Tottenham v Panathinaikos: Spurs to ensure progression
Tottenham’s permutations ahead of their clash with Panathinaikos are simple – they’re through if they don’t lose.
Spurs fans will be grateful that their final game is against a team who, throughout their entire existence, have never won on English soil. This justifies their miniscule 3/10 match betting odds, while the Greek club can be backed at a dizzying 9/1 to pick up their maiden victory on these shores.
Juan Roman Rocha’s side will be eliminated should they fail to claim maximum points at White Hart Lane and their away record in Europe will hardly inspire confidence.
They’ve lost their last four on the road in continental action without mustering a single goal and their last three away days have yielded identical 3-0 scorelines.
With Spurs threatening a return to form after an early/mid-November blip, there’s every chance that both of the above trends will be adhered to here.
A home win to nil pays out as short as 11/10, whereas 3-0 Tottenham is hardly going to enable early retirement at 13/2.
Spurs can count themselves a little lucky to still be in contention to qualify having drawn four of their five matches to date.
Had the teams below them been of a higher standard they would surely be in a far more uncomfortable position than the one they currently occupy.
Long odds of 4/1 dictate that this game will be their fifth in six that ends all square.
Yet, with this outcome beneficial to Andre Villas Boas, it’s highly unlikely he’s going to be throwing men forward in the dying moments should the scores remain deadlocked which adds a touch of value to this price.
Another bet that should be considered here is both teams to find the back of the net.
Surprisingly, Spurs have only managed to keep two clean sheets at the Lane this term, the last coming in early October.
The Greeks need goals if they are to have a chance of progression so expect them to approach this battle differently to the four previous away days in which they failed to get on the scoresheet.
Both teams to register can be had at 11/10 and, with an odds-against price in this market exceptionally rare, having a little dabble on it could prove rewarding.
All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date