Tottenham are in control of their destiny as they board the plane to Marseille to wrap up their Champions League campaign on Tuesday.
Sitting at the top of Group D, a draw will be enough to punch Tottenham’s ticket to the last 16 of the competition, but with things nip and tuck, it’s all up for grabs.
Antonio Conte will be treating this clash as his final, and while he will have been seething about the late drama last week at home to Sporting Lisbon, his side arrested a three-game winless streak with a thrilling 3-2 victory away to Bournemouth over the weekend.
The Italian tactician should have Dejan Kulusevski back, although the midfielder who has been out for six weeks, could make a cameo role from the bench.
In contrast, Marseille have been in a bit of a bad rut. The Stadio Veldorome is perhaps not as daunting a venue as it once was as Marseille have only won one of their past four matches there.
But how will this one pan out? Aside from providing a detailed match preview, we have scoured the markets and pinpointed a couple of tips for you to keep in mind.
Tottenham on the comeback trail
To say Tottenham doesn’t do things the easy way is certainly an understatement. In each of their past three games, Tottenham have been lethargic and slow starts have been a worrying trend.
For a game of this magnitude, Conte will be demanding that his side take the initiative and express themselves. Against Bournemouth, Tottenham lacked fluidity and they had to produce a rousing comeback in the second half to take all three points.
Although Tottenham have never won in six previous trips across the Channel (D4, L2), they could break their duck against Marseille.
This will be a frenetic affair, but let’s not forget that Marseille haven’t beaten an English side in the competition since they edged out Chelsea 2-1 back in December 2010.
Tottenham may have to show their recovery powers once again and I have a hunch they may have to come from behind to seal all three points. If you are leaning towards this outcome, Coral has dished up enticing odds of 11/1.
Rodrigo Bentancur on target again
While we are often left in awe of the likes of Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min, Rodrigo Bentancur has been a pivotal figure.
Bentancur may not be renowned for his goal-scoring prowess, however, he has been among the goals of late, scoring twice in his past two matches in all competitions.
He is showing an ability to take control of games by the scruff of the neck, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him get on the scoresheet. I like the look of the Anytime Goalscorer market and Bentancur is priced at 13/1 in the anytime section with VBet.
* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.