FC Petrolul Ploiesti are a Romanian side who finished third in their domestic league last season and this is their first season in Europe for eighteen years, with the team unbeaten in their last nine matches and looking to keep things tight at the Liberty Stadium.
Quite whether they have the quality to live with last season’s League Cup winners is another matter and Coral go 8/1 that Cosmin Contra’s side win in south Wales, while you can get odds of 3/1 that they qualify for the group stage at the expense of Michael Laudrup’s team.
It is probable that Malmo were a better calibre of opponents in the previous round that Petrolul Ploiesti over two legs and BetVictor go a best price 2/9 about Swansea coming through the two legs unscathed.
Despite losing 4-1 to the Red Devils on Saturday, Swansea actually played pretty decently in the opening exchanges where they dominated possession and it was simply the quality of the finishing that was the difference between the two teams.
Ladbrokes go 2/5 about a home win on Thursday night which will mean the European adventure is likely to continue, while a repeat 4-0 win is available at odds of 16/1, with Michu and Wilfried Bony likely to work well in tandem again.
Bony came off the bench to score his team’s consolation goal against the champions and he’s a 4/1 poke to break the deadlock in this game, while Paddy Power offer an eye-catching 11/10 that the Swans lead at half-time and full-time.