Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Champions League Picks: Inter Milan vs Tottenham Hotspur

This match sees the joint leaders of Group A go head to head for the first time in a competitive match, but will it be the reigning Champions League champions or the Champions League first timers that claim all three points? Online sportsbooks have Inter as the favourite at odds of 1.70, with Spurs available at 5.00 and the draw can be backed at 3.75. Check out for more Football betting odds

Inter Milan have been impressive at home this season winning three and drawing one of their four home matches in Serie A and Champions League. They have conceded just one goal – against Udinese at the start of September – and scored ten times. Of those ten goals eight came as they recorded two 4-0 victories against Bari in the league and Werder Bremen in the Champions League. They have not been as impressive away from the San Siro, but at home they are a force to be reckoned with. Can they continue unbeaten at home against Spurs?

Spurs have had an up and down season so far, but they are level with Inter in the Champions League and they sit fifth in the Premier League, level on points with Manchester United. They have been in good form recently, winning their last three matches but will they be able to continue in that form in this match? That three match winning run saw them beat FC Twente 4-1 at White Hart Lane and saw their newest signing Rafael Van der Vaart, a man who has been pulling all the strings for Harry Redknapp’s side, sent off and he will miss this match against Inter. Will he be missed?

As he has been the most creative and attacking player in the Spurs team over recent weeks, I feel that Spurs will struggle in this match without him. They will most likely play a less attacking team than they would with Van der Vaart in the starting eleven, but Spurs will still be dangerous on the counter attack. Inter are missing Diego Milito up front, but Samuel Eto’o will start and will hope to find space to score against a makeshift Spurs defence, which has been hit by injuries. How will the game go? I see a strategic match with few goals and with the home side taking all three points.

My money is on the home win at 1.70 and there to be less than 2.5 goals at odds of 2.10.

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