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Stuart Dalgleish 13th Sep 2010 - 14:50

Spurs beat the Boys, but here come the Bre-men

Tottenham are playing in their first Champions League group match, where things are sure to get a little bit trickier than their qualifying play-off with Young Boys as they take on Werder Bremen.

In the end for Spurs it looked easy getting past their Swiss opponents, but they sure made hard work of it in the first leg.

The main thing for Tottenham (11/5) though is that they got through, after years of trying they're finally dining at Europe's top table.

Their opening game is tough, but in this competition you have to beat the best if you want to succeed and the likes of Inter Milan and Werder (6/5, the draw is 12/5) will really push Harry Redknapp's team in this group.

The likelihood is, that whoever does better than one another in the games with Bremen and Spurs will qualify for the knockout stage, as Inter are likely to win the group while Twente are surely just here to make up the numbers.

This won't be an easy match for Tottenham, but they've made a similar start to their German counterparts in the league with two wins, a draw and a defeat in their opening four matches, while Bremen have four points from their first three matches.

You could argue that Bremen's draw away at double winners Bayern Munich this weekend was more impressive than Tottenham's draw at newly-promoted West Brom, but the outcome for both performances was the same, one point extra on the board.

Spurs will have been extra disappointed from their weekend, as goal-scorer Luka Modric (16/1 first goal, 6/1 anytime) left the stadium on crutches, the Croatian has travelled to Germany though but I would be surprised if he played for the full 90 minutes.

His injury just adds to Redknapp's problems, with his star striker Defoe out injured, and goalkeeper Gomes missing too, it will be a big ask for Spurs to get anything from the Weserstadion.

The Green-Whites are a really solid outfit in their own back yard, and have scored four goals in each of their last three European games in Bremen, add to this the three that they scored in the qualifying round against Sampdoria, where they almost threw away their advantage from the first leg, and you can be looking at the net bulging a few times on Tuesday night.

Over 2.5 goals is an 8/13 shot, but I'd be tempted to be more adventurous and look at over 3.5 at the more attractive 13/8, the fitness of Claudio Pizarro (5/1 to notch first) is my only concern with that bet though, if he plays then it would certainly help.

Bremen have injuries at the back too, with Per Mertesacker and Naldo both missing the weekend game with Bayern, Sebastian Prodl and Mikael Silvestre played in their absence. German international 'Merte' looks like being out for some time with a broken eye socket, ouch!

I still think that the home team should have too much for the Londoners though, a correct score of 3-1 to Bremen is a cracking price at 14/1, while Torsten Frings is difficult to ignore at 10/1 for the opener and 7/2 to score at anytime, the midfield enforcer has three in five so far this season and will surely get chances on Tuesday.

Rafael van der Vaart will have experience of playing against Bremen from his spell at Hamburg a few seasons ago; the Dutch ace bagged plenty of goals during his time in Germany and also looks a great price at 8/1 for the opener, 11/4 just to pounce at anytime.



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