Goals To Be At A Premium During Gent v Tottenham

The Europa League resumes with the round of 32 on Thursday evening and Tottenham Hotspur travel to Belgium for the first leg of their tie with Gent...

  • Tottenham have won 4 of their past 15 European away games - Drawn 5, Lost 6
  • Harry Kane has scored 9 goals in his last 9 starts in the Europa League
  • Gent's last 6 fixtures have all produced under 2.5 goals

Thursday 16th February - 6.00pm OddsWon/LostBet
Gent v Tottenham    
Tips Under 2.5 goals    Best Bet @ 17 / 20  

Gent Stats | Tottenham Stats

Form Lines

Tottenham are 4/5 favourites at the Ghelamco Arena but we would want to see Mauricio Pochettino's team selection before backing them. Spurs are in FA Cup action against Fulham this weekend so there is no reason Pochettino shouldn't go strong but it is difficult to forget last year's defeat to Borussia Dortmund when a weak North London team were thrashed in the last-sixteen of this competition.

Indeed, Spurs have only won four of their past fifteen away games in Europe (drawn five, lost six) but it is questionable whether Gent have the tools to take advantage of them.

The 2015 Belgian League winners are out of form as they have won just two of their last nine matches to sit in eighth place in their domestic table and they are 4/1 to win or 11/4 to draw on Thursday (Bet 365).
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Lack Of Goals

Hein Vanhaezebrouck's have enjoyed a stellar couple of years as their 2015 league title was followed by a run to the last-sixteen of the Champions League last season, albeit they made the most of being in a weak group that included Valencia, Zenit and Lyon.

The Belgian side have qualified for the last-32 of this season's Europa League by winning two, drawing two and losing two of their six matches and such form hardly inspires confidence.

One feature of Gent's recent games has been a lack of goals as under 2.5 goals has paid out in each of their past six outings and under 2.5 is the way to go on Thursday (17/20 with Betfair).

Since the start of 2014. nine of Tottenham's fourteen European away fixtures have involved two goals or less and they are hardly flying at the moment as a stuttering run of recent form culminated in Saturday's 2-0 loss at Liverpool in the Premier League.

Kane To Strike

The visitors should have enough about them to qualify from this tie but it could be a tight first leg that is settled by the odd goal. Harry Kane might just be the man to get that goal, if selected, as he has notched nine goals in his past nine starts in the Europa League and he is 15/4 favourite to score first in Belgium (Bet Victor).
First Goalscorer Odds:

Posted: Wednesday, 15th February 2017
Author: Chris Knight

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