Fiorentina (+375) at Tottenham (-117), Draw (+260)
The second leg of Tottenham’s Europa League Round of 32 series with Fiorentina kicks off today at White Hart Lane in London (3:05 PM Eastern).
The 1-1 result in the first leg leaves everything to play for in game two. Tottenham’s away goal means a 0-0 draw would be enough to see Spurs onto the next round. Fiorentina will need to find the net at least once to move on. A 1-1 draw would send the series to extra time. A higher scoring tie would see the Italians move on.
Now playing at home, Tottenham will likely employ a different style in game two, opting for a more aggressive approach than they showed a week ago.
“You have to take the game with energy and try to score and win the game from the beginning, not play in your head with the result. It is important for us to feel free and try to win the game – that is the way to approach it”, said manager Mauricio Pochettino to the Tottenham Journal.
Expect Fiorentina, on the other hand, to do what countless other Italians clubs before them have done: defend their goal first and try to catch the opponent off balance on the counterattack.
Fiore are 2-1-2 all time against EPL teams on English soil. Tottenham haven’t been any better against Serie A teams, on the whole (4-6-4). However, they are unbeaten against Italians teams at White Hart Lane (3-3-0).
Last season, these two clubs met in the quarterfinals, and the Italians took the series 3-1 on aggregate. This one is shaping up much differently, though, thanks to the 1-1 draw in game one. Tottenham have shown quality all season, and unlike other seasons, they’re showing they can beat good teams on the big stage. Grab the home team to win by a goal and get a spot in the Round of 16.
Pick: Spurs (-117).
(Photo credit: Jon Candy from Cardiff, Wales (DSC04636 Uploaded by Dudek1337) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons. Photo has been cropped.)
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