August is upon us, the World Cup is but a distant memory and the Premier League is rapidly hoving into view once again.
WIth the commencement of hostilities just a couple of weeks away, Tottenham Hotspur will be aiming to demonstrate their newfound confidence under Mauricio Pochettino in their friendly against Celtic.
The Hoops have already kicked off their season in the Champions League, and with a key qualifier against Legia Warszawa just days away, the friendly clash with Spurs is unlikely to be their priority.
Celtic lost the first leg 4-1 in Poland and need a miracle if they are to overcome the deficit in Glasgow.
That makes Spurs’ price of 27/20 to win with a one goal handicap a tasty bet, especially considering the fine attacking form they showed in their pre-season tour of the USA.
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Pochettino’s side scored eight goals in three games, winning two, with Erik Lamela finally showing glimpses of the talent that led to the Lilywhites spending £30m on him last summer.
Emmanuel Adebayor missed the tour with a bout of malaria, but is ready to return to action against Celtic, furthering boosting Pochettino’s side’s chances of a big victory.
Spurs’ defence looked a little rickety in the first two of their US matches, but they kept a clean sheet in the third and will be bolstered in Finland by the return of Jan Vertonghen and Hugo Lloris.
Both were given extended breaks after the World Cup but should be involved in Helsinki, aiding their side’s chances of securing a big win over the distracted Hoops.
Celtic’s heavy loss to Legia came on the back of a 1-0 defeat in a friendly against 2. Bundesliga team St Pauli where they fielded a second string to try and protect players for the Champions League match.
Ronny Deila will likely be forced to use the fringe members of his squad again against Spurs, and Pochettino’s attacking side will likely be far less forgiving than St Pauli.
Even if you don’t fancy the handicap, Spurs’ 1/2 odds to win the match look like buying money, while the 3/5 about over 2.5 goals also looks a fine bet considering the Lilywhites’ goal-laden pre-season thus far.