Europa League with Valencia Swansea, Tottenham Tromso, Lazio, Lyon odds as Swansea look the value at 4/1 in the latest betting with Paddy Power.
Michael Laudrup and his Swansea City side make the trip to Spain to take on Valencia at the Mestalla Stadium, as the team from Wales adds another notch in their history by reaching the group stages of the Europa League for the first time.
The Swans have made relatively straight forward progress through to the group stages, defeating Malmo and Romanian side Petrolul Ploiesti as they join Kuban Krasnodar, St Gallen and Valencia in Group A.
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Zulte Waregem 6/4, draw, 12/5, Wigan 12/5
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After their opening 4-1 home defeat by Manchester Utd Michael Laudrup’s side have began to show the form of last season, with a confidence boosting 2-0 away win at West Brom followed by a pulsating 2-2 draw against the current Premiership leaders, Liverpool.
The second half of that game Michael Laudrup’s side impressed, dominating Steven Gerrard and co, putting the Premier League pace setters on the back foot, only failing to secure the three points through some last ditch defending.
That said, a trip to Spain in their opening Europa League encounter is something of a trip into the unknown, although no less than six players have played in La Liga before.
Former Valencia star and now Swansea City player Pablo Hernandez will unfortunately miss the game through injury, however the likes of Michu, Chico Flores and Angel Rangel should start the game, while the new £12m man Wilfried Bony should shake off a rib injury sustained against Liverpool.
Jon De Guzman could come in for a misfiring Nathan Dyer in midfield, in what looks to be a very attacking line up.
Valencia of course will be without Roberto Soldado, who has since moved to Tottenham, and his absence seems to have effected the side, with Els Taronja suffering three defeats on the bounce in La Liga, their most recent a 3-1 loss to Sevilla on the weekend.
Despite this, the home side are still big favourites at 4/5, while the value most certainly looks with the Welsh side, the price of 4/1 on offer certainly raising a few eyebrows and looks too big to miss.
Elsewhere, Wigan make the trip to Belgium to face Zulte Waregem.
Owen Coyle’s men are still adjusting to life in the Championship following their Premiership relegation and losing the likes of Roberto Martinez, James McCarthy and Arouna Kone have been big blows to take.
Its difficult to see past the home side here and the 6/4 looks too big to pass up on the side who finished second in the Belgian League last year.
Tottenham will be looking for a straight forward victory at home to Tromso.
Andre Villas Boas side should have far too much for their Norwegian opponents, and their price of 1/7 on the home win looks one to add to the midweek accumulator.