The opening two seasons of the Europa Conference League have provided true continental drama – and the 2023/24 edition has all the hallmarks to be another classic.
West Ham were the defending champions after overcoming Fiorentina in Prague back in May but are going for bigger things in the Europa League this time around, so there will be a new name on the trophy. But who will it be?
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2023/2024 Europa Conference League Key Dates
- Qualifying begins: 13th July 2023
- Group Stage draw: 1st September 2023
- Group Stage begins: 21st September 2023
- Group Stage ends: 14th December 2023
- Knock-out stage begins: 15th February 2024
- Final: 29th May 2024
Europa Conference League winner odds
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2023/24 Europa Conference League group stage draw
- Group A: Lille, Slovan Bratislava, Olimpija Ljubljana, KI
- Group B: Gent, Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Zorya Luhansk, Breidablik
- Group C: Dinamo Zagreb, Viktoria Plzen, Astana, Ballkani
- Group D: Club Brugge, Bodo/Glimt, Besiktas, Lugano
- Group E: AZ Alkmaar, Aston Villa, Legia Warsaw, Zrinjski Mostar
- Group F: Ferencvaros, Fiorentina, Genk, Cukaricki
- Group G: Eintracht Frankfurt, PAOK, HJK Helsinki, Aberdeen
- Group H: Fenerbahce, Ludogorets, Spartak Tranava, Nordsjaelland
2023/24 Europa Conferece League Group Stage schedule
- Matchday 1: 21 September 2023
- Matchday 2: 5 October 2023
- Matchday 3: 26 October 2023
- Matchday 4: 27 November 2023
- Matchday 5: 30 November 2023
- Matchday 6: 14 December 2023
Who are the Europa Conference League favourites for 2023/24?
Returning to Europe for the first time since the 2010/2011 season, Aston Villa will be hoping to replicate West Ham’s success in this competition when they get underway in September. In Unai Emery they have a manager with serious European pedigree who has added some star quality to the squad this summer in the shape of Youri Tielemans from Leicester City, Spanish defender Pau Torres and Moussa Diaby who has arrived from Bayer Leverkusen for a club record fee.
Last season’s beaten finalists Fiorentina will have felt they’d missed out on European football after their defeat to West Ham in Prague, but they’ve been handed a reprise after Juventus were banned from the tournament for the upcoming season. Viola clearly have the experience to go far in this competition following last season’s exploits and with the likes of Giacomo Bonaventura and Nicolas Gonzalez they carry an unmistakable goal threat into this competition.
Europa League winners just two years ago, Frankfurt have now dropped into the Conference League after a relatively disappointing 7th placed finish in the Bundesliga last year. Many key components of that successful squad remain at Deutsche Bank Park though Kevin Trapp, Djibril Sow and Jesper Lindstrom while they now possess a more reliable goal threat in the shape of French forward Randal Kolo Muani.
Having never tasted European success before, French club Lille will have their sights set on a productive campaign this time around and they have all of the elements in place to be among the frontrunners in the Europa Conference League. In Paulo Fonseca they possess a highly-rated manager with a possession-based approach and in Jonathan David and Remy Cabella they possess the kind of incisive attacking threat that can hurt any team in this competition.
Representing the Netherlands in this season’s competition are AZ Alkmaar, who reached the semi-final stage last season and have had some success in the Europa League in recent years, reaching the knock-out stages on a handful of occasions. With a domestic title tilt unlikely, they may prioritise Europe again and Vangelis Pavlidis may even have enough in front of goal to compete to be the competition’s top scorer if the Cheesemakers can progress far enough.