Reds & Magpies in Europe; Wolves in Northampton: Thursdays at their best!
A great night of action is in store across England as Liverpool and Newcastle return home in the second leg of their respective UEFA Europa League ties, whilst Northampton Town host Wolverhampton Wanderers, in the ever-competitive Capital One Cup.
Liverpool v Hearts
The second tier of UEFA's continental competitions, Liverpool have quite the history, with a dramatic 5-4 (AET) victory over Deportivo Alaves sealing their third victory in the then named UEFA Cup. The Reds have so far managed a dominant two leg victory of Belarusian underdogs FC Gomel, but last week travelled to Edinburgh and impressed against SPL side Hearts of Midlothian. The Jambos finished 5th in the Scottish top flight last season, but a destruction of city rivals Hibs in the Scottish Cup final saw them qualify for this seasons Europa League, and after managing to keep the Merseyside team to a solitary away goal, will travel to Anfield with confidence that a shock could be on the cards.
The ‘Gorgie Boys' are unbeaten in the SPL this season, but after 3 consecutive draws, will need to pick their game up to beat a Liverpool side will present a strong challenge, although they are expected to field a second string team with Andy Carroll up front. If dynamic midfield pairing David Templeton and Arvydas Novikovas can look to exploit Liverpool's shaky defence, Hearts could well be the surprise package. Of course, Liverpool should have a lot of confidence heading into this second leg with the away goal often proving vital. If Hearts can score early, we are on for a great night at Anfield.
Newcastle v Atromitos FC
In the north east as Newcastle look to finish off Greek side Atromitos FC, who are playing in the competition for only the second time in their history. A 1-1 draw in Athens gives the Magpies a distinct advantage with the away goal, but their opponents are not to be taken lightly, finishing 4th in last season's Greek Super League taking points from AEK Athens and Panathinaikos. After a long trip back from Greece only to lose to Chelsea last weekend, Alan Pardew will be looking for a reaction from his players, and although a weaker side is expected to play, the Toon Army will be expecting a win, as usual.
Papiss Demba Cisse started up front last week, and if Pardew decides to start him again, it would be a wise move. The Senegalese striker has 15 goals to his name since joining Newcastle in January, even whilst some of that time was spent playing in the African Cup of Nations.
Northampton Town v Wolverhampton Wanderers
It's the last tie of the Capital One Cup, and Northampton Town look to upset Championship outfit Wolves at Sixfields Stadium. After losing out to the Midlands team last year, the Cobblers will be looking forrevenge, and what better way to do it than on live TV?
Wolves have had a tough transfer window, losing two of their best players in Steven Fletcher and Matt Jarvis, however the £24m raised for those sales are welcome relief to the club, who can now boast one of the strongest Championship squads. With William Hill, you can bet on both teams' Enhanced Anytime Wincasts, and all football betting, here. Can Northampton pull of another shock, becoming somewhat known for it after knocking off Cardiff this season, a year after beating Liverpool on penalties.
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