After the thrills and spills of the Champions League on Tuesday and Wednesday we look at the 2nd leg Europa League ties tonight and there is all to play for in plenty of games, as well as a few teams having very comfortable leads to fall back on.
These are the ones I’m interested in most as managers will very likely change their teams in order to keep main players fresh, in turn possibly allowing their opponents an opportunity to score some goals.
With that in mind here are my 3 both teams to score selections for Thursday:
Great BTTS prices as well as generous Premier League odds
Petrolul Ploiesti v Swansea 6.30pm
Both teams to score odds – 8/11 Stan James
As long as Swansea don’t completely capitulate in Romania they are safely through to the Europa League group stage after their emphatic 5-1 win in the first leg at the Liberty last week.
However, as any sensible manager would, Michael Laudrup is likely to field a hugely different looking team for this game in order to keep his strongest players fresh for their visit to West Brom on Sunday, and that should give the home side an opportunity to save a bit of face.
The game was already lost when Ploiesti got their goal last week and they will be looking for an early strike to try and make the game at least a little interesting for fans, but you have to expect the superior quality of Swansea to at least grab 1 or 2 goals. There should be some goals in this.
Slask Wroclaw v Sevilla 7.45pm
Both teams to score odds – 8/15 Stan James
Much as the selection above, Sevilla did enough in the first leg to suggest that there’s no danger of being eliminated. They won 4-1 in Spain last week but now face a tricky trip to Poland, which itself is never an easy task.
Wroclaw actually went 1-0 up in the 1st leg and will be rather dejected that they went on to concede 4, but will get a lot of positivity from the home support tonight and I’m pretty sure they’ll score against their Spanish opponents who are likely to ring the changes with their team.
APOEL Nicosia v Zulte Waregem 6.00pm
Both teams to score odds – 20/21 Stan James
All is still to play for in this tie after a 1-1 draw last week and I actually fancy the Belgian visitors to turn the tie around. Zulte looked rather comfortable in the 1st leg and took the lead after just 21 minutes, and were in complete shock when the Cypriot side equalised with just 2 minutes left on the clock. That all important away goal gives them the advantage in the return leg, but generally speaking APOEL haven’t been great defensively in pre season, also conceding against Maribor in the previous round at home.
I can see this game being another score draw, possibly with Zulte having that little extra ability to secure a place in the group stages.