Ballkani v Astana

8.00pm – Dinamo Zagreb v Viktoria Plzen

9th November

3.30pm – Astana v Ballkani

5.45pm – Viktoria Plzen v Dinamo Zagreb

30th November

3.30pm – Astana v Dinamo Zagreb

5.45pm – Ballkani v Viktoria Plzen

14th December

8.00pm – Dinamo Zagreb v Ballkani

8.00pm – Viktoria Plzen v Astana

Latest Odds To Win Conference League

Astana – 100/1

Ballkani – 500/1

Dinamo Zagreb – 40/1

Viktoria Plzen – 40/1

Group Preview And Tips

Astana is a tricky place to visit for any European team but I think both Zagreb and Plzen will have more than enough quality to qualify from this group, probably with the Czech outfit Viktoria Plzen finishing in top spot.

Group D

Besiktas

Bodo Glimt

Club Brugge

Lugano

Fixtures

21st September

8.00pm – Lugano v Bodo Glimt

8.00pm – Club Brugge v Besiktas

5th October

5.45pm – Besiktas v Lugano

5.45pm – Bodo Glimt v Club Brugge

26th October

5.45pm – Lugano v Club Brugge

8.00pm – Bodo Glimt v Besiktas

9th November

5.45pm – Besiktas v Bodo Glimt

8.00pm – Club Brugge v Lugano

30th November

5.45pm – Besiktas v Club Brugge

5.45pm – Bodo Glimt v Lugano

14th December

8.00pm – Club Brugge v Bodo Glimt

8.00pm – Lugano v Besiktas

Latest Odds To Win Conference League

Besiktas – 25/1

Bodo Glimt – 150/1

Club Brugge – 20/1

Lugano – 150/1

Group Preview And Tips

Besiktas and Club Brugge stand out in Group D as the teams most likely to qualify, but you can’t rule out Bodo Glimt. The Norwegian side have upset some big teams in past years and could provide a shock here if either Besiktas or Brugge slip up. That said, I don’t think either will.

Group E

AZ Alkmaar

Aston Villa

Legia Warzaw

Zrjinski

Fixtures

21st September

5.45pm – Legia Warzaw v Aston Villa

5.45pm – Zrinjski v AZ Alkmaar

5th October

8.00pm – Aston Villa v Zrinjski

8.00pm – AZ Alkmaar v Legia Warzaw

26th October

5.45pm – AZ Alkmaar v Aston Villa

8.00pm – Zrinjski v Legia Warzaw

9th November

5.45pm – Legia Warzaw v Zrinjski

8.00pm – Aston Villa v AZ Alkmaar

30th November

5.45pm – AZ Alkmaar v Zrinjski

8.00pm – Aston Villa v Legia Warzaw

14th December

5.45pm – Legia Warzaw v AZ Alkmaar

5.45pm – Zrinjski v Aston Villa

Latest Odds To Win Conference League

AZ Alkmaar – 14/1

Aston Villa – 4/1 fav

Legia Warzaw – 150/1

Zrjinski – 500/1

Group Preview And Tips

There is a lot more quality in Group E than previous groups with AZ Alkmaar and Aston Villa being the dominant forces. That said Zrinjski will be a tough away game in Serbia for all teams in this group and Legia Warzaw are no pushovers either. It won’t be straightforward but I think AZ and Villa do make it through.

Group F

Cukaricki

Ferencvaros

Fiorentina

Genk

Fixtures

21st September

5.45pm – Ferencvaros v Cukaricki

5.45pm – Genk v Fiorentina

5th October

8.00pm – Cukaricki v Genk

8.00pm – Fiorentina v Ferencvaros

26th October

8.00pm – Fiorentina v Cukaricki

8.00pm – Genk v Ferencvaros

9th November

5.45pm – Ferencvaros v Genk

5.45pm – Cukaricki v Fiorentina

30th November

8.00pm – Cukaricki v Ferencvaros

8.00pm – Fiorentina v Genk

14th December

5.45pm – Genk v Cukaricki

5.45pm – Ferencvaros v Fiorentina

Latest Odds To Win Conference League

Cukaricki – 250/1

Ferencvaros – 100/1

Fiorentina – 7/1

Genk – 20/1

Group Preview And Tips

Group F should be won by Fiorentina, last year’s losing finalists in this competition. Genk should also be strong showers in this group but Ferencvaros have looked dangerous in Europe the last few years and I think the Hungarians could surprise the Belgian side here and finish second behind Fiorentina.

Group G

Aberdeen

Eintracht Frankfurt

HJK

PAOK Salonika

Fixtures

21st September

5.45pm – Eintracht Frankfurt v Aberdeen

5.45pm – HJK v PAOK Salonika

5th October

8.00pm – Aberdeen. V HJK

8.00pm – PAOK v Eintracht Frankfurt

26th October

8.00pm – Aberdeen v PAOK

8.00pm – Eintracht Frankfurt v HJK

9th November

5.45pm – PAOK v Aberdeen

5.45pm – HJK v Eintracht Frankfurt

30th November

5.45pm – HJK v Aberdeen

8.00pm – Eintracht Frankfurt – PAOK

14th December

5.45pm – Aberdeen v Eintracht Frankfurt

5.45pm – PAOK v HJK

Latest Odds To Win Conference League

Aberdeen – 150/1

Eintracht Frankfurt – 10/1

HJK – 250/1

PAOK Salonika – 40/1

Group Preview And Tips

Eintracht Frankfurt will win this group, I have no doubts about that and they may win all six games. The question for me is who finishes second. Aberdeen are probably the better of the other two teams, but it is a coin toss between all three. Despite this, I am going for Aberdeen to surprise everyone and claim the second spot in the group.

Group H

Fenerbahce

Ludogoretz Razgrad

Nordsjaelland

Spartak Trnava

Fixtures

21st September

5.45pm – Fenerbahce v Nordsjaelland

5.45pm – Ludogorets v Spartak Trnava

5th October

8.00pm – Norsjaelland v Ludogorets

8.00pm – Spartak Trnava v Fenerbahce

26th October

5.45pm – Fenerbahce v Ludogorets

8.00pm – Spartak Trnava v Nordsjaelland

9th November

5.45pm – Nordsjaelland v Spartak Trnava

8.00pm – Ludogorets v Fenerbahce

30th November

8.00pm – Spartak Trnava v Ludogorets

8.00pm – Nordsjaelland v Fenerbahce

14th December

5.45pm – Ludogorets v Nordsjaelland

5.45pm – Fenerbahce v Spartak Trnava

Latest Odds To Win Conference League

Fenerbahce – 25/1

Ludogoretz Razgrad – 40/1

Nordsjaelland – 100/1

Spartak Trnava – 250/1

Group Preview And Tips

Not the most appealing of groups in terms of big names but Turkish side Fenerbahce should win this group, and Ludogorets should finish second. Nodsjaelland may push them both hard here, but I stil expect the two favourites to progress.

Author: Timothy Henderson