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Michael Laudrup's men are favourites to claim another three points in Thursday's Europa League tie at Liberty Stadium and our tipster expects to home side to score in both halves

Swansea City will look to continue their impressive start to the season when they play host to Russian side Kuban Krasnodar in the Europa League group stages on Thursday night.

The Swans have made the perfect start to their European adventure, qualifying for this stage of the competition with victories over Malmo and Petrolul Ploiesti before recording back-to-back wins over Valencia and St Gallen respectively.

Michael Laudrup’s men warmed up for this tie in fine style with an emphatic 4-0 victory over Sunderland at the weekend and the Swans can move a step closer to the knockout stages of the competition by collecting all three points here.

The home side are chalked up at just 1/2 (1.50) with William Hill to get the better of their Russian opponents, who knocked out Scottish side Motherwell en route to the Europa League group stages.

It is worth noting that Kuban have lost their opening two group fixtures in the Europa League and, indeed, have won just one of their last nine matches in all competitions.

It is no surprise, then, that the visitors are rated as a 6/1 (7.0) chance with William Hill to spring a surprise at Liberty Stadium while the draw is available at 3/1 (4.0) with the same firm.

Michael Laudrup has taken the Europa League seriously, fielding strong sides throughout the competition thus far and the home side can be backed at a tempting 5/4 (2.25) with William Hill to lead at both half-time and full-time on Thursday.


William Hill may tempt Swansea backers with an appealing “headline offer” of 7/4 (2.75) that talismanic striker Michu scores at any time in a win for Michael Laudrup’s men.

Kuban have yet to find the net in the group stages of the Europa League this season and may struggle to make an impact against a solid Swansea side that has conceded just once in three home ties in European competition so far this term.

The home side, by contrast, boast plenty of firepower, having notched an impressive 14 goals in their six Europa League ties so far this season and the juicy 11/8 (2.38) quote on offer for Michael Laudrup’s men to notch in both halves is the recommended play for punters here.

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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