As we all expected following yesterday’s humilating 5-0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur have parted company with Andre Villas-Boas. I’m personally very disappointed that things have come to this but results at White Hart Lane have just not been good enough. Suitable replacements are already being suggested and bet365 have come up with a market on the next Tottenham manager, with some very interesting contenders.
Fabio Capello is already being backed to replace Andre Villas-Boas at White Hart Lane. bet365 spokesman Steve Freeth “Time will tell whether punters are putting two and two together and getting five at the sight of Capello at White Hart Lane on Sunday, but he’s proving very popular in the early stages of the race to replace AVB.”
Next Permanent Spurs Manager
Fabio Capello 6/4
Michael Laudrup 5/1
Guus Hiddink 7/1
Tim Sherwood 8/1
Frank De Boer 10/1
Glenn Hoddle 12/1
Roberto Mancini 14/1
Luis Enrique 14/1
Roberto Di Matteo 16/1
Jurgen Klinsmann 16/1
Jurgen Klopp 16/1
Mauricio Pochettino 16/1
Ole G’ Solskjaer 20/1
Jupp Heynckes 25/1
Others on request
I personally hate the idea of Capello at the helm, but he’d be the most obvious choice with the current set up at the club. Michael Laudrup or Guus Hiddink would be my preferred choices, with the pair on offer at odds of 5/1 and 7/1 respectively.
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Tottenham make the relatively short journey to Craven Cottage on Wednesday evening to face a Fulham side in serious trouble as they currently sit just three points off the bottom of the Premier League table. The Fulham hierarchy took the decision to part company with manager Martin Jol following the club’s 3-0 defeat at the hands of West Ham this past Saturday. Having already brought former Manchester United assistant Rene Meulensteen to the club, they had a ready-made replacement and will be hoping this talented coach can have an immediate impact.
Many sportsbooks like Bovada make the away side the favourites for this encounter, with Spurs on offer at a best price of 8/11. Fulham are on offer at as big as 5/1 in places which will definitely appeal to bet on sports in general punters, while the draw can be backed at 29/10. While the league table tells you that Tottenham are the worthy favourites for all three points, the Fulham squad are likely to be buoyed by the change in leadership and could well put up an improved display here. That being said, Spurs’ record on the road is quite impressive bar the 6-0 thumping at the hands of Manchester City and their defence could well be able to contain the Fulham front line.
Former Tottenham hero Dimitar Berbatov will still be missing for Fulham so another former Tottenham man Darren Bent looks set to continue up front. It will be interesting to see how many changes Rene Meulensteen makes from the side Martin Jol was regularly putting out. Tottenham are still without Danny Rose and Christian Eriksen but will still be able to field a strong looking side. Both Andros Townsend and Gylfi Sigurdsson will be pushing for starting berths having missed out at the weekend.
I don’t think this will be easy by any stretch of the imagination, but I fancy Spurs to get all three points, with 1-0 my favoured score line.
Following two very disappointing Premier League defeats in succession, Tottenham were able to put up a much improved display against on Sunday against Manchester United. Although the away side bossed possession, Spurs took the lead twice and were arguably unlucky not to have taken all three points in front of a spirited White Hart Lane crowd. Andre Villas-Boas men created plenty and looked a much more potent attacking force than they have done in previous home fixtures this season. Kyle Walker gave Spurs the lead on 18 minutes before Wayne Rooney levelled for the visitors before half time. A sublime strike from Sandro gave us all hope that the match would end in a famous victory for Spurs but unfortunately, some clever play from Danny Wellbeck earned Utd a penalty, which Rooney was able to put away.
Andre Villas-Boas had some harsh words for the press after the game and I personally felt he came across quite well. Ideally, I’d like the fans to be more patient but that just isn’t within the mentality of the modern football fan. Admittedly, home defeats against West Ham and Newcastle are not good enough but I think Villas-Boas deserves a lot more time with this new squad of players. The City result can be forgiven because they are almost unplayable at the Etihad but I will admit I was a little disheartened by the attitude of some of the players there. This was not the case against Manchester United however and if we can take that spirit and commitment into the remainder of the month, things could look a whole lot healthier.
We have a very winnable run of games, starting with Fulham tomorrow night. This might not be the best time to play them with teams often performing better in a first match under a new coach, but I’d still very much fancy our chances the way Fulham have been playing in recent weeks. Away at Sunderland won’t be easy on Saturday but four of the remaining five fixtures after that in December will be at home and Spurs can take advantage of that fact. Tottenham’s odds for a top four finish have drifted since the start of the campaign but just like Super Bowl 2014 prop bets, that can all change again quite quickly.
I still believe that the players will improve and gel as the season progresses. What people tend to forget is the strength in depth that Andre Villas-Boas has at his disposal. Teams like Liverpool, Everton and Newcastle don’t have the same luxury and that fact will tell by May. With a League Cup quarter final on the horizon and having reached the last 32 of the Europa League, a bet on Tottenham to win a trophy this season could prove as profitable as a gamble on the Superbowl this year.