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Home comfort will see Spurs overturn Europa League Dnipro deficit

| 27.02.2014

Spurs have scored in every single home game under Tim Sherwood. Couple that stat with the fact the head coach has pledged to field a stronger XI than the one that played in Ukraine, and Dnipro’s Europa League lead looks slender.

Coral make Tottenham, who are 10/1 to go all the way, odds-on at 4/6 to win this last 32 second leg, and even-money to advance to the next round. Dnipro, meanwhile, are 9/2 outsiders for victory in 90 minutes and 5/6 to progress. It’s 11/4 on a draw.

Injury means Jermain Defoe has played his last game for the hosts, so the goal-burden officially passes to Emmanuel Adebayor as Roberto Soldado continues to struggle. Spanish striker Soldado is Spurs’ leading marksman in Europe, however, with five.

Should punters be willing to overlook his glaring miss in the first leg, then take odds of 4/1 on Soldado opening the scoring. Togo frontman Adebayor, who Sherwood rested in Dnipro, is 7/2 to net first.

Goals could also come from the supporting cast. Dane Christian Eriksen, who will line up against England on March 5th on international duty, has scored twice in his last five White Hart Lane appearances. Back him at 7/4 to be on target anytime here.

Dnipro do not travel to Premier League teams well. Fulham and Middlesbrough knocked them out en route to making the final of this competition. Here, a penalty kick converted by Yevhen Konoplyanka – a player Liverpool came close to signing in January – is the only difference between his team and Tottenham.

You can back Konoplyanka at 11/4 to score anytime, but Spurs have kept three clean sheets in their last four home matches. Odds of 11/8 on Sherwood’s side shutting Dnipro out are certainly worth considering then.

Tottenham are also a tempting 2/1 to win to nil as they did against Everton, Crystal Palace and Stoke City. Etienne Capoue picked up a knee injury in their last outing at Norwich City, however, and – like left back Danny Rose – will miss out.

Those absences will be covered by the return of Sandro and Kyle Walker to Sherwood’s squad. Kyle Naughton or Jan Vertonghen may deputise at left back.

Dnipro’s pitch was labelled a “disgrace” by Sherwood in the wake of the first leg defeat. His players can get the ball down on home, however, so back Spurs to recover and advance with a 2-0 win at 7/1.

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Jamie Clark

Athletics aficionado, die-hard snooker fan and Crystal Palace supporter Jamie has written for Coral since February 2014 after spells with Soccerlens and the Press Association as a digital journalist and copywriter. A former East Midlands sports correspondent and Bwin tipster, he is a graduate of both the University of York and University of Sheffield, with a Masters in web journalism from the latter.