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Lyon v Tottenham: Spurs can grab a score draw in France

| 21.02.2013

Tottenham travel to Lyon with the luxury of a 2-1 advantage, and are 21/10 to record a repeat Europa League victory over their French adversaries.

Spurs scored in injury time of either half to lead at both half-time and full-time in the first leg of this tie, and a repeat of that is 9/2.

Perhaps most encouraging for supporters of the North Londoners is the fact that their side have regularly scored on their travels this season, in a tie where away goals could prove critical.

Domestically, Andre Villas-Boas’ men have failed to score only once on the road, and have hit the net more than once in over half of their away matches this term.

They are 27/10 to strike two or three times here, a scenario that would necessitate their hosts notching a minimum of four goals to have a chance of progression.

But of course, a draw is all Spurs need to progress, and so they may adopt a more cautious approach in an attempt to gain a stalemate at 12/5.

Punters feeling that this more subdued approach will translate into less match goals can back the 16/5 odds about a draw featuring fewer than 2.5 goals.

And that looks a wise investment, considering such a bet would have paid dividends in all three away games of Tottenham’s European campaign so far.

Lyon are likely to provide the White Hart Lane club’s sternest European test so far on French soil though, and Les Gones could tempt some at 6/5 odds to win.

They do boast an impressive record at Stade de Gerland this season, winning all three of their Group I games at the ground, and eight of their 12 Ligue One games there.

A 2-1 home win would ensure extra-time ensues, and that possibility can be invested in at 8/1.

One of the most popular bets on this game is sure to stem from player markets meanwhile, with the in-form Gareth Bale certain to prove a popular scorer bet.

Bale, who scored both first and last in the first encounter of these sides, is 5/1 to open or close the scoring again, and 11/8 to breach Lyon at any time.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



John Klee