Tottenham Hotspur v Anzhi Makhachkala Preview

December 11, 2013 | By

Sky Bet - £30 Free Bets for New Customers Registering an AccountEuropa League action Thursday Evening comes from White Hart Lane Stadium and features Tottenham Hotspur versus Anzhi Makhachkala.

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 20:05pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Tottenham Hotspur v Anzhi Makhachkala Preview, Europa League, Thursday 12th December 2013

Tottenham Hotspur have already qualified for the next phase of the competition, so I would expect to see manager Villas-Boas make a number of changes to his side for this game to give some of the youngsters a chance to gain some vital experience on the European stage.

Anzhi are also through and their manager Gadzhi Gadzhiev could also use this game as the perfect chance to give some of his fringe players a chance to impress, although with Anzhi having lost 2-0 at the Stadion Saturn to Tottenham Hotspur in the reverse fixture, revenge will certainly be on the players minds.

Tottenham v Anzhi Makhachkala Team News

Tottenham Hotspur:

Vertonghen, Eriksen, Rose and Adebayor will all miss this game as they continue to receive treatment for respective injury problems. Jermain Defoe will probably lead the attack in what is likely to be a 4-2-3-1 formation which will also see Lamela, Chadli, Capoue and Sigurdsson providing support from midfield.

Jermaine Defoe is the clubs current top goalscorer so far this season with all 9, and 7 of those coming in this competition.

Anzhi Makhachkala:

Ali Gadzhibekov is the only casualty for the visitors as he continues to recover from a fractured jaw and will be out until at least the beginning of february next year. Other than this though manager Gadzhi Gadzhiev has a full squad to choose from which looks likely to be his strongest side as he and his players go in search of the victory to avenge their 2-0 defeat at home in the reverse fixture. Expect the visitors to line up in a 4-4-2 formation which will see Nikita Burmistrov and Pavel Solomatin leading the attack up front.

Both Nikita Burmistrov and Pavel Solomatin are the clubs leading goalscorers this seasonw ith 2 each.

Tottenham v Anzhi Makhachkala Head to Head Statistics

Thursday night’s game from White Hart Lane Stadium will become the second time these two sides have met each other before, with the previous result ending up in a comfortable 2-0 victory for Tottenham Hotspur, Jermaine Defoe and Nacer Chadli scoring the goals for the visitors that night.

Average Goals Per Game ?

14 goals have been scored between both sides during the previous five matches played in the group so far which provides us with an average goals per game statistics of 2.80 which suggests that this game should see at least a couple go in thursday night.

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

Tottenham Hotspur: L W D W W

Anzhi Makhachkala: L D D L D

Tottenham Hotspur dominate the recent form stats having won three of their last five games. Anzhi Makhachkala have yet to manage any victories from their last five games played, of which they have lost twice.

Tottenham v Anzhi Makhachkala Match Betting Odds Market

Tottenham Hotspur are the clear odds on favourites to win this game on thursday night at White Hart Lane Stadium with the online bookmakers offering a best price of just 1/4 with BetVictor (£25 Free Bets for New Customers) which for me is ridiculously short for a side that has had huge problems keeping clean sheets this season.

The Draw does look an unlikely outcome according to the stats, but with both clubs having already progressed through to the next round of the tournament, I could quite easily see both managers happy to settle for a point each if the opportunity presented itself at generous odds of 6/1 with Bet365 (£200 Free Bets for New Customers).

Anzhi Makhachkala have only lost one game during this group stage and that was against Tottenham Hotspur and their manager, players and fans would like nothing more than to have the last laugh and finish the group strongly by beating their hosts in their own back yard and despite their huge price of 16/1 with Stan James (£10 Free Bets for New Customers) they could easily pull off a bit of a shock here in my opinion.

Tottenham v Anzhi Makhachkala Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

A game that can go either way on the night for me, despite the online bookmakers seeming to think that this is going to be one way traffic and a very easy Tottenham Hotspur victory and really will come down to how strong of a side each manager will decide to play.

Spurs were comfortable 2-0 winners in the reverse fixture back at the Stadion Saturn and if manager Villas-Boas does decide to play a strong side for this game, then of course the hosts would be expected to win, but I just have a feeling that he will use this game as chance to hand some of the youngsters and fringe players a chance to impress and this could hand Anzhi a massive advantage as I would expect them to go for the glory here and play their strongest side.

The goal stats suggest the game should see at least a couple of goals scored on thursday night in North London, so betting markets like Both Teams to Score YES, Total Match Goals 2 or 3 and Anytime Goalscorer’s could also provide some value here.

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