BT Sport have used data to predict the entire 2019/20 Europa League season


European football has made a triumphant return this week.

Supporters finally had their appetite satiated when the Champions League got underway, treating us to huge clashes with Paris Saint-Germain vs Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund vs Barcelona.

However, the return of continental clashes doesn't end with the premier event because there's plenty to look forward to in the Europa League, which now takes centre stage on Thursday night.

Arsenal will be hoping to go one better this season after their final defeat to Chelsea and in Unai Emery, they have a manager will unparalleled experience of winning the competition.

They're not the only Premier League side in the tournament either with Manchester United gunning to secure Champions League qualification through the 'backdoor' this season.

Europa League approaches

Then there's Wolverhampton Wanderers, who are making an exciting foray into European football, and the two Old Firm sides who will both be flying the flag for British football on the continent.

And while, yes, there are some teams that could feasibly lose every game, there's also the well-supported likes of FC Porto, Sevilla, AS Roma and Wolfsburg to look forward to.

Plus, who knows which teams will drop down from the Champions League to enter the equation for the knockout rounds? There's just so many moving parts to consider.


Europa League predicted

However, the team at BT Sport have given us the best chance of predicting how the campaign will play out and that comes in the form of their well-publicised 'The Script' project.

Amalgamating data from Google, Opta and Squawka, they have simulated some of football's biggest competitions and the Europa League is no exception.

And their statistics are pointing towards a victory for Tottenham Hotspur no less, defeating United in the final after dropping out of the Champions League group stages.

But don't just take our word for it, check out the full predicted knockout rounds below:


Tottenham: From the Champions League final to Europa League final in 12 months.

Does it seem likely? Well, it's certainly within the realms of possibility considering Spurs are in a group with Bayern Munich and faltered their way to a 2-2 draw with Olympiacos. 

They are, however, forecasted to defeat Genk, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Napoli and RB Leipzig en route to defeating their Premier League rivals by a narrow 1-0 scoreline. 

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As for Arsenal, it's more Europa League heartbreak as came up short to another English team all over again, losing to United in the quarter-finals with an aggregate score of 3-2.

But regardless of whether the data gets it correct or not, football fans should at least keep their fingers crossed that as many all-English clashes as forecasted transpire later this season.

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