Is something strange afoot in the Europa League tonight?

That long-awaited chance to cover Macedonian football is here!

Europa League trophy

It is not the most glamorous of the 35 Europa League blockbusters taking place this evening, but something about the relatively Brussels sprouts-and-cabbage tie between Rabotnicki and Anorthosis caught The Spoiler’s eye.

Rabotnicki, probably most famous on these shores for being one of the few teams that Roy Hodgson recorded a win over as Liverpool boss, won the first leg 2-0 away and are on a run of five straight victories in Europe, the last four without conceding.

Anorthosis, who nearly reached the last 16 of the Champions League three years ago under Temuri Ketsbaia, aren’t quite so special these days and will surely find it hard to bounce back having lost their last three continental away games to nil.

But what’s this? The Cypriot visitors are 1.67 – 4/6 for any fractional odds disciples – to turn that form book upside down (what a weird phrase – why would anyone do such a thing?) by triumphing and £169,799 of the £172,838 staked so far on Betfair has gone their way.

Surely a competition as prestigious and universally loved as the Europa League isn’t having its mighty reputation tarnished by funny business? But what if this leads to clubs not taking it seriously all of a sudden?

Not sure whether this adds to our shameless conspiracy theorising or detracts from it, however Anorthosis trailed 2-0 at home in a qualifier last year to Sibenik, only to progress away courtesy of a 3-0 after-extra-time success…

4 responses so far
  • Aerodromec // August 4, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Sorry dude but your theory did not come out…Clear victory for the visitors, but pure heart game by Rabotnicki, so the MACEDONIANS are in the fourth round…You’ll never see a set up match by Vardar or Rabotnicki, but Pobeda, Shkendija, Renova or some other “new” club from Macedonia are one-year teams that are created for setting up scores….Cheers

  • internet pundit // August 5, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Sorry to say, but who cares about Macedonian football?

  • Michael Lintorn // August 5, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Ta for the update Aerodromec.

  • tutti totti // August 6, 2011 at 2:19 am

    SOmthing strange?

    Oh… its called ball control and technical skills.

    Probably dont see much of it in the inbred isles unless its some foreigner you buy.

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