Several English teams feature in some intriguing encounters in the Europa League on Thursday, with punters having several tasty odds to consider
|By PAUL GOUGH
There might be no English teams left in the Champions League this season, but their domination of the Europa League looks set to continue when the first leg quarter-final matches are played on Thursday [Friday morning Australian time].
Three English Premier League teams have reached the last eight in Chelsea, Tottenham and Newcastle with both Spurs and the Blues hot favourites to reach the last four, while the Geordie club face a tougher task but are good value to overcome Portuguese leaders Benfica over two legs.
But Newcastle managed a 0-0 draw away in freezing Russia against Anzhi in the last round and are certainly capable of grabbing another draw in Lisbon at odds of $4 at Centrebet and $4.40 at Betfair.
However, even if Benfica win the first leg narrowly - say by 2-1, which is at the attractive odds of $9.40 at Betfair in correct-score betting - Newcastle will fancy their chances of making up the deficit at home next week.
|Spurs, Benfica and Fenerbahce to win their first-leg matches at Betfair
||Tottenham and Basel to draw their first leg at $1.58 at Betfair
Meanwhile, Tottenham and Chelsea should have few problems against Swiss side Basel and Russian club Rubin Kazan respectively in their quarter-final ties.
*Note prices are subject to change