Hearts host Tottenham in the first leg of their Europa League play-off and are priced at 15/4 in bwin’s 3Way football betting market to cause an upset.
The horrific London riots forced the White Hart Lane outfit to miss their season opener against Everton on Saturday, so this is the first opportunity for Spurs to take part in competitive football this campaign.
With the daunting prospect of facing both Manchester sides during the next fortnight, there is an argument that these two massive Premier League encounters will be Harry Redknapp and his players’ main focus.
Therefore, it may be worth backing a Hearts win or draw in the double chance market at 21/20.
Tottenham to win the fixture is priced at an unattractive 31/50, and they are as short as 1/20 to qualify.
For punters wanting to back Spurs at slightly better value, the Lilywhites are 6/1 to win the first leg 1-0.
As neither side will be willing to throw away the tie during the first 90 minutes a goal fest is unlikely, so a punt on 1-0 could represent a decent bet.
New customers receive a £25 free bet for joining bwin – and backing Tottenham to record a 1-0 victory would return £175 if successful.
New boss Paulo Sergio looks likely to have a fully fit squad at his disposal with defenders David Obua and Andy Webster once again fit.
Midfielder Eggert Jonsson also looks to have shaken off a knock and should feature.
On the other hand, Redknapp does not have the luxury of choosing from a full squad. His north London side look particularly weak in midfield with Sandro, Wilson Palacios, Steven Pienaar, Jermaine Jenas and Luka Modric all missing the trip to Edinburgh.
With so many injuries, promising youngster Jake Livermore looks set to make only his second start for the Londoners, hoping to impress further after showing potential in pre-season.
On paper, it should be a walk in the park for the English side over two legs, but with a threadbare squad for the first leg and possibly a lack of desire for the competition, the Jambos will fancy their chances of getting a result.
If both teams are on the defensive, the first leg could end in stalemate, for which the odds of 5/2 seem reasonable.
However, a sold out Tynecastle will be in full voice, hoping to urge their side on from the first whistle to get an early goal. With this in mind, there is value in Hearts to be leading at half time and Tottenham to be winning at full time.
This is priced at a big 25/1 in the halftime/fulltime market.
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