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Some Spurs stats that can earn you money tonight

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With Spurs’ Champions League adventure as good as over, watching tonight’s game against Real Madrid may not strike you as the most exciting way to spend an evening – especially with Botox Britain: Your Face in Their Hands on the other side.

But if you do watch the game and fancy adding a bit of excitement to an evening sat listening to Clive Tyldesley talk about ‘that night in Istanbul’ every time Spurs get within 30 yards of the Real goal, then why not let our friends at Betfair Football guide you to some very decent-looking bets…

Early goals are a frequent occurrence for Spurs

Ignoring the three straight games that finished goalless between March and April, the opening strike in eight of Tottenham’s last nine matches has been scored in the first 20 minutes, with the deadlock breaking goal arriving between the 11th and 20th minute on five of those occasions, including on three of the last four. That period therefore has to be covered in the first goal odds betting at 5.0, and if it’s still 0-0 after that, an in-play punt on it staying that way is worth considering.

Spurs’ half-time and full-time results mirror one another

In each of the Lilywhites’ last seven fixtures in all competitions, and 12 of their last 14 looking back over a longer spell, whichever team has been in front at half-time has gone on to win, or in the instances where the tie has been level, the full-time result has been a draw. Consequently, it’s clear that if you expect Tottenham to triumph, you should back them half-time/full-time at chunky odds of 6.0, while if your money is on Real, the 4.0 on them leading at both intervals is to be lapped up.

Their defence won’t be shown up again

Spurs don’t head into this second-leg encounter in great defensive form after following their 4-0 loss in Madrid by conceding two at home to Stoke, but expect an improved display tonight. Prior to that, they had been breached just once in seven outings at White Hart Lane. In addition, they haven’t conceded in both halves there since September 2009, and have only leaked more than once in three of 43 games since. That indicates that you should oppose the 2.0 on Real scoring two or more.

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