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Rupert Wyman 16th Aug 2010 - 12:17

Young Boys could provide stiff test for Spurs

Tottenham travel to Stade de Suisse in Bern on Tuesday to take on Young Boys for the first leg of a Champions League tie that could be worth up to £30 million to the winner.

Spurs (8/11) will be looking to take a comfortable lead back to White Hart Lane in eight days time and avoid a nervy second leg.

Young Boys no doubt had one eye on this game when they went down to a surprise home defeat to Xamax in the Swiss Super League on Saturday. They have however struggled in the league this term with just five points from five league games and are yet to keep a clean sheet.

This is sure to give encouragement to the Spurs Strikers. They will be looking for vital away goals and over 2.5 total Match goals (10/11) looks an enticing bet given the attacking options they have available in Keane, Crouch, Defoe and co.

Whilst the Young Boys league form has been patchy they should raise their game for this encounter, with Henri Bienvenu likely to cause the main threat to the Spurs defence - he's 13/2 for the first goal.

He scored the winner when they came through their earlier round qualifier against Fenerbache. Spurs will be hoping they can avoid similar embarrassment.

Whilst Spurs look almost certain to qualify (1/6) over the two legs they may not have it all their own way in the first leg and a draw (13/5) would be no disaster for the London side with the second leg to come.

Harry Redknapp's men looked in good form on Saturday. They looked strong contenders for the top positions once again with the likes of Gareth Bale and Luca Modric hitting the form that propelled them into the champions league places last term.

A fantastic first half performance had everything but a goal, mainly due to the fine form of England number one Joe Hart.

He denied Jermain Defoe from registering his first goal of the season but the England striker will be looking to open his account in this game - he's 4/5 to score anytime. Peter Crouch is 6/4 to put his recent troubles behind him by scoring on the pitch.

Redknapp admitted after that match that he is in the market for 'one or two' more players and a good showing here could help him persuade his targets with the lure of Champions League Football.

Whilst I think Spurs could well shade this tie I think the best bets are for a high scoring game with a 2-2 draw is good value at 16/1 and also over 3.5 goals at 12/5.

Spurs fans who fancy their team to take a comfortable lead back to the Lane can back their team (-1) at 2/1 and the Spurs/Spurs double result at 15/8.



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