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Tottenham vs Rubin: Draw best bet as game is about strikers

| 20.10.2011

Despite the fact that Tottenham will field a weakened team for their Europa League clash with Rubin Kazan, the poor European away record of the visitors means they can continue their unbeaten start to life in Group A.

Home defeats in Europe have been especially rare for Tottenham in the past and it is 8/11 that they move above their opponents in the group with a victory to sit in top spot at the halfway stage.

However, given the number of youngsters and inexperienced players the team will include, such as Andros Townsend and Tom Carroll, a draw will be an adequate result and this can be backed at 13/5.

Rubin may be best known for their victory in the Nou Camp against Barcelona in 2009, but their recent away record in Europe has failed to come close to the same heights.

The Russians have managed to win just one of their last eight European away games, but are 19/5 to take advantage of what is set to be a second-string Spurs outfit.

The result could hinge on the performance of two strikers, who both know their opposition particularly well.

Obafemi Martins scored in each of his first four games against Tottenham in the Premier League and his pace could pose problems again, particularly if the game is tight.

It is 9/1 in the Europa League odds that Martins opens the scoring.

For Tottenham, they may be relying on Roman Pavlyuchenko for that added attacking spark and he has played against Rubin a hatful of times in the past through his time with Spartak Moscow.

Pavlyuchenko is 4/1 to break the deadlock, which is the same price as strike partner Jermain Defoe.

With goals largely common in Tottenham games, 10/11 may also be good value that at least three goals are scored at White Hart Lane in the fixture.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.