Soccer Picks: Basel vs. Tottenham

Michael Alexander

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 5:53 PM UTC

Wednesday, Apr. 10, 2013 5:53 PM UTC

It's all or nothing for Spurs in Europa League. Which means excitement with a capital X, but also plenty of chances to win money from sports books if you follow the tips of yours truely when Spurs take on Basel on Thursday night.

The wheels are in real danger of coming off in the Premier League for Spurs as, although they are fourth and two points ahead of Arsenal, they have played a game more than their North London rivals, and as they have the Europa League to contend with and are winless in their last two games the fated Champions League finish in the league might prove too much with them. In fact it's worth noting that the bookies have Spurs finish in the top four at 11/8 on the soccer odds boards.

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Spurs are given themselves quite a task ahead of them match with Basel as they could only manage a 2-2 draw at home in their first leg. Interesting to note that means Spurs have scored two goals in their past three games and have drawn their last two by the same score. A repeat of that 2-2 is available at 12/1 and would be a thrilling result which would see extra time and possibly penalties.

If this game ends tied, something that only that 2-2 scoreline will result in I'd be very tempted to bet against Tottenham as they have not scored from the penalty spot in the Premier League all season. Therefore, if you fancied that 2-2 back Basel to progress at 4/7.

Spurs progressing is at 7/5 and it’s a good time to mention that Tottenham winning the Europa league is available at 5/1 while their opponents winning the cup is that 14/1

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Spurs On a Roll.

Spurs have only lost once in 11 league games in the Europa League something that runs all the way back to last season's Europa league group stages, therefore it's a fair bet to bet on Spurs to draw this game something which is offered up at 13/5.

If you want to use league status as a guide to who will win this game you should know that Basel are their reigning domestic champions but they have played more European matches this term than any other team, that's 17 as they began their continental campaign the qualifying round of the Champions League.

The biggest factor, might be the fact that Spurs are missing Gareth Bale who was so instrumental in scoring goals for Tottenham this season. However I think the occasion will be greater than any one player and Spurs will still get something from this game.

Oh and Jermaine Defoe is still probably week away from returning from his groin injury possibly because I said some mean things about Spurs ahead of the game against Everton, which almost came to fruition and I have a soft spot for Spurs I'm going to put a very optimistic bet on the London club winning this game and progressing to the next round.

Free Soccer Picks: Spurs win 2-1 available at 9/1 with Bet 365.

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