Following on from two exciting nights of Champions League action across Europe on Tuesday and Wednesday, today our attention turns to the other two big European competitions taking place this season.

They are the Europa League and the relative newcomer to the scene, the Europa Conference League.

After a successful first season, which saw the quality of the Europa League improve greatly following the introduction of the Europa Conference League, both these tournaments are back in their usual Thursday night slots and they will play through their group stages in the same week of the Champions League games.

There are two British or Irish teams in the Europa League this season, Arsenal and Manchester United, while there are three British or Irish teams in the Europa Conference League, West Ham United, Hearts and Shamrock Rovers.

In this article, we are going to preview both competitions, run through the groups, giving you our two teams to qualify from each group (as well as which team to back to win the group), as well as give you our quick tips for how we see each of the 16 games in each competition turning out this week.

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Europa League Preview

The draw for the Europa League was completed at the same time as the other two draw for the other two European competitions and has produced the following group set up.

Group A

  • Arsenal
  • PSV Eindhoven
  • Bodo Glimt
  • FC Zurich

To Win Group & Qualify – Arsenal (1-3), PSV Eindhoven

Group B

  • Dynamo Kyiv
  • Rennes
  • Fenerbahce
  • AEK Larnaca

To Win Group & Qualify – Rennes (11/8), Fenerbahce

Group C

  • AS Roma
  • Ludogorets Razgrad
  • Real Betis
  • HJK Helsinki

To Win Group & Qualify – AS Roma (4/6), Real Betis

Group D

  • Braga
  • Malmo
  • Union Berlin
  • Union Saint-Gilloise

To Win Group & Qualify – Union Berlin (6/4), Braga

Group E

  • Manchester United
  • Real Sociedad
  • Sheriff Tiraspol
  • Omonia Nicosia

To Win Group & Qualify – Man Utd (4/7), Real Sociedad

Group F

  • Lazio
  • Feyenoord
  • Midtjylland
  • SK Sturm Graz

To Win Group & Qualify – Feyenoord (12/5), Lazio

Group G

  • Olympiacos
  • FK Qarabag
  • SC Freiburg
  • Nantes

To Win Group & Qualify – SC Freiburg (6/4), Nantes

Group H

  • Red Star Belgrade
  • AS Monaco
  • Ferencvaros
  • Trabzonspor

To Win Group & Qualify – AS Monaco (5/6), Red Star Belgrade

Europa League Fixtures & Tips For Matchday 1

  • PSV Eindhoven v Bodo Glimt – PSV to win – 4/11
  • FC Zurich v Arsenal – Arsenal to win – 1/3
  • Fenerbahce v Dynamo Kyiv – Fenerbahce to win – 13/20
  • Ludogorets Razgrad v AS Roma – AS Roma to win – 8/15
  • AEK Larnaca v Rennes – Rennes to win – 4/6
  • Malmo v Braga – Draw – 12/5
  • HJK Helsinki v Real Betis – Real Betis to win – 4/11
  • Union Berlin v Union Saint-Gilloise – Union Berlin to win – 11/20
  • Lazio v Feyenoord – Lazio to win – Evens
  • Manchester United v Real Sociedad – Man Utd to win – 13/20
  • Red Star Belgrade v AS Monaco – Red Star Belgrade to win – 12/5
  • Ferencvaros v Trabzonspor – Draw – 12/5
  • Omonia Nicosia v Sheriff Tiraspol – Sheriff Tiraspol to win – 23/10
  • SK Sturm Graz v Midtjylland  – Draw – 23/10
  • Nantes v Olympiacos – Draw – 9/4
  • SC Freiburg v Qarabag FK – SC Freiburg to win – 4/11

Europa League Outright Winner

  • Arsenal – 11/2
  • Manchester United – 8/1
  • AS Roma – 14/1
  • Lazio, Real Betis, Real Sociedad – 25/1
  • PSV – 33/1
  • SC Freiburg, Union Berlin – 40/1
  • Feyenoord, AS Monaco – 50/1
  • Braga, Fenerbahce, Olympiakos, Rennes – 66/1
  • 100/1 bar

The two English teams lead the betting along with AS Roma, with other Italian, Spanish, Dutch, German and French sides then in the mix.

