Tottenham Hotspur-Sheriff Betting Preview: Spurs set to seal qualification

Andre Villas-Boas' men are strong favourites to maintain their fine European form against their Moldovan opponents and our tipster fancies the north London side to win both halves
Tottenham will look to maintain their perfect start in the Europa League when they welcome Moldovan outfit Sheriff to White Hart Lane on Thursday night.

Andre Villas-Boas’s men have won all five of their Europa League ties thus far this term without conceding a single goal and it is of little surprise to see Spurs installed as red-hot favourites with the odds compilers to claim all three points again here.

Coral offer odds of just 1/7 (1.14) for a home victory on Thursday night while the visitors can be backed at a chunky 16/1 (17.0) with the same firm to claim a famous win in north London. The draw is rated as a 13/2 (7.50) chance with Coral.

Defensive stability has been a key element of Tottenham’s play under Villas-Boas this season, with Spurs having kept a clean sheet in 13 of their 17 games already this term and, therefore, the 8/11 (1.73) quote from Coral for Spurs to win to nil carries plenty of appeal.

However, punters should note that Tottenham have won both halves in no fewer than four of their five Europa League games so far this season and, with home advantage, Spurs are certainly more than capable of doing so again here.

Therefore, the even money (2.0) quote from Coral for the hosts to win both halves is outstanding value and should be eagerly snapped up, especially as their forwards have been scoring much more freely in Europe than domestically.

Furthermore, it should be noted that Spurs have struck twice in the first half of four of their five Europa League victories this season and, should that pattern be repeated once again here, there may be value in backing the 8/5 (2.60) quote from Coral for Spurs (-1) in the half-time handicap betting.

With Spurs chalked up at just 1/25 (1.04) with Coral to win either half, the even money (2.0) quote from the same firm for the home side to win both halves is supremely generous and is well worth backing as Andre Villas-Boas' side look to get back to goalscoring form after drawing a blank in thier last Premier League outing.

Tottenham Hotspur to win both halves at even money (2.0) 3pts stake with Coral  Tottenham Hotspur (-1) in the half-time handicap at 8/5 (2.40) 1pt stake with Cora

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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