Make money from Tottenham’s date with Young Boys
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Make no mistake about it, should Tottenham lose to Young Boys, the cruel jokes will echo through time for years to come. It really should be theirs for the taking.
With that in mind, after the jump you’ll find an interesting money making take on things from our pals at Betfair Football…
Though the media line was that Tottenham secured qualification to the Champions League with victory at Eastlands in May, the reality is that they have one more obstacle to overcome before they truly get a taste of the big time.
Spurs fans have undoubtedly been saving their work leave in the hope of having trips to Barcelona and Milan to look forward to over the next few months but the failure of the last team to break the top four, Everton in 2004-05, to reach the group stage will ensure that this test isn’t taken lightly.
A repeat of what happened to David Moyes’ men, who were beaten home and away by Villarreal in their qualifier, is unlikely, not least because Young Boys aren’t in the same class as the Yellow Submarine, who went all the way to the semi-finals that year.
In addition, Tottenham have well and truly broken free of the bottlers tag that some placed on them after their lasagne-blamed final day failure in 2005-06, when they surrendered the final Champions League berth to Arsenal with defeat at West Ham.
There was a moment in April when it looked like Harry Redknapp’s side would relinquish control of fourth spot, yet their response was to beat title-chasing London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea, then win away at Manchester City.
Redknapp has pledged not to underestimate Swiss hosts Young Boys, who are also bidding to make the final 32 for the first time, after they dumped out Fenerbahce in the last round, however their domestic form is dreadful, and they haven’t won in four home games.
The Lilywhites are tempting 1.76 favourites to triumph, but as Young Boys have lost by more than one goal in just one of their last 40 at the Stade de Suisse, limit score punts to 0-1 at 7.8 and 1-2 at 9.0. The half-time/full-time Spurs win is a generous 2.9, despite four of their last five triumphs coming in such a fashion.