Anzhi Makhachkala v Tottenham Hotspur Preview

October 1, 2013 | By

£10 Free Bets No Deposit Required + £25 Matched Free BetEuropa League action Thursday Evening comes from the Anzhi Stadium featuring hosts Anzhi Makhachkala versus Tottenham Hotspur.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on ITV4 High Definition, On Thursday Evening with a scheduled 17:00pm (BST) Kick Off Time.

Anzhi Makhachkala v Tottenham Hotspur Preview, Europa League, Thursday 3rd October 2013

Anzhi Makhachkala are not a club that many people will be that familiar with as they play their domestic football in the Russian Premier League and have only really come onto the scene in the last couple of years when they bought a number of high profile players including the likes of Samuel Eto’o and Yuri Zhirkov.

These players have now moved on to other clubs and as such Anzhi Makhachkala’s results have suffered as they currently sit in 15th position of the Russian League table having yet to win a game this season and are far from the force they were in the past couple of seasons.

Tottenham Hotspur have started their season in excellent fashion, but will be dissapointed with their 1-1 result against arch rivals Chelsea over the weekend as it seems no matter how many world class players they have in their current squad, they are still unable to beat Chelsea when it matters.

However, they will expect to win this game on thursday evening over in Russia and with Jermain Defoe likely to start who has been in fantastic goal scoring form so far in this competition the hosts do look to be in for a very difficult game.

Anzhi Makhachkala Team News :

Midfielder Ilia Maksimov is the only confirmed casualty for manager Gadzhi Gadzhiev as the player continues to recover from ligament problems and Striker Lacina Traore who has now fully recovered from a similar problem will under take a late fitness test to see if he can be involved on thursday evening.

Expect the hosts to line up in either a 4-4-2 or 4-2-3-1 formation with the clubs current top goal scorer Pavel Solomatin and Nikita Burmistrov leading the attack up front.

Tottenham Hotspur Team News :

No fresh injury problems or suspensions for manager Villas-Boas to contend with and he will probably stick with the same group of players that have been involved in this competition this season, so expect Lamela, Holtby and Defoe to be the main three players pulling the strings up front in what should be a 4-3-3 formation.

Jermain Defoe has scored 4 times in Tottenham Hotspur’s previous 2 UEFA Europa League matches and will be looking to add more goals to that tally come thursday evening in Russia.

Anzhi Makhachkala v Tottenham Hotspur Head to Head Statistics

Thursday night’s game from The Anzhi-Arena will become the first time these two sides have met each other before, so unfortunately we no previous detailed head to head information available to provide you with for this game.

Average Goals Per Game ?

Anzhi Makhachkala have scored 0 goals from their opening match of the group. Tottenham Hotspur have scored 3 goals from their opening game of the group.

Anzhi Makhachkala v Tottenham Hotspur Recent Form (Last 5 Results from Left to Right)

Anzhi Makhachkala: D D L D D
Tottenham Hotspur: W W W W D

Tottenham Hotspur dominate the recent form stats having won four of their last five games. Anzhi Makhachkala have yet to manage any victories from their last five games played, but they have only lost one of those and drawn the other four.

Anzhi Makhachkala v Tottenham Hotspur Match Betting Odds Market

Anzhi Makhachkala are not even close to the side they were a couple of season’s ago and the online bookmakers are giving the hosts little chance of being able to pick up their first win this season at a current best price available of 6/1 with Betfred (£10 Free Bets, No Deposit Required for New Customers).

The Draw although unlikely at odds of 7/2 with BetVictor (£25 Free Bets for New Customers) could be worth a small saver as Anzhi Makhachkala have drawn a lot of their games this season and Spurs would probably be happy enough to return back to London with a point from this game.

Tottenham Hotspur have been extremely impressive this season and even more so in this competition and with Jermain Defoe scoring world class goals in the previous two matches it would come as a huge shock to see Tottenham Hotspur not win this game and the online bookmakers seem to agree with a current best price of 8/15 with Ladbrokes (£30 Free Bets for New Customers) available.

Anzhi Makhachkala v Tottenham Hotspur Betting Predictions:

This should be another straight forward victory for Tottenham Hotspur on thursday evening, but their current odds on offer do look a bit on the short side considering this game is in Russia which is a long way to go for the players and will be a very hostile atmosphere with a packed out Anzhi Stadium full of home fans.

However, based on what Anzhi Makhachkala have done so far this season an early goal by the visitors should be enough to silence the home crowd as without the star players they once had in their squad the current side does look weak in many areas of the pitch and the defence looks certain to be in for a very busy evening with Jermain Defoe having been in excellent form in this competition.

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