The Europa League might not have the glamour of the Champions League but we are finally getting to a stage where teams can start seriously thinking of some European silverware.
High flying Premier League outfit Tottenham face a trip to Gent and really should not be troubled over the two legs. However, the only recent wins for Spurs have been scraped victories over Wycombe and Middlesbrough. It is not long ago they were the form side of the country but they are going through a tricky spell. Luckily for them Gent are not the best European team in the competition – far from it in fact. They are not exactly over performing in Belgium either and whilst they will definitely be up for this they really are not in the same class as their opponents. First legs are always awkward to predict but I am sure that Spurs will be all out for the win here and they will get it with little fuss. They are top priced with Paddy Power at 5/6 and that is terrific value.
The Premier League is also represented later on in the evening as Manchester United play host to St Etienne. All French teams will surely be boosted by seeing how PSG demolished Barcelona on Tuesday night. St Etienne have had some decent results and will relish the challenge of facing one of the giants of European football. Mourinho has got a decent beat out of his side in the last couple of months and they will fancy this tie. On the betting front though it really doesn’t see the brightest idea to get on at the Paddy Power price of 1/3 in the Match Odds market. This could be a cagey affair that doesn’t set the Old Trafford faithful alight so to the goals markets and get Under 2.5 Goals at best priced Evens with Boylesports.
Away from the ties involving Premier League sides there are a few other intriguing encounters. The one that stands out is Legia Warsaw at home to Ajax. The Dutch masters are on a winning streak and come here full of confidence. The Polish side however find themselves here after an extremely eventful Champions League campaign in a very tough group. They may have had a bit of a winter break but they will be ready for this and rest assured goals are guaranteed. Over 2.5 Goals at 11/10 with Paddy Power is a must bet. Slightly better in the Match Odds market is the bet on the home win as Legia Warsaw look like a tough side to beat at this level. Get on the 13/10 with Betway.
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