While Stoke City’s Tony Pulis complains about his team’s string of away games following Europa League ties, Tottenham couldn’t have asked for an easier European tie ahead of Sunday’s north London derby.
Spurs came away from PAOK with a goalless draw a fortnight ago and have the chance to add another three points to their tally, with the bookmakers offering no bigger than 1/7 (Ladbrokes – £50 free bets) about the Premier League side beating their Irish counterparts.
Shamrock did brilliantly to qualify for the group stage of this competition, beating Partizan Belgrade over two legs to make it into Group A although a 3-0 reverse at home to Rubin Kazan suggests that it will be a baptism of fire for Michael O’Neill’s team.
They can at least expect to face a Tottenham side with one eye on the big match with Arsenal this weekend and Rovers can be backed at 20/1 (Paddy Power – £100 free betting) to claim a shock win and 7/1 for the draw.
Redknapp is likely to field several of the players that earned a goalless draw with PAOK and that includes Roman Pavlyuchenko in attack, although we may see Gareth Bale let loose for the first hour and the Welshman’s pace is bound to trouble the Irish champions.
Tottenham can be backed at 4/9 to lead at half-time and full-time in this match, while a 3-0 win in their favour is a 6/1 chance and they should stop Shamrock from scoring at the Lane.