After a first-leg demolition at White Hart Lane, Spurs travel to Portugal looking to produce a miracle but our tipster backing the home side to cruise to victoryLast week saw Tottenham Hotspur's European hopes all but fade away after Benfica beat them 3-1 at White Hart Lane. The Portuguese side were hugely impressive in the Europa League last-16 first-leg, and they have a huge advantage coming into the second-leg.
Tim Sherwood brings his side into this match with more hope than expectation, as the North Londoners are on a horrendous run of form by their standards.
Spurs have lost their last three matches, with rivals Arsenal the latest team to beat them as they ran out 1-0 winners at the weekend. With five defeats in their last seven games, a morale boosting win is needed tonight but the bookmakers are skeptical. Paddy Power price them at 4/1 (5.00) to win.
On the back of their victory at Tottenham, Benfica won once again at the weekend, beating Nacional 4-2 away from home. This victory stretches their winning run to 10 matches. Jorge Jesus will be wary of Spurs threat going forward and the comeback in the previous round from two goals down shows how dangerous Sherwood's men can be. The Benfica boss looks set to name a full strength side despite being in such a strong position in the tie. Paddy Power price them at 4/6 (1.67) to win, with the same firm pricing the draw at 11/4 (3.75).
After such a strong performance at White Hart Lane last week, it's tough to see past Benfica, despite Tottenham being the side that must come out and take the game to their opponents. With 4/6 (1.67) on the match odds market slightly too skinny to touch, it's worth looking elsewhere for value.
The -1 handicap bet at 6/4 (2.50) looks like a fantastic price with Paddy Power. As well as paying out in their first-leg match, this has paid out in four of Benfica's last five games. With Spurs struggling for centre backs through injuries, their defence is likely to be without key men, and with Spurs having to take the game to Benfica, the home side should be able to pick off their English opposition.
|Benfica to win -1 handicap at 6/4 (2.50) 1.5pts with Paddy Power
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