By William Duncan
ottenham enjoyed their first win of the season when they ran out as comfortable 3-1 winners over Reading on Sunday and the Lilywhites will be looking for follow up with a second successive victory when they welcome Serie A side Lazio to White Hart Lane in the Europa League group stages on Thursday evening.
Spurs are chalked up as 17/20 (1.85) favourites with William Hill to get their European adventure off to a winning start by grabbing all three points against Vladimir Petkovic’s side.
Lazio, though, have made a fine start to the season, winning all three of their Serie A matches thus far and will travel to north London confident of springing an upset. Lazio are priced up at 3/1 (4.0) with William Hill to shock Spurs while the same firm offer 12/5 (3.40) that the match ends in a draw.
Andre Villas-Boas has previously indicated that he intends to take Spurs’ tilt at European glory seriously and is expected to field a strong side for the visit of Lazio.
With that in mind, Spurs are likely to pose a real threat going forward and in-form striker Jermain Defoe – who has netted three goals in four starts for the Lilywhites so far this season – is chalked up at 5/1 (6.0) with William Hill to open the scoring while Gareth Bale, who scored his first goal of the new campaign against Reading, is available at a hugely tempting 13/2 (7.50) with the same firm to break the deadlock, a price that is especially appealing given that Bale's pace is likely to test an ageing Lazio defence to the limit.
However, Spurs will need to be wary of the danger posed by Petkovic’s side. Lazio have scored three times in each of their last three meetings and, with Spurs having conceded in all four of their Premier League matches this season, the Rome based club will feel confident of troubling the Lilywhites defence here.
Veteran German striker Miroslav Klose can be backed at William Hill’s 13/2 (7.50) quote to score the first goal of the game while Brazilian star Anderson Hernanes, who scored twice in Lazio’s 3-1 win over Chievo at the weekend, can be backed at 8/1 (9.0) with William Hill to score the opener on Thursday.
With so much attacking quality on show, though, the best bet of the night is surely the 10/11 (1.91) quote from William Hill for both teams to score and that price should be snapped up with vigour here.