Fiorentina V Tottenham Hotspur – Stadio Artemio Franchi at 18:00 live on BT Sport 2
This is a huge week for Tottenham’s season with the Capital One Cup Final coming just 3 days after this Europa League 2nd leg match in Florence, where they will try to overcome the disappointing 1-1 draw from the first leg at White Hart Lane.
Spurs looked the better side when Fiorentina visited North London last week but they were unable to capitalise and paid the price when the Viola snatched, what could be a vital away goal on the night. That 1-1 result might not have been welcomed by Spurs fans but shrewd Asian Handicap punters were profiting from the +0.25 line on the Italians.
Fiorentina are currently unbeaten in their last 10 games and with only 3 defeats at home in 16 matches, they should be confident of getting something against the Premier League side on Thursday night.
Tottenham’s current form leaves a lot to be desired having won just 6 of their last 14 games and no win in their last three. Perhaps more worryingly is that away from home they have struggled, especially against the better sides and with just 3 clean sheets on the road all season they will need to score at least 2 to win the tie.
Although Fiorentina also have a big match coming up at the weekend, they won’t be playing for a trophy and obviously don’t have to travel until Sunday for their next match which is away at Inter in Serie A.
The Asian Handicap line of 0.5 is a little awkward to deal with here, but given that a draw is very real possibility it would make sense to keep the Premier League team on our side. They are certainly good enough to claim a draw which would see our recommendation return a tidy profit.
Asian Handicap Recommendation: Tottenham Hotspur +0.5 at 1.89
Everton v BSC Young Boys – Goodison Park at 20:055 live on ITV 1
Everton continued their impressive Europa league form last week with a 4-1 demolition of Young Boys in Switzerland. The Swiss side hadn’t lost at home in Europe this season and were thought to be a tough test for the English side. That didn’t prove to be the case as the Merseysider’s and Lukaku were in scintillating form.
Everton still aren’t consistent though and showed that on Sunday, as they struggled at home against bottom of the league Leicester, snatching a late draw. Lukaku was a different play to what we saw in Switzerland and Everton fans will hope he shrugs off Sunday’s match where he missed a host of chances.
The Toffee’s Asian Handicap line at home to Leicester was the same as tonight, -0.75, and I don’t see them covering it against Young Boys. Everton’s 4 away goals and a 3 goal lead mean Young Boys need to score at least 4 to stand any chance of qualifying. Everton don’t need to push and Martinez can afford to name a mixture of first team and back up players.
Young Boys bounced back from last week’s defeat with a 4-2 win over league leaders Basel who are well within reach of a UCL quarter final. This shows Bern are no pushovers and last Thursday’s loss was out of character.
I believe Young Boys have been underestimated for this evening, with a huge price of 5.5 to win, it makes them big value on the Asian Handicap market.
I also think there is value in BTTS @ 1.91 and Over 2.5 goals also 1.91. The Swiss side need to attack and are more than capable of scoring. Their last 3 matches have produced 17 goals and tonight’s match should be very open and entertaining.
Asian Handicap Recommendation: Young Boys +0.75 @ 2.02
Price correct at the time of writing.
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