Swans remain a class apart
Swansea can erase the memory of a 4-1 Premier League defeat to Manchester United by beating Petrolul Ploiesti on Thursday.
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There are two Premier League sides in action in Thursday's Europa League qualifiers and both are odds-on favourites.
Indeed, a double on Tottenham winning at Dinamo Tbilisi and Swansea taking care of Petrolul Ploiesti at home pays a shade over 11/10 and will probably attract a good deal of business before the former get things under way at 1700 BST.
But while that double may well cash in, the best bet comes at a similar price in the form of the Swans winning minus a goal on the handicap.
Saturday's 4-1 defeat to Manchester United was hardly an ideal start to the new campaign for last season's Capital One Cup winners, but I felt the scoreline did them a disservice.
In fact, the game simply confirmed that this Swansea side remain brilliant on the ball, and the only real problem for them was that, for the first time since joining United, Robin van Persie tore them apart.
While I won't claim to know the ins and outs of the Petrolul squad, it seems fair to assume that they don't have a van Persie among their ranks and Swansea are rightly looking forward to this game.
"This (the Manchester United game) was a disappointing result for us, but we have to move on," goalkeeper Michel Vorm told the club's official website.
"It's great that we have a game so quickly - particularly at home.
"Hopefully we can bounce back straight away. That would be a boost for us because we have a tough game at Spurs a few days after that."
That Spurs fixture is a cause for concern to an extent because Swansea may have half an eye on it, but they'll know their forthcoming Premier League opponents face a lengthy trip to Georgia and therefore have more to worry about.
What we know already is that Swansea are taking the Europa League seriously. A close to first XI was far too good for Malmo - a side who'd previously smashed in nine without reply in two games against Hibs - and rather than worry about their weekend assignment the best policy for Swansea is to put this tie to bed quickly and efficiently, which I expect them to do.
Wilfried Bony is expected to start having come on at half-time against United and demonstrated his knack for finding the bottom corner on Saturday, and at 4/1 he's probably very decent value to open the scoring.
But rather than complicate matters I'm keen to capitalise on odds-against quotes about Swansea winning by two or more. Petrolul's defeat of Vitesse doesn't look particularly strong form and Swansea covered this handicap nine times in all competitions last year, all of which came against stronger opponents, as well as when beating Malmo 4-0 earlier this summer.
I certainly don't see van Persie's exploits as reason to doubt what's become a very solid Swansea defence and with clear strength in attack I expect them to run out ready winners.
I'm less convinced by Spurs at just a slightly bigger price.
Although ultimately well beaten across two legs of their Champions League qualifier, Dynamo Tbilisi are the only side to have held Steau Bucharest to a draw so far this season and they're unbeaten at home in the Europa League since its predecessor, the UEFA Cup, was remodeled.
While clearly Tottenham will present them with their stiffest test to date, the likes of AEK Athens and Sturm Graz are no pushovers and Panathinaikos could only muster a draw here in a Champions League qualifier a couple of years ago.
Spurs have greater depth than was the case last year but even so, draws at Maribor, Panathinaikos, Lyon and Basel offer a warning for those prepared to take 8/15 about a side who perhaps won't consider this competition as important as Swansea do.
Indeed, if pushed for a bet here I'd take the draw at a shade bigger than 3/1 but in the absence of any clues as to what sort of Spurs side to expect, I'll focus on Swansea and their clear determination to enjoy this European adventure.