Spurs face a tricky trip to Moscow on Tuesday where goals look on the cards.
CSKA Moscow v Spurs - Tuesday, 19:45 BT Sport Europe
After a bitterly disappointing result in their Champions League opener at Wembley, Spurs make the trip east to Moscow where they can expect another tough encounter and following clashes between English and Russian fans during the summer probably not a particularly warm welcome. CSKA drew 2-2 at Leverkusen in their opener and, like Spurs, sit second in their domestic league. However, Spurs have enjoyed the better results in the past couple of weeks, with the Londoners winning three in a row compared to a W1-D1-L1 record for the Muscovites.
CSKA’s recent European adventures suggest they could be there for the taking. Since 2013/14 they’ve gone just W5-D5-L13 and have failed to keep a single clean sheet as 17 of the games had at least three goals. Even at home they’ve lost more than they’ve won in this time (W3-D4-L4). Furthermore, the record of English clubs in Russia has improved in recent years and since 2013/14 they’ve gone W3-D3-L1 with the sole defeat being for Wigan. The decline of Russia’s national team in the past couple of years was evident over the summer and one of the national team’s stars that was absent in France, Alan Dzagoev, is also a major doubt here.
Spurs have played 21 games in Europe under Pochettino and 12 have had at least three goals. Their away record has been pretty patchy in these matches so it’s the ‘overs’ that we prefer and Over 2.5 Goals is an attractive price. However, they’ve travelled well in the league this season and we like the longer price on an away win with both teams scoring as they look to make up for opening loss.