Tottenham v Anzhi Makhachkala Odds : Spurs set for convincing Europa League win

Tottenham will rest a number of key players when they take on Anzhi Makhachkala in the Europa League tonight.

Andre Villas-Boas’ side, one of the favourites for the competition, are already through to the knockout stages of the competitions as group winners after winning all five of their games to date.

The Londoners won the reverse game in Russia 2-0 thanks to goals from Jermaine Defoe and Nacer Chadli and they will head into the game in good spirits after two strong, if somewhat narrow, away wins over Fulham and Sunderland.



Latest Odds : Tottenham 2/9, draw 13/2, Anzhi 16/1
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The wins have moved the club up to sixth in the table, three points off second place.

With the busy Christmas period looming, Villas-Boas is likely to make some changes to his line up especially as his side face a top of the table clash against Liverpool on Sunday.

Out of sorts Roberto Soldado could get the chance impress. The Spanish striker has struggled for goals this season registering just four leagues, three of which were penalties, so far this season.

The former Valencia man has lost his place to Defoe in recent weeks and will hope to re-discover that form saw Spurs shell out £26 million during the summer.

Defoe is the club’s all-time top scorer in Europe however and with 7 goals already this season in the Europa League Villa-Boas may tempted to stick with the former West Ham man up front.

Erik Lamela should also feature while Andros Townsend and Gylfi Sigurdsson will also hope for starts after playing the final minutes of the 2-1 win over Sunderland. Brad Friedel and defender Zeki Fryers will also hope to play.

Anzhi meanwhile are currently bottom of the Russian Premier League and amazingly have yet to win a match this season, drawing 8 and losing 11 of their 19 games so far.

Scoring goals have proved a real problem area for Gadzhi Gadzhiyev and his side. They have managed just 12 goals this season and failed to find the net in seven of their games.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.