Spurs v Wolfsberger: Days in Europa

tottenhamHaving cruised through the opening leg of this Europa League fixture, Spurs are fully expected to progress into the last 16. While our Austrian opponents posed a threat at times, a 4-1 scoreline suggests a comfortable passage when the clubs return to the new White Hart Lane for Wednesday’s second leg.

The excursions into Europe offer a diversion from a dismal run of results in the Premier League. More of that later in the week but for now, let’s just focus on Wednesday and see what we can expect.

Team News

With such a big cushion from the first leg, we can expect a few more changes. Carlos Vinicius is likely to come in for Son Heung-Min and there seems little point of keeping Sonny and Kane on the bench. We can’t be entirely complacent so Dele Alli and Gareth Bale should start but there should be scope for testing the likes of Dane Scarlett and Alfie Devine.

Giovani Lo Celso is the only confirmed absentee as far as we can see with the Argentinian set to be back in contention for the Crystal Palace game on March 6th.

Match Odds

Irrespective of whichever side Jose chooses to field, Spurs will go into this game as hot favourites to win on the night and the best industry odds on the home win currently stand at 3/10 with VBet. The draw is on offer at a top price of 5/1 with Betway and SportNation while victory for Wolsberger is available at 9/1 with VBet once again.

Remember, those are the figures for the result in 90 minutes and there will be a To Qualify market listed in the event of Wolfsberger claiming a 4-1 win in normal time. There’s not much that would surprise us right now but we don’t expect that to happen so we’ll move swiftly on.

Side Markets

Given the expected changes in the starting XI, you may want to check the team sheets before committing to an individual goal scorer bet. As things stand, Harry Kane is favourite to open the scoring and he can be claimed at best odds of 49/20 with Unibet. A number of bookmakers have yet to declare in this market so it’s back to Unibet for the top price on Carlos Vinicius at 10/3 and also on Son Heung-Min at 7/2.

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Harry Kane

Tottenham players dominate these opening stages so we also have Dane Scarlett at 18/5 with 888Sport, Gareth Bale at 24/5 with Unibet, Lucas Moura at 13/2 with 888Sport and Dele Alli at 7/1 with Unibet.

The first Wolfsberger player to be mentioned in the first goalscorer market is Dejan Loveljic who is on offer at best odds of 12/1 with Unibet once again.

Moving on to team bets and anyone looking for Both Teams to Score to land can currently get odds of 10/11 with SportNation and RedZone. Wolfsberger were on the mark last week and, with some changes to our team, they may well threaten once again.

In the Total Goals betting, a bet Over the 2.5 line attracts odds of just 1/2 with VBet. A small push to Over 3.5 lifts the price to 22/19 with RedZone while Over 4.5 is on offer at 12/5 with Betway and GentingBet.

That leaves us with some Correct Score suggestions and a repeat of last week’s 4-1 win in favour of Spurs is available at 59/4 with Novibet. Those anticipating a shock on Wednesday afternoon could maybe look at a 2-2 scoreline which is listed at 20/1 with 888Sport and GentingBet.

Last Week

It wasn’t quite the classic ‘game of two halves’ but we saw a different Spurs team in the second half of last week’s first leg. With Son Heung-Min withdrawn at half time, the urgency up front started to drop and that lacklustre approach was further evident when Gareth Bale left the field.

Wolfsberger had looked lively at times in the first period and there were some promising moments from their young Serbian striker Dejan Loveljic. The 21 year old is averaging at better than a goal a game in the Austrian league and he could be one to watch for bigger European clubs in the future.

Wolfsberger’s goal in last week’s first leg was tucked away by Michael Liendl and the veteran midfielder is the club’s leading scorer in the competition this season.

Verdict

wolfsberger acWhile we should win, irrespective of the starting XI, the nature of the performance should depend on the manager’s selection. The cushion looks comfortable but Mourinho would surely be reluctant to give the Austrians any chance and if the visitors were to score early then there will be some concerns.

A strong bench would probably provide the answer with the lines of Kane and Son ready to get involved if things started to go wrong. In terms of bet suggestions, we’ll just stick with two picks this time. Both Teams to Score is at a reasonable figure and we look likely to concede no matter who starts at the back right now. Similarly, there should be plenty of goals but we have to push to Over 4.5 in order to get any interesting odds.

We’ll pass on an individual goalscorer suggestion: Gareth Bale would be our preference to open the scoring but confirming that tip would involve trying to second guess the manager’s team selection. Bale might be saved for his regular job of warming up the subs bench on the weekends so let’s leave it at these two bets and hope that the second string can provide some diversionary entertainment.

Best Bets

  • Both Teams to Score at 10/11 with SportNation
  • Over 4.5 Goals at 12/5 with Betway

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