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Are Harry Redknapp’s Tottenham a good bet in the Champions League?

Friday, August 27, 2010

Harry Redknapp must have felt like singing in the rain at White Hart Lane as Spurs showed enough drive and determination to easily win the second leg of their Champions League play-off against Young Boys and slide through to the 32 team group stages. Although the Swiss side started well, they never looked likely to hold on to the lead that they had from the first game and were two goals behind by half-time. In only the fifth minute the first goal came courtesy of a Peter Crouch header from a Gareth Bale cross and the second was slotted into the net by Jermain Defoe although replays showed that he clearly used his arm to bring the ball under control. The second half saw Carlo Cudicini in goal after Gomes sustained an injury. More pressure from Spurs paid off with Crouch scoring twice more to get his hat-trick and put Spurs through 6-3 on aggregate.

It has been a long wait for the White Hart Lane faithful to get a taste of the top club competition in Europe – 48 years in fact, and the pouring rain did nothing to dampen the spirits of the Spurs fans who were clearly ecstatic at the result. The reward for Tottenham is a place in Group A where they will be facing the holders Inter Milan, as well as Germany’s Werder Bremen and Dutch outfit FC Twente.

Things are certainly looking up for Tottenham and they can now look forward to a lucrative run in the group stages. It is also looking pretty good on the domestic front too. Looking at the online betting activity on Tottenham the odds on Harry Redknapp’s side again making a top 4 finish in the Premier League are 5/2 and they are 9/1 to win the FA Cup. So after last night’s convincing victory and their encouraging start in the League Harry has every reason to have a smile on his face.

Saturday sees bottom of the table Wigan visiting White Hart Lane. The Latics have conceded ten goals in their first two games this season and it is no surprise that the football betting websites give them little chance - the odds on them even taking a point from White Hart Lane are 4/1. What Spurs cannot allow to happen is to let complacency set in – they need to win that game and not rest on their laurels. Some pundits are predicting the possibility of a Tottenham goal-fest but Wigan did manage a confidence-boosting 3-0 away win against Hartlepool in mid-week so they will be no pushover.

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