Europa League : Latest Swansea v Petrolul Ploiesti, Tottenham v Tblisi odds
Europa League football continues with Swansea v Petrolul Ploiesti, Spurs v Tblisisi as Bet365 release odds and live streaming information on all of tonight’s games.
With a busy evening ahead there are plenty of opportunities for punters and fans alike as the Stoke based firm make the Welsh side and Tottenham heavy favourites going into their respective games.
Swansea will be hoping to secure a healthy first leg advantage when they welcome Romanian cup winners Petrolul Ploiesti to the Liberty Stadium.
EUROPA LEAGUE ODDS – LIVE STREAMING
Tblilisi v Tottenham 5.00pm : Tblilisi 7/1, draw 7/2, Tottenham 1/2
Swansea v Ploiesti 7.05pm : Swansea 4/9, draw 4/1, Ploiesti 8/1
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The defending league cup winners were comfortable winners at home in the last round, beating Swedish side Malmo 4-0 before securing their place in the final qualifier with a 0-0 draw away.
Michael Laudrup’s men suffered a disappointing opening day defeat to Manchester United, going down 4-1 in front of their owns fans and the defeat was made even worse following the new that Nathan Dyer picked up a hamstring injury and is out of Thursday’s clash.
Dyer is joined on the sidelines by Jonathan de Guzman with the Dutchman still struggling with the concussion sustained whilst on International Duty.
With a tricky trip away to big spending Tottenham looming Laudrup could shuffle his pack Neil Taylor, Wilfried Bony, Pablo Hernandez and Ki Sung-Yueng all pushing for starts.
The former Getafe coach will be wary however of the threat posed by Ploiesti. The club are managed by former AC Milan defender Cosmin Contra and despite their tag as underdogs the 37 year old believes his side can cause an upset.
He said: “Swansea are favourites, they are a team with valuable players, a good coach, and a team that does well in the Premier League.
“But we have come here to play football and try to go back to Romania with a good result, to give us hopes of qualifying for the next round. It would not be a shock for us to beat them.”
He added: “When a Premier League club loses to a side who are not favourites it turns heads and people would look at us differently.
“It attracts attention from an international audience, and I believe my players deserve to be known outside of Romania.”
Contra, who had a short spell with WBA, played under Laudrup at Getafe and he was wholesome in his praise of the Danish manager saying “He is an extraordinarily good manager, he was one of the best I played under”
The 73 times capped former Romanian International also compared the Welsh team attractive playing style to a Spanish side adding “They are a very good team, but they do not play like an English team, they play like a Spanish team.
“Michael Laudrup has brought in this mentality, and they very much like to play football.
“I played for West Brom for six months and I know the smaller teams in the Premier League play differently, they play long ball and second phase.
“But I saw Swansea’s games and I see good football, for that reason they are not a normal English team.
“It makes it harder for us because we like to play the same way. In these two games maybe the team who scores first has the best chance of going through.”
Tottenham get their game underway at White Hart Lane at 5.00pm while Swansea kick off at the Liberty Stadium at 7.05pm.