Andre Villas-Boas takes his Tottenham Hotspur side into relatively unknown waters on Thursday evening as they visit the charming Slovenian medieval city of Maribor, in the north of the country close to the border with Austria.
It is probable that neither AVB nor his players or indeed their supporters have much prior experience of Slovenia’s second largest city, yet Spurs will be focusing on claiming all three points from this Europa League encounter – something they have failed to do in their two previous games in the competition this season.
Naturally, Spurs are the odds-on favourites, priced at 67/100 to record a win against the Slovenian champions. Maribor, for their part, can be backed at 4/1 to earn a second home win of the competition, having recorded an eye-catching 3-0 victory over an admittedly poor Panathinaikos team in their opening encounter.
Yet this is a game that Spurs should win comfortably and to that end, backing the Lilywhites to score over 1.5 goals at 4/5 looks to be an extremely attractive option.
Tottenham’s goalscoring on the road this season has been impressive, having notched three times at Old Trafford and the Madjeski Stadium respectively in their last two Premier League away games.
Indeed, backing Spurs to score over 1.5 goals has paid out in five of their last six matches in all competition and their superior quality in the final third against their Slovenian opponents should see this once again prove to be a correct selection.
For some higher odds, backing a Spurs win with over 3.5 goals in the game at 4/1 could be tempting. As well as scoring, AVB’s men have been conceding their fair share too, keeping just three clean sheets in their 11 competitive matches so far this season.
If they look like getting at least a couple against Maribor, they could well concede at least once, leading to a high-scoring match and potentially healthy profits for punters who choose this as a value bet.
Anyone joining bwin.com can claim a free £20 bet and placing this on Tottenham to win a game featuring four or more goals would return an impressive £100 if this prediction proves correct.
But the safer play is on Spurs to score at least twice, which would presumably see them grab a much-needed win following draws in their opening two Group J encounters against Lazio and Panathinaikos.