For me, Arsenal have a solid record in this competition, as do Man Utd, so I can understand those odds and both may feel this tournament offers them a realistic chance of success.

However, I also feel AS Roma may well feel that and I think under Jose Mourinho, who has a great record in this competition, they are the team to back here at 14/1.

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Europa Conference League Preview

The 32 teams that qualified for the group stage of the Europa Conference League are outlined in their groups below.

Group A

  • Fiorentina
  • Hearts
  • Istanbul Basaksehir
  • RFS

To Win Group & Qualify – Fiorentina, Istanbul Basaksehir

Group B

  • Anderlecht
  • FCSB
  • Silkeborg
  • West Ham United

To Win Group & Qualify – West Ham United, Anderlecht

Group C

  • Austria Vienna
  • Hapoel Beer-Sheva
  • Lech Poznan
  • Villarreal

To Win Group & Qualify – Villarreal, Lech Poznan

Group D

  • Koln
  • Nice
  • Partizan Belgrade
  • Slovacko

To Win Group & Qualify – Nice, Koln

Group E

  • AZ Alkmaar
  • Apollon Limassol
  • Dnipro-1
  • FC Vaduz

To Win Group & Qualify – AZ Alkmaar, Dnipro-1

Group F

  • Djurgarden
  • Gent
  • Molde
  • Shamrock Rovers

To Win Group & Qualify – Gent, Djurgarden

Group G

  • Ballkani
  • CFR Cluj
  • Sivasspor
  • Slavia Prague

To Win Group & Qualify – Slavia Prague, CFR Cluj

Group H

  • FC Basel
  • Pyunik Yerevan
  • Slovan Bratislava
  • Zalgiris Vilnius

To Win Group & Qualify – FC Basel, Slovan Bratislava

Europa Conference League Fixtures & Tips For Matchday 1

  • Villarreal v Lech Poznan – Villarreal to Win – 2/7
  • Nice v FC Koln – Nice to Win – 13/8
  • Slovacko v Partizan Belgrade – Draw – 12/5
  • Ballkani v CFR Cluj – CFR Cluj to Win – 23/20
  • Anderlecht v Silkeborg – Anderlecht to Win – 13/20
  • Fiorentina v RFS – Fiorentina to Win – 1/8
  • Austria Vienna v Hapoel Beer-Sheva – Austria Vienna to win – 11/10
  • Hearts v Istanbul Basaksehir – Draw – 12/5
  • Dnipro-1 v AZ Alkmaar – AZ Alkmaar to win – 11/20
  • West Ham v FCSB – West Ham to win – 1/5
  • FC Vaduz v Apollon Limassol – Draw – 23/10
  • Slovan Bratislava v Zalgiris Vilnius – Slovan Bratislava to win – 3/4
  • Sivasspor v Slavia Prague – Draw – 12/5
  • Molde v Gent – Draw – 29/10
  • FC Basel v Pyunik Yerevan – FC Basel to win – 1/7
  • Shamrock Rovers v Djurgarden – Djurgarden to win – Evens

UEFA Europa Conference League Outright Winner

  • Villarreal – 11/2
  • West Ham – 13/2
  • Fiorentina – 10/1
  • Koln, Nice – 14/1
  • AZ Alkmaar – 20/1
  • FC Basel – 25/1
  • Istanbul Basaksehir, Slavia Prague, Anderlecht – 33/1
  • 40/1 bar

Spanish side Villarreal lead the betting, unsurprising given they reached the Champions League semifinals last year. They are followed by the top five teams in the tournament alongside them, West Ham, Fiorentina, Koln and Nice.

Villarreal will likely go deep in this tournament, but I think West Ham should not be afraid of any team in this competition and after a mainly positive experience in the tournament last year, I think David Moyes team at 13/2 are a very good bet for an outright winner punt.

All odds shown were correct with bet365 Sport at the time of writing but may have changed in the meantime.