Tottenham are head and shoulders above the competition in their Europa League group, and they should totally dominate their Moldovan opponents at White Hart lane on Thursday evening.
The reverse fixture at the Sheriff Stadium two weeks ago saw Spurs make short work of the home team, and leave with a well deserved 2-0 victory, with goals from Jermaine Defoe and Jan Vertonghen. It is likely that Spurs manager Villas-Boas will play what amounts to a reserve team for this fixture, as they look ready to join the last 32.
The upcoming match against Newcastle on sunday is likely to be of more importance to Villas-Boas than this Europa League tie, and we’ll likely see numerous changes made to the Tottenham side, although there will still be a host of top-class players and Defoe has been in good form in this tournament.
The England striker is priced at 9/4 with bet365 to score the first goal of this match, and he will be eager to add to his goal tally for the season. With that in mind, odds of 10/1 for him to achieve a hat-trick seem very generous, especially against such limited opposition.
Unsurprisingly, Spurs are overwhelming favourites to emerge victorious from this encounter, and Coral have them at 1/7 to win. The north Londoners have won all their group stage games so far, with several goals scored and none conceded. A win to nil for Spurs looks rather overpriced at 8/11.
Since they lost to Spurs, FC Sheriff have won their last two games, however the gulf in class is all too apparent here, and Spurs should have little difficulty in disposing of their opponents, hence the 30/1 odds offered for an away win for the Moldovans.
It’s hard to see any goals being put past Spurs, and a popular bet will be a correct score to nil, with prices of 6/1 and 9/1 for a 3-0 and 4-0 scoreline respectively. A 5-0 victory for the home side is a tempting 15/1 shot, and it’s likely that Defoe will feature heavily, as will Christian Eriksen.
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