Tottenham host Fiorentina at White Hart Line in an attempt to beat the odds and secure a substantial advantage for the qualification. Both teams are in contention for next year’s European football, and while Tottenham are on the 6th place, two points away from Europea League, Fiorentina are on the 4th place, which is a guaranteed Europa League place.
The hosts have no missing players, but they will have a busy schedule ahead of them seeing as the return leg of the Fiorentina match comes just several days prior to the League Cup final against Chelsea. Tottenham failed to win the group, and allowed Besiktas the honor of emerging as group winners. In Premier League, Spurs have won against Arsenal, but ended up losing against Liverpool, which of course does not take away from their status as potential competition winners. Harry Kane and Eriksen are the players to build a match around, since everything they do almost always ends in great goals.
Fiorentina won their away games in the group stage, which means that even if the hosts will want something more than a draw then they should very well be able to work around the Fiorentina players with good Premier League football knowledge. Rossi and Bernardeschi did not make the squad due to injuries, and the goals could either come from Mario Gomez, Babacar or Fiorentina’s newest signing Mohamed Salah, brought in to take Cuadrado’s place. The last away match Fiorentina lost was against Parma, and that was because of a one minute lapse in concentration. Viola’s latest result is a 3-1 win over Sassuolo, which marked their 8th match without any loss.
Spurs play better at home, but Fiorentina have players in their lineup that could decide a match and even come from behind to end up winning. Titan Bet offers 2.10 odds for a Tottenham win, 3.55 for Fiorentina and 1.85 for over 2.5 goals. A draw has 3.45 odds, Tottenham for both halves 3.35 and Fiorentina 6.00. We are going to bet 5 units on Tottenham to win and over 2.5 goals per match with odds from Titan Bet. A Spurs clean sheet has 2.85 odds, a Fiorentina one 4.00 and Tottenham to score last ha 1.76 odds. Harry Kane has 2.25 odds to score, Soldado and Adebayor both have 2.85 while Eriksen has 3.20. For Fiorentina Mario Gomez has the best odds to score, 2.55, Gilardino and Babacar have 3.35 and Joaquin has 5.75 odds as an anytime goalscorer.
Tottenham: Team’s Formation
Fiorentina: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Tottenham to win and over 2.5 goals
Middlesbrough are chasing the first place in the Championship after Bournemouth recorded only a draw in the match against Huddersfield. Now they will travel to Birmingham to finally top the table and put some distance between them and the other Premier League hopefuls.
Middlesbrough exited the FA Cup after a 0-2 loss against Arsenal which prompted Aitor Karanka to state that despite his team not showing the same drive from the match against Manchester City, they took in the respect the Gunners had for them as they fielded the best starting eleven they had instead of playing with the reserves. Middlesbrough are also on an unbeaten run of eight matches in the Championship, and can’t afford any missteps as Derby County are just one point behind them. Konstantopoulos might return in goal after Mejias was deemed “not a cup goalkeeper”, but the rest of the team should be the same as against Arsenal.
Birmingham have a tendency of scoring goals from direct free kicks and their last 5 matches played at home against Boro have seen over 2.5 goals. The hosts are currently on the 13th place in the Championship with 38 points, and are unable to win in 6 matches. However, in those winless matches they only managed to concede 5 goals, including their latest unexpected loss against relegation threatened Millwall. Morrison, Gunning and Green are all on course to full fitness after different ligament injuries and Rob Kieran could make his debut for Birmingham after coming on loan from Wigan Athletic.
Boro’s hero from the clash with Manchester City Lee Tomlin is confident in his team’s abilities to make it to Premier League, and the bookies have him and Leadbitter with 2.87 as anytime goalscorers. Birmingham has 3.80 odds to win, Middlesbrough 2.10 which is the exact betting market we’re going to bet on with 7 units. Last time the two teams met, Boro won with 2-0, and another win like that has 9.50 odds with William Hill. Both teams to score has 1.95 odds, over 2.5 goals 2.20, Boro to lead after 60 minutes 2.37, Birmingham 3.80 and an own goal has 9.00 odds with William Hill.
Birmingham: Team’s Formation
Middlesbrough: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Middlesbrough to win outright
Result: -7 units, bet lost
Result: +9,10 units, bet won