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Europa League: Back on track Tottenham tackle travelling Qarabag

| 17.09.2015

Tottenham will be aiming to claim only their second win across all competitions this campaign, as they face opening Europa League Group J opponents Qarabag at White Hart Lane.

Spurs finally started their season proper with a first Premier League victory against Sunderland and, now they have shifted that burden off their backs, are an odds-on price of 3/10 with Coral to follow that up by taking three points from this fixture.

If Mauricio Pochettino’s men, undermined by poor transfer policy this summer, are to get full marks from this match-up with Azerbaijan Premier League champions Qarabag, their attacking options will need to click into gear.

The visiting Horsemen could prove perfect opponents for their hosts, having trekked some way across the continent from the Caucasus to reach the English capital. So, Spurs are a nifty 9/2 to finally put their shooting boots back on and sink four or more past the minnows.

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It is not unreasonable to suggest Argentine coach Pochettino will reshuffle his pack after the Stadium of Light clash but, if the Londoners are to break down the now Baku-based club, they made need both of Harry Kane and new signing Son Heung-Min firing on all cylinders.

No stranger to continental competition with former club Bayer Leverkusen, South Korea international Son has a nose for goal and is 3/1 to bag the first on his European bow in Tottenham colours, or enticing at the same price to score two or more.

Having impressed on international duty for England, meanwhile, hitman Kane continues to search for his first Spurs strike of the season, and is 5/2 to achieve this by closing the scoring against the Caspian Sea club.

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Fringe players and potential Europa debutantes, including promising Cameroon forward Clinton N’Jie and Tottenham academy graduate Alex Pritchard, could also be given a shot at giving Spurs some spark, and are both priced as 5/4 shouts in the anytime market.

Top stopper Hugo Lloris, meanwhile, is 7/10 to help Spurs to a third consecutive clean sheet, with Brazilian pair Reynaldo (11/4 to notch anytime) and Richard Almieda (4/1) two to watch out for from Azerbaijan outfit Qarabag, who are available at 4/1 to frustrate Spurs with another draw.

Betting tip: Tottenham are tempting at 9/2 to net four or more



Holly Thackeray

Holly is a member of the content team, and can often be found on the sports desk writing about favourite topics Serie A and East Asian footballing nations. A recent darts convert, she is also a fully-fledged member of Barney's Army and a proud Leeds-born Manchester United fan.