Freshly installed as the bookies' tip to win the trophy, Spurs are genuine contenders to win some European silverware argues betting expert Jim KnightReaching the last eight of the Champions League last season had an adverse effect on the domestic form for Tottenham. A fifth place finish in the Premier League saw the north London side qualify for the Europa League, a competition which some see as more of a hindrance than a help to
a team’s calendar, especially as the fixtures begin to pile up towards the business end of the season.
Despite fielding a much changed team in the early going, Harry Redknapp’s side have made a great start to the competition and William Hill make them 9/1 favourites to win the tournament. Spurs are yet to lose a game in the competition and sit top of Group A with seven points from their three games. The opposition they have been faced with have hardly been walkovers too, albeit they are likely to face more better clubs if they progress to the latter stages.
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This allows squad rotation which could actually prove beneficial to their form as players such as Carlo Cudicini, Danny Rose and Roman Pavlyuchenko are able to slot into the starting XI, keeping others fresh, without compromising on results or performance.
Fulham had a fantastic Europa League run in 2009/10, putting out several big names including Juventus and the holders Shakhtar Donestk before losing out to Athletico Madrid in the final.
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is mooted as the man to replace Fabio Capello as England manager in 2012. Despite giving the Spurs faithful lots to shout about during his tenure, they have yet to win a trophy under him.
What better way to sign off on his time in charge at White Hart Lane than a European run with the carrot of some long overdue silverware at its conclusion?
While some teams do drop out of the Champions League after the group stages, Spurs demonstrated last year that they have the ability to compete with Europe’s elite over the course of a two- legged match.
It seems logical that if they were to reach the latter stages, Redknapp would name a similar line up to that he would do in an important League encounter. Spurs are by no means a sure thing but with the amount of options and experience they have in their squad, they have as good a chance as anyone else in the competition. A price of 9/1 is well worth snapping up
Tottenham Hotspur to win the Europa League @ 9/1 (William Hill)
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Jim Knight is a sports enthusiast and has been tipping football games since he was old enough to place a bet. He is a Leicester City fan, writer and member of the We Are Going Up Podcast
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