Europa League Betting Tips

Europa LeagueBy Mark Rawlinson

The European action continues this evening as the new Europa League campaign gets underway.

Three British teams are in action tonight as Tottenham, Swansea City and Wigan Athletic begin their respective groups.

Valencia v Swansea City

Swansea play their first ever European match this evening, and it’s not an easy starter, as they travel to 2004 UEFA Cup winners Valencia.

Valencia are an established European side and finished fifth in La Liga last year meaning it should be a tough start for the Swans at the Mestalla.

And City’s task is made harder as winger Pablo Hernandez misses the game against his former side due to a hamstring strain.

Apart from him, Michael Laudrup has no fresh injury concerns going into the game but the Welsh side are of course outsiders for the game with the bookmakers. Stan James provide the best odds at 4/1 whilst the best odds on a Valencia win can be found with Paddy Power at 5/6.

This match is live on ITV4 from 6pm.

Zulte Waregem v Wigan Athletic

Wigan are another team making their European debuts tonight with a trip to Belgium to face Zulte Waregem, after their glorious FA Cup win at the end of last season.

Of course they also suffered relegation from the Premier League and are the first Championship side to feature in the Europa League since Birmingham City in 2011.

Zulte Waregem finished second in the Belgian Pro League last year and dropped into the Europa League having lost their Champions League play-off match against Cyprus side APOEL.

It’s only their second season in Europe, having previously featured in the 2006/07 UEFA Cup and they are favourites going into the game, with Bet 365 providing the best odds of 7/4. Stan James offer the best odds of Owen Coyle getting their debut European campaign off to a winning start with odds of 15/8.

You can watch the game live on BT Sport 1 from 6pm.

Tottenham v Tromso IL

In contrast to the other two British sides, Tottenham are side well-accustomed to playing in Europe, although they would’ve much preferred to be playing in the Champions League.

But Andre Villas-Boas’ side will be keen to have a strong Europa League campaign and begin their Group K with a home match against Norweigan side Tromso IL.

However Spurs will be without Aaron Lennon, Nacer Chadli and Etienne Capoue who are all out through injuries and Emmanuel Adebayor is still not match fit.

AVB is not happy with the run of fixtures with the Premier League game against Cardiff on Sunday and then the League Cup tie against Aston Villa, and could rest a few key players.

Spurs are big favourites to win the game and Paddy Power offer the best odds of 1/8. Tromso, who finished 4th in the Norweigan Tippelagen last season, have done well to make it through to the group stage, winning four matches to get this far. Stan James, amongst others, provide the best odds of 33/1 on them winning.

The game is live on ITV4 from 8:05pm.

There are plenty of other games live on TV tonight, including Eintracht Frankfurt v Bordeaux on ESPN from 6pm, then from 8:05, Lazio v Legia Warsaw is covered by ESPN whilst Real Betis v Lyon is on BT Sport 1.

To see a full list of betting odds for these and the remainder of tonight’s games, please click HERE.

You can also claim free bets with Stan James by clicking HERE.