Tottenham vs BSC Young Boys – Champions League Qualification

Tottenham Hotspur takes on Swiss side BSC Young Boys in the UEFA Champions League play-off for a place in the competitions group stage. The game is finely poised after Young Boys won the first leg with 3-2, but will be enough qualify and go on to the illustrious Champions League group stages? Read our full match preview and our predictions for the game tonight between Tottenham Hotspur and BSC Young Boys.

Tottenham Team News

In the first leg against Young Boys , Tottenham started the game dreadfully and found themselves 3-0 down within the first 28 minutes before improving and scoring two vital away goals via defender Sébastien Bassong and forward Roman Pavlyuchenko.

After the game manager Harry Redknapp was displeased with the result and placed a huge burden of blame on BSC Young Boys artificial pitch saying “I left four players out because they weren’t comfortable on the pitch in training yesterday…. I don’t agree with Astroturf and I don’t think Astroturf should be used in a competition like this.”

On Thursday night however he will not be able to use the pitch as an excuse, when he leads Tottenham out onto White Hart Lane for one of the most important games in their history. In addition not only the promised £20 million from the Champions League Group stage is at stake for Tottenham, which manager Harry Redknapp clearly stated in the preview for match, saying “it would be a great honour to get the club into the group stages and the fans would love it. Our pride is at stake and we want to get there.”

Before the match Tottenham have had good news on the injury front, as Roman Pavlyuchenko, Giovanni dos Santos, Robbie Keane and Jermain Defoe all seem to have recovered from knocks and will play a part in the game. However Croatian playmaker Luka Modric is ruled out of the game with a groin strain. Definitely missing the game are long term injured players Jamie O’Hara, David Bentley and Jonathan Woodgate, while new signing Williams Gallas will not be eligible to play in the game, as he has not been registered for this stage of the competition.

BSC Young Boys Team News

BSC Young Boys have not had a great start to their domestic season lying in 7th place, although they are coming into the game with some good form after defeating FC Zurich 1-0 over the weekend.

Vladimir Petkovic, BSC Young Boys Serbian manager, comprehends the difficulty of the task that awaits him going to England; however he appeared in confident mood at the press conference saying; “We know what is coming, .Spurs will go full throttle from the start and try to score the first goal, but we know how to defend and will try to attack ourselves. We are capable of doing that as seen a week ago. It would be a bad idea only to defend the result from the first match.”

BSC Young Boys are definitely able to defend well and play on the counterattack, as they proved by beating Fenerbahçe 1-0 away from home in the previous round after drawing the first game 2-2.

Petkovic has a fully fit team to select from with the exception of defensive duo Emiliano Dudar and Hassan Lingani.

Our Match Prediction

Although we do believe that Tottenham will win the game, we do not believe that you will be able to find value in the straight win, as the odds are too small. In addition BSC Young Boys will likely score a goal in the game, as they are good on the counterattack. It will be a tough game for Tottenham, as Young Boys are a disciplined side and appear tricky to break down, however we maintain that Tottenham will win the game and qualify to the next round of the Champions League.

Our Betting Tip

We believe that Tottenham will win and qualify, however we fancy Young Boys to get a goal so we tip Tottenham to win 2-1. Players looking to bet on the game can currently get odds 1.20 for Tottenham to win at Ladbrokes Sports.

If you are looking for more value, we recommend betting on the correct score, and our prediction will be a 2-1 win for Tottenham at odds 9 from Ladbrokes Sports.

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