Tottenham will bid to get their Europa League campaign up and running when they take on Maribor at White Hart Lane on Thursday night. Spurs are yet to hit the heights in Europe this season as they have drawn each of their opening three fixtures to sit third in Group J, although a win this week would be very welcome as they sit just two points behind group leaders Lazio.
The bookies certainly fancy Tottenham to get a first European win of the season under their belts as they are 2/7 odds on favourites for the match with Betfred, who price Maribor 9/1 and the draw 5/1. Tottenham's form in Europe will be a real worry as they have won just one of their last six European fixtures, as well as just two of their last seven at home.
They will have few better opportunities to improve that poor record though as Maribor have verged on being hopeless away from home, with the reigning Slovenian champions losing each of their last five European away games and they have only ever won one of 15 away fixtures in their history in European competition.
It looks to be an ideal opportunity for Spurs to get back on track after a 1-0 defeat to Wigan on Saturday left them with just one win in five in all competitions and in sixth place in the Premier League table. Andre Villas-Boas will be looking for a big response from his players this week and it appears unlikely he will rest too many star names for a competition he is taking very seriously.
Jermain Defoe is likely to get the chance to add to his seven goals for club and country this season and he is 10/3 favourite to score first with Fred, although for a touch more value it could be worth a look at the 20/1 on offer for a scorecast of Defoe to score first and Tottenham to win 2-0. Gylfi Sigurdsson will also get a chance to impress after he scored in Spurs' 1-1 draw against Maribor in Slovenia two weeks ago and he is a best price 6/1 to score first and 13/8 to score anytime.
Maribor will look to contain Tottenham on Thursday as they bid to reverse their own poor form which has seen them win just two of their last six in all competitions. They are still top of the Slovenian league and Marcos Tavares remains their main goal threat after scoring seven this season and he is 10/1 to score first.
Goals have hardly been a feature of Maribor's games though as six of their last seven have ended with under 2.5 goals. Five of Spurs' last seven have gone the same way and under 2.5 goals could be worth a look at 6/5 with Betfred as Tottenham look to pick up an important three points in Group J.
Tottenham v Maribor Tips
Tip #1: Gylfi Sigurdsson to score anytime @ 13/8 with Betfred.
Tip #2: Under 2.5 goals @ 6/5 with Betfred.
Tip #3: Jermain Defoe to score first and Tottenham to win 2-0 @ 20/1 with Betfred.
Correct Score Odds
5/1 Tottenham 1-0
5/1 Tottenham 2-0
8/1 Tottenham 2-1
9/1 Draw 0-0
7/1 Draw 1-1
20/1 Draw 2-2
11/1 Maribor 1-0
50/1 Maribor 2-0
25/1 Maribor 2-1
First Goalscorer Odds
10/3 Jermain Defoe
10/3 Emmanuel Adebayor
4/1 Clint Dempsey
5/1 Gareth Bale
6/1 Gylfi Sigurdsson
7/1 Moussa Dembele
7/1 Aaron Lennon
8/1 Andros Townsend
9/1 Iago Falque
9/1 Tom Carroll
9/1 No Goalscorer
10/1 Marcos Tavares
Odds supplied by Betfred.com, who offer live betting in-running for all Europa League matches.
|Eibar v Valencia Odds Paco Alcacer tipped to score for visitors|
Los Che Favourites
|Nottingham Forest v Leeds Odds Back both teams to score at the City Ground|
Forest Favourites For Three Points On Home Soil
|Roma v AC Milan Odds Expect The Giallorossi to Continue Fine Home Form|
Goals On The Cards At The Stadio Olimpico
|Derby v Norwich Odds Rams can return to the summit with a win|
Back Martin To Net Anytime
|Lens v Nice Betting Back the draw in Ligue 1 clash on Friday|
Both Sides Are Struggling For Form In French Top Flight
|Man City v Crystal Palace Odds Citizens bid to make it six league wins on the bounce|
Palace Have Won One Of Their Last Ten Outings
|Mainz v Bayern Munich Odds Bundesliga leaders are firm favourites for yet another win|
Bayern Haven't Lost In The League Since April
|Bristol Rovers v Gateshead Odds Pirates to go second in Conference with win|
Visitors Head To Memorial Stadium In Decent Form
|Christmas Cracker Serie A Treble Bet Headlined By Roma and Sampdoria Wins|
Fiorentina Should Win Pre Christmas Tuscan Derby
|PSG to return to winning ways and star in our Ligue 1 best bets|
Wins For Monaco And Nantes Can Complete Treble
|Anzhi V Liverpool Odds Russian Side Start Favourites In The Match Betting|
All to play for in latest Group A clash
|Benfica V Spartak Moscow Odds In Form Oscar Cardozo Leads First Scorer Market|
Benfica hot favourites in pivotal Group G clash
|Chelsea V Shakhtar Odds Blues Even Money But Donetsk Can Nick A Result|
Top two sides in Group E go head to head
|Celtic V Barcelona Odds David Villa A Good Bet To Continue Fine Scoring Form|
Celtic big underdogs for latest Group G match
|Braga V Man Utd Odds Back Van Persie To Score In A Reds Win|
United tipped for three points in Portugal
|Back Man City Chelsea And Swindon In This Weekends Bankers Bet|
3 Teams In Fine Form
|Both Teams To Score Accumulator Stars Barnsley V Leyton Orient|
Goals Expected At Bradford And Accrington
|Noel Novices Chase Odds Josses Hill Is A Marginal Favourite On His Chase Debut|
Ptit Zig Bids To Make It Three From Three Over Fences
|Kennel Gate Novices Hurdle Odds Emerging Talent Can Win Supreme Novices Trial|
Willie Mullins Sends Killultagh Vic To Ascot On Friday
|Tennessee At Jacksonville Odds Jaguars Start Favourites In Florida|
Jags Have Been Underdogs For Their Previous 42 Games
Betfred are amazingly offering double odds on your first bet with them, up to a stake unit of £10. In addition to this you can also claim a £25 free bet.
Open Account - Free £25 Bet With Betfred
Ladbrokes are one of the highest rated online bookmakers in the UK and are a superb choice for placing your bets. You can claim a free bet of up to £100 when opening a new account with Ladbrokes by clicking on one of the links on this site.
Bet £5 or more and Ladbrokes will match this with a free bet to the same stake unit.
Open Account - £100 Free Bet - Ladbrokes
Those looking for some online casino entertainment ought to check out all the latest UK Casino Sign Up offers from the top operators including 32Red and many of the sports betting casinos.
There is excellent information, should you be interested in playing online blackjack, roulette, the best progressives or slots - Online Casino Betting with the best introductory offers