Live Betting: Valencia v. Swansea CityPublished September 19, 2013 by OCR Editor
Valencia v. Swansea City, Europa League, 5pm GMT.
Swansea City make their debut in the Europa League group stage on Thursday with the daunting prospect of a visit to Spanish powerhouse Valencia. The Swans, who finished ninth in the Barclays Premier League last year, became the first Welsh club to make it this far by winning the 2012-13 Football League Cup.
Several members of manager Brian Laudrup's squad are familiar with Valencia. Star signing Pablo Hernandez will be looking forward to his reunion with his teammates, while fellow Spaniards Chico Flores, Michu and Jordi Amat all started out their careers in La Liga.
Hernandez, who scored 16 times in 111 appearances for Valencia, admitted before the game that he never thought he would have another opportunity to play in the Mestalla. With so many family and friends set to attend the game, Swansea might have the encouragement it needs to make this match a contest.
The online sportsbooks are offering encouraging odds to anybody who views Swansea as a chance, with William Hill Sports quoting Valencia at a close to unbackable 13/20, compared to Swansea, 4/1, and a draw 5/2.
Hill has a smorgasbord of betting options on Valencia-Swansea and all of tonight's Europa League group matches, including goal scorer markets, double result, first and last goal wincasts and scorecasts, and specials such as whether a goal will be scored in the first five minutes.
As usual, Hill's live betting function will be accessible for the duration of the Europa League matches. To place an in-play bet on Swansea's visit to Valencia, just log in to the in-play bet function and select this game.