Tottenham are odds-on at 8/11 with Totesport to win Europa League Group A but with boss Harry Redknapp making it clear that the tournament is not at the top of his priority list and going so far as to leave Rafael van der Vaart out of his squad for the group stage, Spurs are way too risky at that price.
Russian side Rubin Kazan are a better bet to top the pile at 15/8 (Paddy Power) and similarly a weakened Tottenham don’t make for much appeal at 7/5 with ahead of their trip to PAOK Salonika.
Nevertheless, the hosts are not convincing enough to warrant an interest at 9/4 courtesy of Betfred and instead the value lies with a goal glut in Greece. Redknapp’s side were rampant in attack against Hearts and always pose a threat going forward but they look lightweight at the back at the moment so could be vulnerable at the other end.
Stan James chalk 11/10 against the match producing three or more goals but in what should be an open contest, it’s worth taking a risk and tackling William Hill’s 3/1 for the contest to contain over 3.5 goals.
Stoke meanwhile, are 15/4 (bet365) to collect maximum points away to Dynamo Kiev, who are Blue Square’s 5/6 favourites but draw quote of 13/5 is arguably the best bet in the Ukraine, where it’s 13/2 via William Hill to finish one-each.