Spurs in tough Europa League test with Serie A top four team Viola
Champions League chasers Tottenham and Fiorentina, who are sixth and fourth in the English and Italian top-flights respectively, meet for the first time in their history in this Europa League last 32 tie at White Hart Lane.
Both teams are in good form going into this match, but it is the hosts Spurs who are 23/20 favourites with Coral for victory in this first leg.
They can call on super striker Harry Kane, who simply can’t stop scoring, as he has 11 in his last 10 Premier League games. The 21-year-old has also been equally as prolific in Europe, getting seven Europa League goals in six starts (five of those strikes being in the group stage).
Kane has showed vast maturity beyond his years this season, netting against top teams and at crucial times too, so he he can be backed at even-money to score against anytime, and 5/1 for two or more.
He is also the subject of a Coral matchday special wincast, with enhanced odds of 5/2 for Kane to get a goal and Tottenham to beat Fiorentina (maximum stake of £20).
But Mauricio Pochettino will need to be wary of his opponents, as many of them know the English style will, no more than Manchester City loanee Micah Richards, who is hoping top feature.
The defender may not have had as much game-time as he’d hoped out in Italy, but did play the full 90 minutes in Viola’s last Serie A fixture, and has been a regular in the Europa League for them under Vincenzo Montella. You can back Richards at 12/1 to net anytime.
Other former Premier League players in Fiorentina’s squad for this match include Marcos Alonso, Alberto Aquilani (5/1 in the anytime market), Alessandro Diamanti, David Pizarro (8/1), Chelsea loanee Mohamed Salah (5/1), Stefan Savic and Borja Valero (5/1). Viola will be without Giuseppe Rossi and Alessandro Diamanti, though.
Fiorentina happen to have a very good record against English clubs, having won five of their last eight with them, and have also triumphed in seven of their previous nine away Europa League games.
Their last visit to London was at Wembley in 1999/00 when they beat Spurs rivals’ 1-0 in the Champions League. Vincenzo Montella’s men are 5/2 for victory, therefore, and 11/2 by that scoreline once more. A draw, meanwhile, is 12/5.