Tottenham’s home defeat to PAOK at the end of November means that their participation in the Europa League is practically over, with Spurs needing to score a hatful in Ireland on Thursday night and hope that their Greek friends do them a favour against Rubin Kazan.
Put simply, this isn’t going to happen, especially as Harry Redknapp will rest his entire first team and instead field a side of youngsters as he’s done in the five previous Group A matches, something which has led to two wins, a draw and two defeats.
The bookmakers still expect Tottenham to prove too strong for the Irish champions at the Tallaght Stadium, with the visitors a best price 4/9 (Paddy Power – £100 bets) to come away from Dublin with a maximum haul.
However, surely Redknapp is resigned to dropping out of this competition and there could be some merit in opposing the Premier League side. After all, this represents a huge game for Shamrock who have been unable to make an impression in Group A despite beating Partizan Belgrade to make it here.
Rovers did take the lead at White Hart Lane before losing 3-1 and we can expect another spirited performance from the home side in this match, with bet365 (£200 free betting) offering 13/2 that they claim a famous victory over their opponents.
Based on the fact that nineteen goals have been scored in their five matches thus far, we should probably expect a few goals to be netted in this one and Ladbrokes offer 4/6 that we see Over 2.5 Goals.