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Monday, 03 March 2014

Spurs installed as second favourites for the Europa League

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There's been a big debate about whether the Europa League is worth bothering with for teams chasing a Champions League berth but now that Tottenham have come so far it seems a waste not to focus on winning the trophy.

It would mean seven more games if Tim Sherwood's side went all the way, but as the manager pointed out before Thursday's tie with Dnipro, silverware has been in short supply at the White Hart Lane and he put out a side that showed he wanted to win the tie.

The bookies certainly think that Spurs are serious contenders as they have installed the North Londoners just behind Juventus in the betting. Interestingly, in the early listings after Thursday's games, Spurs were behind Napoli with most firms but Rafa Benitez's side were lucky to get past Swansea and their price has eased in the following days.

The confidence in Spurs is even more striking because they are drawn with Benfica in the last 16 and the Eagles of Lisbon are next in line in the betting with many firms.

There are other qualifiers from Spain and Italy but Red Bull Salzburg are the dark horse side of the competition after they dismissed Ajax 6-1 on aggregate; this followed maximum points in their group stage and a crushing 7-0 triumph in the play-off round.

Europa League Prices:

Juventus                        11/4

Spurs                             6/1

Napoli                            17/2

Salzburg                        10/1

Benfica                          12/1

Fiorentina                      14/1

Prices from Ladbrokes

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