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Have you got soccer fever after watching one of the best World Cup tournaments of all time?  

Are you already missing the action on the pitch? 

 Well, fret not: there will be plenty of soccer all over the globe to watch, and wager on, in the coming months. Heck, some of the leagues have already started back up DURING the Qatar World Cup (English Championship for one), and there will be key cup matches just days after the final in England and other countries around Europe.  

 So, you will not be without soccer once the World Cup ends, which is a change from the usual summer schedule. 

 The three UEFA competitions will not return until February, but the draws happened, and we know which teams will face off in the eight Europa League playoffs. The winners of the ties will move on to the Round of 16 draw. 

 Here is a list of all eight ties: 

 Europa League Knockout Playoffs — 1st Legs 



Match Time 

(BST / ET) 

Thu, Feb. 16 Barcelona vs Manchester United 17:45 / 12:45 
Thu, Feb. 16 Juventus vs Nantes 20:00 / 15:00 
Thu, Feb. 16 Sporting CP vs Midtjylland 20:00 / 15:00 
Thu, Feb. 16 Shakhtar Donetsk vs Rennes 17:45 / 12:45 
Thu, Feb. 16 Ajax vs Union Berlin 17:45 / 12:45 
Thu, Feb. 16 Bayer Leverkusen vs Monaco 20:00 / 15:00 
Thu, Feb. 16 Sevilla vs PSV 20:00 / 15:00 
Thu, Feb. 16 Salzburg vs Roma 17:45 / 12:45 


Europa League Knockout Playoffs — 2nd Legs 



Match Time 


Thu, Feb. 23 Manchester United vs Barcelona 20:00 / 15:00 
Thu, Feb. 23 Nantes vs Juventus 17:45 / 12:45 
Thu, Feb. 23 Midtjylland vs Sporting CP 17:45 / 12:45 
Thu, Feb. 23 Rennes vs Shakhtar Donetsk 20:00 / 15:00 
Thu, Feb. 23 Union Berlin vs Ajax 20:00 / 15:00 
Thu, Feb. 23 Monaco vs Bayer Leverkusen 17:45 / 12:45 
Thu, Feb. 23 PSV vs Sevilla 17:45 / 12:45 
Thu, Feb. 23 Roma vs Salzburg 20:00 / 15:00 

 Interestingly, the two teams with the best odds to win the tournament of the 16 playoff teams will face off in a heavyweight home and home battle, as Manchester United will head to Barcelona for the first leg on Thursday, February 16. 

 Right now, it is Arsenal, which leads the Premier League table heading into Christmas, that has the best odds with most Louisiana online sportsbooks at +400. 

 There are some very good sides in this tournament, and this could be one of the most wide-open four months in the history of the cup. 

 Which team is going to win it? Here are the odds for all 32 teams left in the cup: 

 Latest 2023 Europa League Winner Odds 


Team Odds 
Arsenal +400 
Barcelona +450 
Manchester United +700 
Real Betis +1200 
Ajax +1200 
Juventus +1200 
Real Sociedad +1400 
Freiburg +1800 
AS Roma +1800 
Sevilla +2200 
Leverkusen +2800 
PSV Eindhoven +3500 
Sporting Lisbon +3500 
Salzburg +3500 
Stade Rennes +4000 
Union Berlin +5000 
Monaco +5000 
Feyenoord +5000 
Fenerbahce +5000 
Shakhtar Donetsk +5000 
Union Saint Gilloise +6500 
Nantes +15000 
Midtjylland +15000 
Ferencvaros +15000 

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