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Miroslav Dukic’s men will be gunning for an outright win when they host Michael Laudrup’s side in Thursday’s Europa League fixture

Swansea travel to Spain for their clash with Valencia at the Estadio de Mestalla as the 2013/14 Europa League season gets underway.

Going into this game, home side Valencia are in severe crisis following their three consecutive losses in La Liga which has led to their 16th position in the Primera Division.

Not minding this run which is Valencia’s worst run of results in about 14 years, they are big favorites to secure maximum points in this Group A encounter. They are a 4/5 (1.80) shot with Ladbrokes to make home advantage count.

The visitors still fresh from their heartwarming 2-2 draw against Ladbrokes go into this tie with the ambition of causing an upset. Ladbrokes back them at 4/1 (5.00) to return to the Liberty Stadium with head held up high in victory.

The draw is available at 13/5 (3.60) with the same firm.

Laudrup will be missing the services of former Valencia winger Pablo Hernandez, Neil Taylor and Leon Britton no thanks to tales of injury and suspension while Wilfried Bony who suffered a knock against Liverpool may participate in this game.

Valencia has no new injury worries going into the game but still lick their wounds over their 3-1 away loss at Real Betis. Even at this, you can back Miroslav Djukic side to win either half at 7/20 (1.35). Backing them at 33/20 (2.65) is a bet that stands out for this game.

Considering that both team found the back of the net in their last encounter, you can back both teams to score at 17/20 (1.85).

For punters seeking for a value bet, it is wise backing total goals over 0.5 at 1/16 (1.06). Its worthy of note that the Welsh side qualified courtesy of their League Cup win in February, while Valencia made the competition thanks to a fifth-place finish in last season's La Liga.

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