Tottenham, Swansea City and Wigan Athletic are all in action in Europe this evening as the Europa League continues.
Spurs face the long trip to Russia to face Anzhi Makhachkala whilst Swansea host FC St Gallen and Wigan are at home against Slovenian side Maribor.
Anzhi Makhachkala v Tottenham
Anzhi made the headlines a few years ago when they were taken over by Russian billionaire Suleyman Kerimov who splashed the cash with high profile signings such as Samuel Eto’o, Yuri Zhirkov and Chris Samba.
However after only managing a third place finish last season, the oil tycoon has since decided to slash the budgets and all their stars have left for pastures new.
This has showed on the pitch, with Anzhi rock bottom of the league, 11 games into the new Russian Premier League season.
They got off their Group K campaign off to a goalless draw at Moldovan side Sheriff Tiraspol a fortnight ago and won’t be too confident against a Tottenham side who are flying high in the Premier League.
Spurs kicked off their group stage with a 3-0 win at home to Tromso two weeks ago, thanks in part to a brace from Jermaine Defoe who is expected to be handed a start tonight.
Lewis Holtby and record signing Erik Lamela are both expected to be handed run-outs by Andre Villas-Boas.
The game is being played in Moscow and will kick-off at 5pm BST, with live coverage available on ITV4.
Swansea City v FC St. Gallen
Swansea also got their Europa League season off to a perfect start thanks to a 3-0 win at Valencia. An early red card for Adil Rami gave the Swans a dream chance and they duly took it and head Group A going into this evening’s match against the Swiss side St. Gallen.
Ashley Williams will miss out tonight with an ankle ligament injury as will Pablo Hernandez and Garry Monk. Winger Roland Lamah and full-back Angel Rangel are both doubts after sitting out Saturday’s defeat against Arsenal.
St. Gallen also won their first group stage match, thanks to a 2-0 win over Russian side Kuban Krasnodar. It’s the Swiss side’s first taste of proper European action since 2001/02 season when they featured in the UEFA Cup that year.
The game is also live on ITV4 from 8:05pm.
Wigan Athletic v SK Maribor
The DW Stadium will host its first European tie this evening as Wigan host Slovenian Premier League champions Maribor.
Athletic began their Europa League campaign with a 0-0 draw at Zulte Waregem two weeks ago whilst Maribor were beaten 5-2 by group favourites Rubin Kazan.
Owen Coyle’s squad will be at full stretch tonight with a whole host of players missing out through injury. Keeper Ali Al Habsi plus Gary Caldwell, Ivan Ramis, Shaun Maloney, Grant Holt and Marc-Antoine Fortune are all sidelined whilst Stephen Crainey is unlikely to feature due to a neck strain.
The match is live on BT Sport 1 from 8:05pm.
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