Spurs have changed manager since their last Europa League fixture, with Tim Sherwood replacing Andre Villas-Boas in the dugout, but the new boss will be hoping that Spurs pick up where they left off having claimed victory in all six of their group matches.
The north Londoners are favourites to extend their winning run, with bet365 rating Spurs as a 6/4 (2.50) chance to seize the first-leg advantage over the Ukrainians.
Dnipro are priced up at 9/5 (2.80) with bet365 to take a lead into next week’s return leg at White Hart Lane while the same firm offer 11/5 (3.20) that Thursday’s tussle ends in stalemate.
Spurs will be keen to avoid defeat in Ukraine and the generous 4/5 (1.80) quote from bet365 for Tim Sherwood’s men in the draw no bet market certainly carries plenty of appeal here.
Former Spurs boss Juande Ramos is now in charge of Dnipro and the 59-year-old Spaniard will take encouragement from his side’s impressive home record in European competition that has seen the Ukrainians win eight of their last 10 European ties on home turf.
The visit of in-form Spurs, though, is likely to be a stiff test for a Dnipro side that has not played a competitive match since losing out to Fiorentina in the group stages of this competition back in December.
Spurs may well opt to shuffle the pack here and out-of-favour Spanish striker Roberto Soldado may be given the opportunity to shine for Tim Sherwood’s men on Thursday.
The former Valencia front man has been forced to settle for a spot on the bench more often than not in recent weeks and the Spaniard may feel that he has a point to prove to the new manager.
Therefore, the 6/1 (7.0) quote from bet365 for Soldado to score first could represent value should Sherwood grant the 28-year-old front man a starting berth on Thursday.
Spurs have been solid in European competition thus far this term but with no urgency to secure a win on Thursday, there is value to be had in backing the north Londoners at a chunky 4/5 (1.80) in the draw no bet market here.
|Tottenham draw no bet at 4/5 (1.80) 3pts stake with bet365
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