iBet: Maribor match may not be straightforward for Tottenham

Gareth Purnell

Europa League

NK Maribor v Tottenham Hotspur, kick off 6pm

Lay over 3.5 goals at 2.8 to one with Betfair

Given that no Slovenian team has every beaten an English club in Europe and indeed only one has ever managed a draw (NK Olimpija Ljubljana’s 1-1 with Liverpool in the 2003-2004 season) the obvious thing here is to back the Londoners. However, there are some reasons for thinking that it might not be as straightforward for Andres Villas-Boas’ men as he would like. The main one is that he may rest players ahead of their trip to Southampton on Sunday. Having said that, the manager did pick a strong team for their last away day in Europe, but that resulted in a disappointing 1-1 with Panathinaikos – when things started brightly but petered out. And Maribor are certainly playing with some confidence. They top the Slovenian top division with 11 wins and only one defeat from their 14 games and a goal difference of plus 22. Darko Milanic’s team is very strong at home, with eight wins from their last nine, and was certainly not disgraced in Lazio last time out in Group J, a 1-0 reverse that was not helped by having Jovan Vidovic sent off. And the manager reportedly has a full strength squad to pick from. The bet is dependent on team news which is not available at the time of writing, but if the Spurs manager plays a weakened team, it’s worth considering laying them at odds on with Betfair. However, Maribor clearly have a decent defence having shipped only seven times in 14 domestic games this season, and it could be low scoring. Note the early kick off time.


The world’s best paid footballer, Anzhi’s Samuel Eto’o, was once linked with a move to Liverpool and he’s 13/8 with Ladbrokes and Blue Square to score at any time in tonight’s 8.05 kick off, which is live on ITV4.

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