Tottenham Hotspur Betting
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In 1882, the Hotspur Football Club was formed by boys from the bible class at All Hallows Church. They were also members of Hotspur Cricket Club and it is thought that the name Hotspur was associated with Sir Henry Percy who was “Harry Hotspur” of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, part 1, and who lived locally during the 14th century. In 1899 Spurs moved their ground to a former market garden in nearby High Road, Tottenham. In time the ground became known as White Hart Lane, a local thoroughfare.
The Premier League
In 1990, Terry Venables joined forces with Alan Sugar to take over Tottenham Hotspur PLC and pay off its £20 million debt. Tottenham’s first Premiership season ended with a mid-table finish and Venables was removed from the club’s board. Ossie Ardiles became the next manager in 1993.Ardiles made some expensive signings, but these made little difference and he was sacked in September 1994. Ardiles was replaced by Gerry Francis, Who initially turned around the club’s fortunes. Tottenham climbed to seventh in the league, reaching the FA Cup semi-finals, but Francis was unable to take the club further forward.
In November 1997, with Spurs in relegation danger, Christian Gross, was appointed. Disappointing league finishes in 1999-00 and in 2000-01 resulted in Alan Sugar selling his controlling interest in the club. Management passed to Glenn Hoddle in April 2001 with the team lying thirteenth in the table. Season 2001-02 saw Spurs finish in ninth place, as well as reaching the League Cup final, where they lost to Blackburn Rovers. 2002-03 started well, with Tottenham in the top six as late as early February. However, with just seven points in the final 10 games, the club finished in tenth place. In May 2004, Tottenham signed French team manager Jacques Santini as head coach, with Martin Jol as his assistant. Santini quit the club after just 13 games to be replaced by Jol. In the 2005-06 campaign, his first full season, he almost managed to secure a Champions League place. Spurs missed out on the final day of the season, and finished in 5th place, securing a UEFA Cup place.
The 2006-07 improvement in Spurs’ away form, good home performances and an excellent late season lifted Spurs into fifth position in the final table and therefore into the UEFA Cup for the second year running. In the UEFA Cup, Tottenham progressed to the quarter-finals, where they faced the cup holders and eventual winners Sevilla and were eliminated from the competition 4-3 on aggregate. In October 2007, Spaniard Juande Ramos signed a contract to become head coach until 2010-2011.
Opportunities to Bet on Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham has won two League titles in its history. However, given that the latest was in the 1960-61 season, with the other ten years previously, such statistics are irrelevant to current betting on Tottenham. Spurs fans will argue that Tottenham are on the verge of breaking into the top 4 teams in the Premiership. However, recent finishes of 11th, 5th, 5th, 9th, 14th, 10th and 9th do little to back up this argument. Tottenham betting odds generally have them as about 5th favourite for the Premiership. However, a top-5 or top-6 finish and actually winning the title are poles apart. Betting on Tottenham to be Premier League Champions appears, to put in mildly, somewhat misguided.
Tottenham are a very “hit and miss” side in the Premiership, showing little consistency. Bookmakers invariably offer Tottenham betting odds which are way too short. The value for punters betting on Tottenham matches often lies with opposing them, especially away from White Hart Lane, when they are particularly poor.
Domestic Cup Competitions
Spurs has been successful in 8 FA Cups, but never in the Premiership era. Their wins came in 1991, 1982, 1981, 1967, 1962, 1961 1921 and 1901. The 1901 win was the first by a non-League club since the formation of the Football League. Despite a lack of recent success, Tottenham odds have them just behind the “Big 4” in the FA Cup market, which seems too short.
Tottenham has been successful in the League Cup 4 times in their history, it being the only silverware they have won in the Premiership era. In 1998-99, they beat Leicester City 1-0 at the old Wembley stadium. Spurs won their first silverware for 9 years with a 2-1 victory over Chelsea in the Carling Cup Final in February 2008. Didier Drogba scored the opener for Chelsea. Dimitar Berbatov scored the equaliser from via a penalty after Wayne Bridge handled and Jonathan Woodgate headed the winner in extra-time to seal the win ensuring Spurs a place in the UEFA Cup for the third consecutive season. Cup success is Spurs’ most likely route into European competition, so a bet on Tottenham for the League Cup is definitely worth consideration, dependent on the Tottenham betting odds on offer.
FA Community Shield
Spurs has won 7 Community Shields, coinciding with all but one (1981) of their FA Cup successes. These statistics suggest that a bet on Tottenham for the Community Shield is merited, should they be successful in the FA Cup. However, Spurs’ last FA Cup win was in 1991, with a very different side, so Tottenham betting odds should be weighed up carefully when contemplating betting on Tottenham.
Tottenham won the inaugural UEFA Cup in 1972, beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-2 on aggregate. They repeated the feat in 1984, beating Anderlecht 4-3 on penalties. Spurs have qualified for the UEFA Cup in the 2007-08, 2006-07 and 2005-06 seasons, their best result being a quarter-final loss to Sevilla in 2007. For some reason, the bookmakers appear to hold Spurs in high regard, presumably based on reputation. As a result, the Tottenham odds are often shorter than expected, offering little value for punters.
UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup
Spurs won the 1963 Cup Winners’ Cup with a 5-1 hammering of Atlético Madrid