iBet: Spurs Have The Depth To Go Far In Europa League
UEFA Europa League, Group K
Tottenham V Tromso, kick off 8.05pm, live on ITV4
Lay under 2.5 goals at 3.0 with Betfair
Back Tottenham Hotspur in the outright market at 10/1
The danger of betting on the Europa League is not knowing how seriously managers are going to take the competition, but Spurs have such a deep squad of quality players now that they could put out a second team and still be extremely competitive. They play Tromso, 8/1 to win tonight and although the Norwegians will have gained some confidence in beating league leaders 1-0 at home recently, they are having a very average season, sit fourth bottom of the Norwegian Tippeligaen, and should be brushed aside by an outfit that looks superior in all departments.
Tromso, the only remaining team from the first qualifying round, have lost their last three away qualifiers to nil and have not won any of their 11 away league games this season, so I’m not tempted to back both teams to score at 7/4. Tottenham on the other hand have been very strong in Europe at home, winning 14 of their last 18 European games at White Hart Lane.
Oddschecker confirm the impression that their European home ties have plenty of goals too – in those 18 games there have been 62 goals at an average of 3.5 goals per game. You can back over 3.5 goals at 11/10 but a safer bet might be to lay under 2.5 goals at around 3.0 with Betfair.
Roberto Soldado is the 5/2 favourite to be first on the scoresheet with Spurs 4/6 to win to nil. At 10/1 I also think Spurs are a decent fixed odds price in the outright market. They should be competitive against any of the teams that drop out of the Champions League – they were perhaps the best team in Europe not to make it there last season.
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