The Europa League begins again tonight and as three English sides look to follow in the trail of Chelsea and take home the trophy, we look at where each team will end up.

Swansea - Group Stage

Swansea are a good side befit with talent but they're not the biggest of squads either and that'll play against them in what is a deceivingly tough Group A as points will be very tough to win away from home.

Valencia are in another rebuilding phase after being somewhat ransacked this summer, losing pivotal striker Roberto Soldado and replacing him with Helder Postiga. That said they have a lot of midfield talent in Pablo Piatti, Sergio Canales and Ever Banega and those three will cause the Welsh side a lot of issues.

St. Gallen are known for their miracle 2-0 (2-1 on aggregate) victory of Chelsea over a decade ago but they overcame Russian side Spartak Moscow to qualify and playing in northern Switzerland in December won't be ideal conditions for Laudrup's men.

Another tough game will be against Russian side, Kuban Krasnodor. They currently have Djibril Cisse upfront but just like St Gallen, playing away is going to be tough in near freezing conditions in November.

Expect a more conditioned side like Valencia to top the group, while St Gallen to sneak into second place as Swansea trip up abroad.

Tottenham - Winners

Spurs fans will be ecstatic come May when they see their side lift the Europa League trophy, although they'll be hoping they don't have to defend it the season after.

The world record transfer of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid has let Spurs pack their team with talent. Roberto Soldado has started off in fine form, as has Christian Eriksen. Erik Lamela has shown his skills at Roma and the rest of squad has come together well.

They have a relatively easy group phase. Some potential difficult away games but Anzhi have had a firesale of their players and as such have nosedived and relative unknowns Sheriff Trapsol and Tromso should be a breeze for Tottenham.

The squad and the talent is there for Spurs and unless a major upset happens in the Champions League stage, it's hard to look past the north London club at the moment as the best team in the competition.

PSV Einhoven, Lyon, Dynamo Kiev, Valencia and Seville may go far but ultimately, on paper at least, Spurs have bigger and better squads than them, even some of the bigger potential Champions League sides who could drop down, will find Spurs a tough team to answer.

Andre Villas-Boas' rotation system will no doubt ease the pressure with the number of games they'll play this season but come May, Spurs fans will be celebrating European success for the first time in nearly 30 years when they triumph over Borussia Dortmund in the final.

Wigan - Round of 32

Wigan have kept the spine of their squad in tact but the League Cup winners success will be their downfall as they'll struggle to balance the demanding fixture list of the Championship and Europa League football.

It's a dream though that Wigan fans won't mind and although they probably would've wanted more attractive teams to face during the group stage, it's certainly one more favourable than Swansea's group.

Rubin Kazan should top the group with ease, despite not being on the same level they were a few years ago and only a small contingent will make the trip out to Slovenia for their clash with NK Maribor.

Second place is pretty much a craps shoot between Wigan and Zulte-Wargem. Wargem finished second in the Belgian league last year and led by Eden Hazard's younger, Thorgen, Wargem won't be a push-over by any stretch of the imagination.

That said, I still see Wigan beating them to second place and making the next round to the surprise of most. However, that scheduling is going to be a lot worse than what Spurs and Swansea will have to get through so fatigue will be a factor when they drop out in the knockout stages. They'll enjoy it while it lasts though.

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