Soccer Picks: Anzhi Makhachkala vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Richard O'Hagan

Sunday, September 29, 2013 4:49 PM UTC

Sunday, Sep. 29, 2013 4:49 PM UTC

Tottenham take a trip to Dagestan to play one of the tournament outsiders. Can they overcome the long trip, or will the hosts overcome the odds?

Spurs had a good start to their campaign in Group K of the Europa League, a comfortable 3-0 home win over Tromso being just the opening fixture they needed to get back into the swing of European competition. Anzhi, meanwhile, made a trip to Moldova and played out a 0-0 draw with the fourth team in the group, unheralded Sherrif Tiraspol.

The journey out to Dagestan is a long one and one which no team from Western Europe would relish making midweek. However, Spurs have already done the long journey to the east once this season and thrashed Dinamo Tblisi 5-0 when they did so. Whilst they would rather not make this trip between London derbies against Chelsea and West Ham, it will make them all the more determined to come back with something.

Anzhi, meanwhile, come into this tournament on the back of a torrid couple of months which have seen many of their best players sold as the club’s owners desperately try to cut costs. One way to start balancing the books, though, would be a good run in this competition and they will be mindful of how Spurs fared in that game in Tblisi. Expect this to be far less of an open, attacking spectacle and more about the home side hanging on to avoid defeat.

With that in mind, the best soccer pick here looks to be the 15/4 that William Hill are offering on a draw at half time, followed by a Tottenham victory. That victory alone will only get you a best price of 57/100 at Bet365, which is why it makes sense to play an alternative soccer odds market here.

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