Everton & Spurs meet their old ugly friend the Europa League

This entry was posted on Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Two to Watch

Rather like much of what goes on inside Europe these days, the English are outsiders. Even football tournaments, a category which in the middle of the last decade as well as the late 70s/early 80s, we knew our way around.

This year however, feels a little different. With their fancy-dan foreign managers and their ultimately hopeless chances of securing a top four finish, both Tottenham Hotspur and Everton could well pile in. Of course, the potential lure of a Champions League place for this benighted mess of a competition will only further their lustre.

So who else could win it? Well Spanish sides have always gone well, winning over half the finals since Rafa Benitez’s Valencia did the business in 2004. And it is that old fox Rafa who leads the betting market this time around with Napoli. Yet as Juve and Milan hit transmission, and Roma being well Roma, it could be his year in Serie A. Discount Diego’s old chaps. Likewise Inter – take away the name and the Nerazzuri are a shambles.

Sevilla won back-to-back finals (although beating Middlesbrough demands no bragging at all) in 06-07, and having won last season on penalties, may be the bet to go again.

Yet only once in the past seven years has a final not featured at least one Champions League dropout. Which is why if you really fancy backing an English team, consider Liverpool. You heard it here first.

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