Crushing victories for both the Premier League’s representatives in the first leg of the Europa League’s final qualifying round mean both can be supremely confident of reaching the group stage and such was the gulf in class with their respective opposition, second leg victories look sure to follow.
For Swansea it was a second resounding first leg victory in succession in the competition after their 4-0 thrashing of Malmo in the previous round, however unlike against the Swedes Michael Laudrup’s side look virtually sure of closing out the tie with a victory in Romania.
Swansea were held in the second leg of the last round in Sweden, so it’s not too surprising to see them as long as 11/10 for a win against Petrolul Ploiesti in Romania, but they must have an excellent chance of landing the odds against inferior opponents.
Such was their dominance the Swans were arguably value for more than the 5-1 victory they secured in Wales.
Two-goal hero Wayne Routledge skyed a chance with a hat-trick at his mercy while new-signing Wilfried Bony hit the crossbar.
Routledge can be backed at a healthy 6/1 to score any time during the Welsh side’s upcoming visit to Tottenham who, like their weekend visitors, hit five in Europe during the week.
Their 1000 mile trip to Tbilisi did little to dull the Lilywhites’ attacking ardour as they killed off their tie, with new boys Nacer Chadli and the two-goal Roberto Soldado once again impressive.
Another positive was the performance of serial-loanee Andros Townsend on a rare start for his parent club and he’s sure to pick up some games in the near future with Gareth Bale half-way to Madrid and Aaron Lennon injured.
Tottenham’s lengthy journey can be expected to take some of the edge off their attacking verve and Swansea – who are 5/1 to win at White Hart Lane – will arguably be the fresher of the two sides.
The Swans lost by a single goal in last year’s north London meeting with Andre Villas-Boas’ charges and could well be worth a second look in the double chance market against Spurs at 13/10.