Europa League Thursday

Published by on February 16, 2017

Two games of interest in tonight’s Europa League

Genk vs Tottenham Hotspur

As Tottenham re-enter the Europa League entirely through their own fault, their fate in this competition could well be decided by whether Mauricio Pochettino takes it seriously. Last season, they exited at the hands of a much stronger Borussia Dortmund side, but Genk should be an altogether easier test.

It’s unlikely that Spurs will put out their strongest XI – they couldn’t if they wanted to, with Jan Vertonghen and Danny Rose still missing. As it often was in the Champions League, though, it could be up to Heung Min-Son to get the goals. Son to score first and Spurs to win 1-0 is at 28/1, as it should be difficult for the visitors to score many. Alternatively, Spurs are 7/1 to win 2-0.

The Belgians have been in pretty inconsistent form, so it will be interesting to see which Genk turn up.

Manchester United vs St Etienne

United are in the fortunate position whereby they can afford to focus on the Europa League, as it’s probably the most prestigious trophy they can win this season.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic doesn’t seem to need rest, so he could well start for the Red Devils. The Swede is at 7/1 to score a header, or at 2/1 to score a brace against Ligue 1’s fifth-placed side.

St Etienne won 4-0 on Sunday, but against the league’s basement club Lorient, so it shouldn’t be worth backing them. It’s 7/2 for both teams to score in the second half, but United shouldn’t have too many problems from them.