Tottenham fancied to emerge from a long trip to Azerbaijan with maximum points
Pundit Jamie Redknapp angered Tottenham fans on Sunday by claiming that their team wasn’t good enough to win the Premier League.
That was a bold statement to make about one of the most open-looking title races of recent years. Spurs had just thumped West Ham 4-1 and haven’t lost a league game since the opening day of the season. They are only two points outside the top four and four points behind surprise leaders Leicester City – victory over Chelsea in yet another London derby at Stamford Bridge on Sunday would put them 13 points ahead of the champions and that will be Mauricio Pochettino’s priority this week. But first, Spurs face a 12-hour return journey to Baku to play Azerbaijan champions Qarabag FK in their penultimate Europa League Group J fixture.
Tottenham top their section after gaining revenge on Anderlecht at the start of the month for an earlier defeat. Pochettino does shuffle his pack in the Europa League but largely sticks with the players who have served him well so far. That list includes top scorer Harry Kane and England team-mates Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Kyle Walker.
Qarabag posed problems for Spurs at White Hart Lane before succumbing 3-1 with Turkish-born winger Afran Ismayilov probably their best player on the night. Qurban Qurbanov’s team have taken four out of a possible six points at home so far, beating Anderlecht and drawing with Monaco, and are no mugs. But, realistically, they have to beat Spurs to keep alive hopes of qualification and that looks a tall order given the Londoners are playing with plenty of confidence at present and are capable of scoring goals from all areas of the pitch.
This doesn’t look a match filled with goals however – there have only been three in Qarabag’s two home matches in the competition to date – so backing Under 2.5 in our Goals Under/Over market could be a banker at 4/7.
Spurs have the class to edge a close game at 19/20 and are 12/5 to win by 1 in our Winning Margins betting. The Draw/Tottenham in our Half Time/Full Time market is 31/10.
The match kicks off at 6.00pm on Thursday, November 26th at the Tofiq Behramov Respublika Stadionu, Baku
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