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7/1 Leo to end goal drought?

Posted on 25 September 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

Spurs look to reach the third round of the Worthington Cup at the expense of Brentford on Tuesday night.

George Graham's men have gone nearly 300 minutes without a goal and will be hopeful of breaking that barren streak against the Bees.

The first leg at Griffin Park ended goalless but when these teams have met in the League Cup in recent years, Spurs have had no problem finding the net.

Worthington Cup
Spurs 1/6
Brentford 12/1
Draw 9/2
Spurs win 2-0 17/2
Spurs win 3-0 7/1
Spurs win 3-1 10/1
Carr first goal 12/1
Vega first goal 20/1
Spurs win Cup 10/1

Tottenham won 3-2 in 1998 and a similar result is a 66/1 chance while in 1993 it was 3-1 to Spurs and a repeat is a 10/1 shot.

Ron Noades' men certainly travel to N17 with nothing to lose and will have taken heart from snatching a 2-2 draw at Notts County on Saturday with a last-minute goal from Scott Partridge.

When Spurs have found the net this season, the goals have pretty much shared around.

Sergei Rebrov and Les Ferdinand who have both scored twice this season are 5/2 and 7/2 respectively to break the deadlock.

While Oyvind Leonhardsen who opened the scoring at Middlesborough is a 7/1 chance and marauding full-back Stephen Carr can be backed at 12s.

Meanwhile, Champions League 9/2 second favourites Manchester United are priced at 10/11 to consolidate their lead at the top of Group G with victory over PSV Eindhoven in Holland.

But 11/4 PSV, with three points from six, might fancy their chances in this one after coming from behind to beat Dynamo Kiev - remember the scare they gave the Red Devils in the Ukraine last week? - in their previous outing at the Philips Stadium.

And a United defence missing Eindhoven old boy Jaap Stam would do well to beware of supersub Theo Lucius, who was on the field for only three minutes before finding the net against the Ukrainians and is a cracking first goalscorer option at 33/1.

PSV v Man Utd
PSV win 11/4
Man Utd win 5/6
Draw 11/5
Specials
Man Utd 2-1 win 7/1
Man Utd 3-1 win 14/1
Beckham first scorer 14/1
PSV/Man Utd ht-ft 25/1

Yet with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (6/1 first scorer) and the hungry Dwight Yorke (6/1) leading the visitors' attack - not to mention a wealth of potential scoring talent elsewhere - Alex Ferguson’s men should have the class to end a run of three 0-0 away draws on the bounce in the Champions League.

A 2-1 away win is the call at 7/1.

Predicting the next twist in Group H is no simple task. Few would have given Besiktas a cat in hell’s chance of taking a point from Barcelona, never mind all three, in the light of Barca’s 4-0 victory over Leeds and the Turks’ 4-1 loss at the hands of AC Milan.

After that 3-0 humbling of the Catalan giants and successive 5-1 and 3-0 wins on the domestic front, Nevio Scala’s men (priced 11/4 to win) travel to Yorkshire brimming with confidence - none more so than 13/2 first scorer offer Ahmet Dursun whose brace embarrassed Frank de Boer, Fernando Aberlardo and co.

Since qualifying for European competition ahead of the 1998-99 season, however, United have gone through two UEFA Cup campaigns and the early stages of this season’s Champions League unbeaten on home turf - an impressive 10 matches in all.

Leeds v Besiktas
Leeds win 8/11
Besiktas win 11/4
Draw 9/4
Specials
Leeds 2-1 win 7/1
Leeds 3-0 win 12/1
Harte first scorer 14/1
Draw/Leeds ht-ft 7/2
And with wins against Milan and 1860 Munich already under their belts this term Leeds are rightly regarded as 8/11 favourites.

They left it late against the Rossoneri and those who see the game taking a similar pattern would be advised to take the 7/2 on the Draw/Leeds half-time/full-time double result plus 9/2 on another 1-0 success, while Lee Bowyer (9/1 first scorer) will be hoping to get another helping hand from the opposition goalkeeper.

Yet in this group of glorious unpredictability what’s the likelihood that, in the best traditions of public transport, after four matches without a stalemate two come along at once?

With the section’s big guns Barcelona (4/5) and Milan (3/1) well-matched on paper - and both likely to be satisfied with a one apiece in the Nou Camp - the 9/1 available on two Group H draws is worth a shout.

A pair of 1-1 scorelines, meanwhile, looks terrific value at 41/1.