Betting. Monaco vs Tottenham [22.11.16] : the knockout stage is drifting away from the Spurs

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Betting. Monaco vs Tottenham [22.11.16] : the knockout stage is drifting away from the Spurs

Champions League

Group E

22.11.2016

Bet: Total Goals by Home Team over 1

After 2 months period Monaco and Tottenham will lock horns once more. This time the Spurs have no choice but to win. However, the Red and Whites will fight fiercely to get points and to secure the top-two position.    

Courtesy of an away victory over FC Lorient (3:0) this Saturday Monaco managed to get to the Ligue 1 leading position with 29 points. The Red and Whites may still be leapfrogged by Nice that haven’t played yet, but the very fact that they offer resistance to the top teams, including PSG, deserves respect. To be honest, the sports betting experts didn’t expect Jardim’s side to make such a good start. Apart from the national championship, Monaco also made it through the Champions League qualification. And they keep on pushing it hard. The Monegasque team sit atop the group E with 8 points, although they weren’t considered to be a massive favorite by betting companies.

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It is quite weird that Tottenham, who still remain unbeaten, sit only on the 5th position of the Premier League standings. But along with 6 victories Pochettino’s side made 6 draws that doesn’t allow them to catch up with the leaders. This weekend the Spurs were on the brink of losing to West Ham. The sports betting markets considered the Spurs to be an overdog of this fixture, but in reality they were minutes away from their first defeat. Luckily, Harry Kane saved the day with 2 late goals. As for the Champions League performance, despite sports betting conjectures, Tottenham have some troubles with getting to the knockout stage as they sit now on the third place – 4 points behind the leader.

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While choosing a bet, it wouldn’t be amiss to remind that the first match of these clubs, played in September, ended with an unexpected away team 2:1 win. This time Tottenham have no room for error. The defeat in France together with the Bayer’s win in Moscow will mean that Pochettino’s side is out of the contest for the Champions League knockout stage. The Spurs desperately need to get 3 points and Kane’s return to the full fitness comes in the very nick of time. However, Jardim’s side is extremely dangerous at home. Besides, they haven’t secured top-two position, so they need to get at least one point to feel secure. According to the betting experts, Alderweireld, Lamela and Davis will miss out for Tottenham and Moutinho – for Monaco.

The bookmakers don’t name a clear favorite of this clash, giving a small advantage to the host: Monaco – 2,55, Draw – 3,35, Tottenham – 2,85. The Spurs’ defense is not as infallible as at the start of the season. So preventing Monaco’s attacking players from scoring is easier said than done. The Monegasque team have scored at least one goal in all home matches of this season (in all competitions). So it is recommended to bet on “Total Goals by Home Team over 1” (1,62). In addition, since it is a must-win for the Spurs, they also have to score, that’s why the bet “Both Teams to Score” (1,85) is also worth your attention. However, the Red and Whites have better chances for to win here. They got 8 wins and 2 draws at home this season. The option “Monaco, Draw no Bet” (1,82) can also make it through.

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