Having claimed their first win of the Premier League season at the weekend by dispatching a poor Reading side 3-1, Tottenham Hotspur will be hoping to build some momentum by claiming another victory on Thursday, this time in the Europa League against Lazio.
Last season the Europa League was viewed by then manager Harry Redknapp as a minor irritation in the quest for a top four finish, but current boss Andre Villas-Boas knows all to well the value of this competition having won it with Porto in 2011.
A good run in Europe would be good PR for a manager who has been under pressure ever since he arrived in this country. And yet Spurs are still expected to make changes for the visit of Lazio, with Sunday’s London derby at home to QPR clearly the priority. A home win can be backed at 4/5, which looks a little short considering that Spurs’ start to the season has been unspectacular, while their opponents Lazio are flying and can be backed 17/5.
The serious money should be invested in the Italian side in the Draw No Bet market, with the price of 2/1 looking extremely generous. Vladimir Petkovic has assembled a strong side who will be taking the competition extremely seriously, and there seems to be no reason why they cannot claim a result in north London.
Indeed, the side from Rome are one of only three teams in Serie A with a 100 per cent record having won all three of their matches so far. Not only are they winning, but they are scoring plenty, too, with Miroslav Klose’s innate ability to find the back of the net showing no signs of slowing despite his 34 years. The German international has already scored three times this season, with talented Brazilian playmaker Hernanes – who has been closely linked with a move to the Premier League – also finding the net three times.
With Spurs failing to keep a clean sheet in any of their four matches so far this season, backing Lazio to score looks a shrewd move and the price of 5/2 on them scoring over 1.5 goals could be tempting for a value bet.
But the serious money should be invested in the Italian side in the Draw No Bet market, with the price of 2/1 looking extremely generous. Vladimir Petkovic has assembled a strong side who will be taking the competition extremely seriously, and there seems to be no reason why they cannot claim a result in north London.
Recommended bet: Lazio in the Draw No Bet market (2Way special) @ 2/1
Outside punt: Lazio to score over 1.5 goals @ 5/2
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