Last Saturday’s historic victory at Old Trafford made a mockery of the headlines to which the Tottenham Hotspur players had woken up to proclaiming their dressing room to be in crisis.
Six matches unbeaten and a first away win at Manchester United since 1989 have eased some of the pressure on manager Andre Villas Boas which had build up through a combination of late goals conceded and off field actions.
Sitting fifth in the table, and with the squad being rotated intelligently, Spurs head to Athens to face Panathinaikos in great shape, with the boss promising to continue to take this competition seriously. His counterpart and countryman, Jesualdo Fereira would swap places with AVB in a heartbeat, with a few unpleasant column inches a heavenly oasis of tranquility when compared to the problems currently befalling the Athenian giants.
The Greens have begun the season is startlingly poor fashion, humiliated 3-0 in their Europa League opener at Maribor and lying 12th in their domestic standings without a win since the opening day of the campaign. Couple that with eye watering debts and a seemingly constant saga over their ownership and it is little wonder that Spurs are favourites to record the win, priced at 19/20. Panathinaikos meanwhile can be backed at 14/5 with the draw offered at 12/5.
This is a match the North Londonders should triumph in, and the most attractive looking bet could well be to back Spurs to score over 1.5 goals at 19/20. This bet has paid out in four of Tottenham’s last five games in all competitions, and against a side out of form and conceding goals, it looks like an extremely solid selection.
Slightly higher odds can be gained by backing Andre Villas Boas’ men to score in both halves at 39/20, a bet which has proved to be the correct selection in each of their last three competitive away fixtures, and although it is not the biggest price in the world for a value bet, it has an excellent chance of providing punters with some profit.
Recommended bet: Tottenham to score over 1.5 goals @ 19/20
Outside punt: Tottenham to score in both halves @ 39/20
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