Tottenham wave goodbye to the Champions League tonight against CSKA Moscow, knowing they need to win to guarantee themselves a spot in the Europa League.
UEFA’s sister competition is dividing fans, but it was the club’s greatest manager Bill Nicholson who said:
“A club like Tottenham Hotspur – if we’re not in Europe, we’re nothing”.
Mauricio Pochettino will also be keen for another crack at playing at Wembley, as his players need to get used to it before making it their league home next season.
Despite their poor form in Europe, Spurs are massive favourites.
Toby Alderweireld should be back in defence, but the main question is who’s going to get the goals for the Lilywhites.
Harry Kane to score first and Spurs to win by 3+ goals is at 11/1, but however bad Moscow are, that’s probably still a bit farfetched as the north Londoners haven’t exactly been free-scoring this season.
Better value can be found in Heung Min-Son to score first 5/1, or for him to score first and Tottenham to win 2-0, which is at 28/1. The South Korean will be full of confidence after his screamer against Swansea City.
If you’re going for the safe option with Kane to score, then that’s at 7/1 as part of a treble – Kane to score, Tottenham to win, over 2.5 goals, and 4+ corners each team.
Pochettino will be urging his side to take the game seriously regardless of a trip to Manchester United on Sunday, as this is the last chance to actually win a Champions League game in front of their home fans before they bow out – and as they sit outside the top four at the moment, it’s not certain when they’ll be back.