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Europa League Final 2017 predictions and betting tips: When is the Europa League Final 2017?

  • The Europa League Final 2017 will take place on May 24 at the Friends Arena
  • Get the latest predictions, preview and betting tips for the big showdown here
Sevilla players celebrate with the Europa League trophy (credit: Getty Images)

The Europa League is the secondary continental club competition behind the Champions League and contested over a similar format of qualifiers, a group stage and a knockout phase, albeit involving a greater number of participating teams.

That means an extra knockout round takes place to reduce the group-stage qualifiers from 32 to 16 and they are whittled down on a head-to-head basis via two-leg home-and-away ties to determine the two finalists.

The club that wins the Europa League will automatically enter the group stage of next season’s Champions League if they have not already achieved that through their own domestic competition - which applies to both Manchester United and Ajax.

When and where is the Europa League Final 2017?

The Friends Arena in Solna, just outside the Swedish capital Stockholm, will stage the Europa League Final on Wednesday May 24 with a 19:45 BST kick-off.

Opened in 2012 as Sweden’s national football stadium to replace the now-demolished Rasunda Stadium a kilometre away, the Friends Arena took three years to build and has a capacity of just over 50,000 for sporting events.

The Friends Arena in Solna, just outside Stockholm, venue for the 2017 Europa League Final (Getty Images)

Who will play in the Europa League Final?

Manchester United will take on Ajax in the 2017 Europa League Final as the season-long favourites face a Dutch team who have surprised many with their progress through the knockout stage.

United have always been top of the bookmakers’ lists for who would lift the trophy and after finishing second to Fenerbahce in a tough group, they have ousted St Etienne, Rostov, Anderlecht and Celta Vigo during the knockout stage.

Ajax topped their pool, finishing unbeaten in their six matches, and then came through ties against Legia Warsaw, Copenhagen, Schalke and Lyon by winning all their home matches albeit they lost the away leg on three of those occasions and drew the other.

The two finalists have met twice previously in this competition and its predecessor, the UEFA Cup. In 2011-12, United won 3-2 on aggregate and in 1976-77 the Red Devils advanced 2-1 over the two legs.

Past winners and finals

Sevilla have emerged from nowhere in the last decade or so to become comfortably the most successful club in the history of the Europa League and its predecessor the UEFA Cup, which was inaugurated in 1971-72.

The Spanish club’s five victories have put them two ahead of Inter Milan, Juventus and Liverpool, while Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Monchengladbach began the knockout stage hoping they would be able to join those three-time winners but ultimatelty fell short. Manchester United are seeking a first victory and Ajax a second, their previous success coming in 1992.

Europa League Winners

2014Sevilla0-0 (won on penalties)Benfica
2012Atletico Madrid3-0Athletic Bilbao
2010Atletico Madrid2-1 (after extra time)Fulham
2009Shakhtar Donetsk2-1 (after extra time)Werder Bremen
2008Zenit St Petersburg2-0 Rangers
2007Sevilla2-2 (won on penalties)Espanyol

Outright Europa League best odds (to lift the trophy)

  1/2 Manchester United (Betfair Sportsbook)
16/9 Ajax (188BET)

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