Mauricio Pochettino has insisted that his Tottenham team will be taking the Europa League seriously this term ahead of their trip to AEL Limassol.
A manager feeling the need to specify that they won’t be larking around in the workplace is typically a precursor to him fielding a team of kids and reserves after sparing his star men the inconvenience of a first-class flight to the continent, so expect a much-changed line up tonight.
But even if the new Spurs supremo opts to field a second-string in Cyprus, backing the Lilywhites to get the job done is the safest path to a profit on this one.
A reasonable 11/25 is available for parties interested in backing the visitors, with AEL a 23/4 offering and the draw a 29/10 alternative.
The match-betting numbers have plenty of appeal about them, but that’s not all the boys in black and gold at bwin towers have got for the punting masses, with these three mooted wagers presenting even more wallet-fattening opportunities to exploit.
Tottenham to keep a clean sheet @ 91/100
It wasn’t until an 81st-minute Yevhen Konoplyanka spot-kick in the last-16 of the 2013/14 Europa League that Spurs conceded an away goal in the competition.
They enforced four bagels on as many continental foes in their opening quartet of road games and, having served an identical dose to West Ham at the weekend with ten men for the majority of the match, they’ll be confident of making it two in a row here.
Tottenham (-1) to win @ 13/10
Assuming Spurs aren’t breached, a handicap away win is cast iron.
The Lilywhites notched at least twice in five of their six sojourns last time around, including in their final appearance against notoriously thrifty Benfica.
Exactly two were registered in four of these trips, which improves the attraction of the 21/4 about a 2-0 win for the out-of-towners.
Both teams to score – No @ 7/10
An AEL goal spells disaster, but have faith in them failing to find the net.
They haven’t achieved the feat in four of their previous 12 home matches, all of which ended in defeat.
Furthermore, a staggering 15 of their latest 18 outings would’ve rewarded backers of this final bet, as it would in each of the north Londoners’ last four.