iBet: Spurs To Keep Another Clean Sheet
FC Sheriff V Tottenham Hotspur, kick off 6pm
Back Spurs to keep a clean sheet at 17/20 with Ladbrokes
The Europa League is not my favourite betting competition but hats off to Tottenham manager Andre Villa-Boas for consistently playing strong sides and making trading on the North Londoners’ games viable. He’s been rewarded by his team completing two relatively bloodless victories against Tromso and Anzhi, scoring five and conceding none in the process. Spurs are 4-11 to win tonight and we are going to have to look elsewhere for a more backable price. It should be noted that they are especially strong defensively away from home, when Villas-Boas sets his team up to be very hard to create chances against, relying on his forward quality to break through sooner or later. Spurs have won six of their seven away games this season in all competitions and in the English Premier league only Arsenal have breached their defence, and only once. They are conceding at considerably less than a goal a game. Can Sheriff break through? They score a lot of goals domestically – 35 in 12 games in the Moldovan league. However, it’s a different story when upped in quality. They failed to trouble the scorer in either leg of their Champions League qualifier against Dinamo Zagreb, played out a 0-0 with Anzhi in their first Group K game and needed a late goal against a very average Tromso side to salvage a 1-1 draw. The 17/20 you can get with Ladbrokes about Tottenham keeping a clean sheet tonight looks fair value.
There has been a significant gamble on Tony Pulis to be the next man in the Crystal Palace hot-seat and betting comparison platform Bet2Go.com has him as short as ½ on to take the job, although you can get 8/11 with Ladbrokes at the time of writing. The Next Middlesbrough Manager betting sees Mike Phelan as short as 4/7 with Coral – with Skybet and Bet365 offering the best price at 10/11. Mark Venus is next in the betting at 4/1.
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