Qarabag v Tottenham betting tips – Place in last 32 awaits Spurs
Spurs can fire themselves into the Europa League knockout stages tonight
November 26th, 2015
The journeys don’t come much longer than this in the Europa League. Spurs headed off to Azerbaijan yesterday in mammoth journey to face Qarabag, however the rewards for a win tonight will be huge for the North London outfit – a place in the last 32 of the competition.
Given that Spurs face Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon, a lot is being asked from the players, although there is enough quality in the squad to ensure that Mauricio Pochettino’s side can successfully battle on two fronts simultaneously.
The Spurs boss summed up the situation perfectly, saying:
“I laugh. I only smile. It was like the week when we played Monday, Thursday and Sunday, three times in six days. Now it’s the same.
“Maybe we will fly straight back and give the players the day off on Friday. Maybe you need to wait two hours at the airport and for us, it’s better to go straight after the game and get to England as soon as possible, and give maybe Friday off for recovery.
“It’s always the same problem. All the clubs in the Premier League at the beginning of the season want to play on TV because it’s a business. But when the moment comes to play, we complain. The balance is difficult.”
Nevertheless, they can only be concentrating on one game at a time and they be in high spirits in the knowledge that they will be in the knockout stages of the Europa League should they seal the three points in Azerbaijan tonight.
Heung-Min Son proved himself a hero in the reverse fixture at White Hart Lane earlier in the competition, scoring twice in that match and we’ll be backing him to score at some point this evening, Bet365 going 13/5 on the anytime goalscorer market.
Clearly, Qarabag is an extremely difficult place to make the journey to and no-one has yet succeeded to clinch maximum points there with Monaco, Rudar Pljevlja and Celtic all being forced to settle for a draw with Anderlecht and Young Boys being sent home with nothing for their troubles.
Either way, Spurs are without a doubt the best side that Qarabag have faced at home this season and there should be sufficient momentum about the top-flight side to suggest that qualification for the next round can be achieved tonight.