The manner in which Tottenham fought back to secure a priceless win away at Bournemouth over the weekend may well prove to be a pivotal moment, not only for Spurs this season but in terms of Antonio Conte’s reign at the North London club.
Having suffered back-to-back defeats to Man United and Newcastle United and suffered the agony of seeing a winning goal chalked off during their last Champions League clash with Sporting Lisbon, Conte saw his side go two goals down to the Cherries and must have wondered if things were about to unravel for Tottenham.
However, second-half goals from Ryan Sessegnon, Ben Davies, and Rodrigo Bentacur, a trio of surprising scorers, won Tottenham the game, and the morale-boosting nature of the comeback may well hold them in good stead for arguably their biggest match of the season thus far.
On Tuesday night, Tottenham travels to the South of France to face Marseille in their final Champions League group clash. All four teams are still in contention to secure their place in the final 16, with just two points separating the quartet.
Tottenham know that a point will be enough to get them through to the knockout stages, but anything less, and they may not even make it to the Europa League.
Conte has been banned from the dugout and the dressing room following his red card during the last Champions League fixture, but he is more than aware of the importance of the game and wants to make it abundantly clear to his players;
“This game will be a final for us to go to the next round of the Champions League. I don’t want to think which would be my mood if we lose this game. I have to be honest, and also, after the first half, my feeling was positive. The only situation that I ask of my players is that we are to show more personality and take more responsibility because this game was on us.”
Tottenham started their Champions League with a comfortable home win over the Ligue 1 side, though the star of that night, Brazilian forward Richarlison, is out injured.
Marseille are not in a good run of form at present, they haven’t won any of their last four domestic league matches, and interestingly they’ll probably have a few former Arsenal stars on show at the Stade Velodrome.
The likes of Nuno Taveres, Matteo Guendouzi, and Alexis Sanchez are likely to feature and will be more than willing to put an extra 10% into the occasion, though clearly, Igor Tudor’s side needs the win just as much as Tottenham need a draw.
The fact that a draw is not enough for the French side will make the contest a great spectacle, and it’s sure to be end-to-end stuff.
Tottenham hope to have Swedish attacker Dejan Kulusevski back from injury as they have certainly missed the young talent in recent weeks, and he has the kind of creativity that will help to provide the ammunition for the likes of Harry Kanes and Heung-Min Son.
Conte’s side haven’t managed to score in their previous two away group games but will hope to either get the ball rolling at Marseille or do everything they can to keep a clean sheet.
This encounter is going to be a fiery clash, and we feel that the 28/1 by BoyleSports on Harry Kane scoring first and the game ending 1-1 is a very tempting double to chase. Kane is in a great run of form this season, only Erling Haaland has netted more Premier League goals, and he is always likely to rise to the occasion.
In what is likely to be a tempestuous affair, the 17/10 offered by Grosvenor Sports on there being more than 6.5 cards shown seems a sensible one, and 14/5 on a red card being dished out also seems very plausible.