Europa League Group J: In-form Spurs favoured in Qarabag clash
Matt Haynes | November 25, 2015
Qarabag v Tottenham
- Europa League Group J
- Thursday, November 26th
- Kick-off: 18:00 GMT
- Tofiq Bahramov Stadium, Baku
- Live on BT Sport Europe
Tottenham look to consolidate first place in group
Spurs are 21/20 with Coral to beat Qarabag in their Europa League Group J clash and will go into the match with confidence after their 4-1 victory over rivals West Ham last time out.
In the reverse fixture, Mauricio Pochettino’s men recorded a 3-1 victory at White Hart Lane in their opening European clash with Heung-Min Son bagging a brace. However, the South Korean star has since missed two months due to injury but returned for the win against the Hammers.
As a result, he may feature from the bench against Qarabag and is 5/1 to have the final say. Last time out in the competition, Tottenham recorded a 2-1 win over Anderlecht, who are also in Europa League Group J action against Monaco, to go top.
Mousa Dembele struck the winner on that occasion and the Belgian midfielder has experienced a revival under Pochettino, particularly in recent matches. The 28-year-old is a great price at 7/2 to strike in the anytime market.
Prolific Kane crucial to victory
The England striker struck two against the Hammers, plus one against Anderlecht so odds of 6/1 for Kane to score two or more could be worth a punt. Last season, the 22-year-old dispatched seven in nine Europa League appearances and, should Spurs go far in the competition, Kane will have his eye on beating that tally.
With a sensational supply chain that includes the mercurial Christian Eriksen and an ever-improving Erik Lamela, Kane is bound to find opportunities. Whether Dele Alli starts is another matter.
Pochettino spoke about the need to be cautious with the youngster following his England exploits and ensure that the 19-year-old doesn’t suffer from burnout after playing 71 minutes against West Ham. Should he feature, Alli is well-priced at 7/2 in the anytime market and has shown he is dangerous anywhere within 30 yards of the goal.
Hosts have impressive home record
Qarabag have certainly shown that they are no pushovers in the competition so far. Expected to be the whipping boys of the group, they have beaten Anderlecht and held Monaco at home, so Spurs will have to guard against complacency.
Richard Almeida sealed the win against the Belgian’s and is a 7/4 hope in the anytime market, while his strike partner Samuel Armenteros struck in the Monaco match and is 6/1 to break the deadlock against Tottenham.
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