Live on Skysports 2: Tue 19.45: Spurs, 7/4 with , can build on their 2nd half in the San Siro against Inter Milan.
To say the first half of their Champions League clash with Inter in the San Siro didn’t go according to plan for Tottenham would be something of an understatement given that Harry Redknapp’s men went in at the interval 4-0 down and reduced to ten men, however, they should impressive resilience in the second period and dragged the score back to a respectable 4-3 and their spirited showing bodes well as the two sides renew hostilities in North London.
The defending champions arrive having won both of their home games in Group A but they were held at FC Twente and could find the going tough in a noisy and electric atmosphere at White Hart Lane, especially as Dutch schemer Rafael van der Vaart returns form suspension for Spurs.
The hosts are a best price of 7/4 with to register a memorable victory but that seems a touch risky against a team of Inter’s quality and a safer option is to back Tottenham at 10/11 in William Hill’s ‘Draw No Bet’ market, as they are more than capable of avoiding defeat.
Manchester United are in pole position in Group C and they should cement their position at the top by beating Bursaspor. However, Sir Alex Ferguson is taking a slightly weakened squad to Turkey to face a team that they only beat 1-0 at Old Trafford and so there’s very little appeal in an away win at 3/4 with .
Rangers were unfortunate not to secure all three points from their clash with Valencia at Ibrox last time out but as the pair face-off again at the Mestalla, it’s the Spanish outfit that are a banker at 2/5 (Betdaq) to come out on top. Walter Smith will adopt conservative tactics in order to keep things tight and their likely reluctance to show any attacking ambition suggests that they won’t get on the scoresheet. Unai Emery’s men can therefore combine victory with a clean sheet, at an enticing 6/5 with Ladbrokes.
Also set for a victory ‘to nil’ are Russian side Rubin Kazan, a 5/4 chance at Paddy Power, who entertain Group D’s bottom club Panathinaikos meanwhile in Group B, Benfica look decent value at 5/4 to the get the better of Lyon at the Estadio da Luz (Stan James). The Portuguese outfit lost the corresponding fixture against their French opponents and also went down at Schalke but they’re still in contention and are strong on their own patch while Lyon are less than convincing on their travels.