Tottenham relying on others to advance in Europa League
There are a whole host of permutations that should make for an interesting night of Europa League action, as English clubs rely on others to give them a chance of qualification.
Tottenham Hotspur travel to Dublin to face point-less Shamrock Rovers, priced at 2/5 to gain the victory they need to give them any hope of advancing from the group.
Even with a second string side, Redknapp’s charges should easily have enough to secure the emphatic win they need over the minnows.
They are relying on PAOK, who won 2-1 at White Hart Lane, to see off Rubin Kazan, and the Greek side are 15/8 to do Spurs a favour.
Rubin though, have their own incentive, knowing that a win would see them finish group winners, and the Russians will go all out to get it at 9/5.
The draw would suit PAOK better, but still certify Rubin’s advancement, and so that could be the best bet at 11/8.
Unresolved issues are present in Group G also, where Metalist Kharkiv have already clinched the group and Malmo are out.
Austria Vienna need to beat Malmo, and can do at 4/9, in the hope that AZ Alkmaar slip up at home to the group winners.
The Dutch outfit are clear 8/15 favourites however, to triumph over what is expected to be a weakened Metalist side and seal their place in the next round.
Group H presents another point of contention, as Birmingham must overcome a Maribor side with just one point to their name at St. Andrew’s.
That result appears academic, with a home win priced at 1/2, but the hosts will be hoping Club Brugge can do them a favour by justifying their 11/8 price at home to Braga, whose superior head-to-head record would see them through at the Blues expense should they prosper in Belgium at 2/1.