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Thursday, 23 October 2008

Should Tottenham start Group D as favourites?

An early kick-off for Spurs in Udine with the London side priced as favourites for the group despite the most desultory start to the season in the club's history.  The reason for the favouritism is easy to judge, Spurs always attract a lot of money and English clubs are generally marked a bit higher.  The balance of the fixtures also suggest that Spurs should qualify for the knock-out stages - but form doesn't suggest that they will win the group.

With Udinese currently second in Serie A and meeting Spurs in as much good form as Tottenham has bad the expectation has to be that Udinese will prevail; add to this that Udinese should win in Nijmegan and at home to Zagreb - only the trip to Moscow is particularly difficult.

Before the group starts Udinese look good value at 2/1 to win the group

Group Odds (William Hill)
13/8 Tottenham 
2/1 Udinese
3/1 Spartak Moscow 
9/1 Dinamo Zagreb 
10/1 N E C Nijmegen

UEFA Rankings (provisional)
29 Tottenham Hotspur
62 Spartak Moscow
66 Udinese
122 Dinamo Zagreb
130 NEC Nijmegen




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