Wolfsberger AC v Spurs: Hope for Some European Comfort in Hungary
After another difficult week, Spurs are back in Europe to see whether any comfort can come outside of the domestic competitions. Having made it through our Europa League group without too many alarms, the draw looks to have been relatively kind with Austria’s Wolfsberger next up in the round of 32.
With sides dropping down from the Champions League, the competition could get much tougher as the tournament develops but firstly we have to negotiate this two-legged tie.
Jose Mourinho has suggested that Sergio Reguilon may be in line for a recall on Thursday night. The left back has been out since January but it seems as though he may be ready to return. Elsewhere, Serge Aurier is also expected to be available after missing out since limping off against West Brom.
The only player who has definitely been ruled out at this stage is Giovani Lo Celso whose return date has now been pushed back to early March. Otherwise, there are no suspensions and Jose Mourinho has a strong squad to pick from.
The game is effectively on neutral ground with restrictions meaning that Thursday’s first leg will take place in Hungary. It’s a 6pm (GMT) kick off and whether the switch has had any effect on the markets is debatable. Result betting shows that Tottenham are favourites to win on the night and the best industry odds in this respect currently stand at 4/9 with Betway. The draw is next at a top price of 4/1 with RedZone while a win for Wolfsberger comes in at 69/10 with VBet.
The Austrians are clearly an unknown quantity but the comparative strengths of the Premier League and Austrian Bundesliga make us clear favourites on the night. Spurs’ opponents qualified for this competition after finishing third in the table last season – two points above LASK Linz who we played in the group stages. Based on those elementary stats, we should certainly come through over two legs although some neutrals may be looking at the draw based on our recent form.
Harry Kane starts things off as favourite to open the scoring at best odds of 11/4 with Unibet. Carlos Vinicius follows at a top price of 18/5 and then it’s Son Heung-Min at a best of 15/4 – both with Unibet once again. Gareth Bale and Dane Scarlett can both be found at best odds of 5/1 with VBet while Lucas Moura is at 15/2 and Dele Alli is at 8/1 – both with Betway.
Dejan Joveljic is the first representative for Wolfsberger. He’s a Serbian Under 21 international on loan from Eintracht Frankfurt and can be claimed at 11/1 with VBet.
Moving on to team bets and Both Teams to Score is available for this match at 10/11 with 888Sport. As this market hasn’t been quite as productive recently, you may want to vote ‘No’ on BTTS and take odds of 21/20 with RedZone.
In the total goals betting, punters can get odds of 4/6 with Betway for going Over the 2.5 line. A small push to Over 3.5 brings odds against figures with VBet offering 30/17.
We’ll finish off as always with some options in the Correct Score market and those who are expecting a comfortable evening can get Spurs 3 Wolfsberger 0 at 9/1 with Novibet. Anyone with a more pessimistic outlook will find the 2-2 draw at 18/1 with 888Sport while a 1-0 victory for the ‘hosts’ is also at 18/1 – this time with BetFred.
Who are They?
Wolfsberger AC were formed in 1931 and, for much of their 90 years, they’ve played in the lower leagues within the Austrian set up. They made it to the Bundesliga for the first time in 2012 when they won the Football First League title and have been a fairly solid top six team since that point.
They have, however, yet to win the top flight title and this appearance in the Europa League last 32 is their biggest achievement to date on the European stage.
Currently, the team managed by Ferdinand Feldhofer are down in sixth place and the form guide shows that they have won three and lost two of their last five matches. As far as the dangerman is concerned, we mentioned Dejan Loveljic who has averaged better than a goal every other game in the Bundesliga during his brief time with the club. The other man to watch is Michael Liendl – an experienced midfielder who is Wolfsberger’s top scorer in the Europa League this season.
Having looked at the credentials of our opponents in that previous section, it’s hard not to conclude that the draw has been very kind to us. Much tougher opposition could have arrived and they would have concluded that this was a good time to be playing Tottenham Hotspur.
As it is, we will go on record and say that it is inconceivable that we will not be in the hat for the round of 16. Whether we win on Thursday night is another issue and there is scope for the draw with a home win following in the second leg at the new White Hart Lane.
As for confirmed bet suggestions, we’ll start with Both Teams to Score and Over 3.5 Goals. BTTS has been absent from many Spurs games lately but we think this match will be closer in nature to the 4-5 Everton defeat rather than the 3-0 Manchester City humbling.
With our goal scorer suggestion, we’re a little bored with running through the same old names. Jose Mourinho said that we ‘need’ Dele Alli so it’s time to back up those words with a run out rather than leave him festering on the bench. Clearly you may want to swerve this one and we wouldn’t blame you but if Dele starts then we believe that he’ll deliver on a ‘point to prove’ basis.
- Both Teams to Score at 10/11 with 888Sport
- Over 3.5 Goals at 30/17 with VBet
- Dele Alli to score at any time in 90 minutes at 11/4 with Betway