Tottenham - Panathinaikos Betting Preview: Back Spurs to secure Europa League progress

Andre Villas-Boas' men need a point to secure their place in the knock-out stage, and Willie Duncan is backing them to pin down their place in style with a comfortable win
Tottenham are in the driving seat to secure a place in the last 32 of the Europa League but Andre Villas-Boas’ men know that they must take at least a point against Greek side Panathinaikos at White Hart Lane on Thursday night to ensure their progress to the next stage of the competition.

Spurs have collected four points from a possible six on home turf in the Europa League thus far and are chalked up at just 3/10 (1.30) with Bet365 to bag another three points by defeating Juan Ramon Rocha’s side on Thursday.

Panathinaikos can deny the hosts a place in the last 32 of the competition and can be backed at a chunky 10/1 (11.0) with Bet365 to win achieve that objective while the same firm go 4/1 (5.0) that the match ends in a draw.

The Greek side have already slumped to 3-0 away defeats against both Maribor and Lazio in this group and, subsequently, they will require a massive improvement in their performance levels if they are to stand any chance of causing an upset at White Hart Lane.

Andre Villas-Boas is expected to name a strong side for this match and, with that in mind, the 5/6 (1.83) with Bet365 for Spurs (-1) in the handicap market offers considerable appeal, especially when Panathinaikos’ previous away results in the competition are taken into account.

Spurs led at half-time when these two sides met in Athens in September and, with home advantage on this occasion, the 8/11 (1.73) on offer from Bet365 on for Spurs to lead at half-time this time around is hugely tempting, while the north London club are outstanding value at 4/5 (1.80) with the same firm to lead at both half-time and full-time.

Those seeking bigger prices may be tempted by the 11/2 (6.50) on offer from Bet365 for a 2-0 home win while the same firm’s juicy 7/1 (8.0) quote for Spurs to inflict a third successive 3-0 Europa League away defeat on Juan Ramon Rocha’s Panathinaikos side is superb value and should be snapped up by those seeking big returns for small stakes.

Tottenham Hotspur to lead at half time and full time at 4/5 (1.80) with Bet365
Tottenham Hotspur to win 3-0 at 7/1 (8.0) with Bet365

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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