Your Thursday night football fix takes the form of Tottenham’s tussle Benfica in the first-leg of the Europa League last-16 and, if that prospect wasn’t exciting enough, bwin are offering punters money back if there are over 3.5 goals scored at White Hart Lane.
With a busy night for the keepers ensuring a refund on correct score and various goalscorer bets, customers are advised to back in support of a low-scoring affair in north London.
At 5/4, Spurs are an excellent price in the match-betting stakes having despatched all five Portuguese visitors they’ve entertained.
They host the 2/1-rated Lisbon giants having not lost in 11 European home ties and may well elongate that run against opponents who have lost ten of their 15 visits to England, including their only meeting with the Lilywhites.
It certainly won’t be easy for Tim Sherwood’s side against a masterfully miserly team who have conceded a paltry one goal since the dawn of 2014, which has formed the basis of their fantastic winning run of 17 victories in 18 outings.
With the Primeira Liga pacesetters putting on defensive master classes wherever they go, a cagey one is on the agenda.
Spurs aren’t the most potent on their own patch, scoring one or fewer in six of their previous eight domestic games and two of the three they smashed by Dnipro came once the Ukrainian outfit had been reduced to 10 men.
Against such frugal foes, it’s difficult to see the home side bagging more than a solitary strike here, making a 25/4-rated 1-0 victory their best hope.
A repeat scoreline in the Eagles’ favour pays at 15/2, while a goalless draw is on offer at 27/4.
This trio of correct scores are the most likely to come in based on current form and all three are worth a wager given the safety net in place in case the goals flow at the Lane acting as a bacon-saving insurance policy.