Tottenham Hotspur v Fiorentina betting preview - Last sixteen spot awaits Spurs



Only a week ago Spurs were sitting on a winning run of seven games, however since then their fortunes have changed and they head into this match having failed to win either of their last two outings.

They were held to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of this Europa League tie and exited from the FA Cup at the fifth round stage thanks to a 1-0 defeat at home to Crystal Palace.

“We were a little bit unlucky and we need to accept that,” Pochettino said following the weekend defeat. “We need to be ready for Thursday, where we have another cup final. We have nothing to complain about. We create enough chances to win the game but it was our mistake [not taking those chances]. We take every game seriously and we play the way we need to play to win every game, but the next game is the most important now that Palace are through in the FA Cup.”

The next game is Fiorentina at White Hart Lane and the home side are in a commanding position to qualify for the next round of the competition after holding the Serie A side to a draw in Italy. Spurs took the lead shortly before half-time thanks to a Nacer Chadli penalty, however Federico Bernardeschi equalised for the home side, although Pochettino will be happy that his side hold the advantage thanks to the away goal rule. As such, Spurs are 4/9 favourites with Ladbrokes to progress through to the next stage of the tournament.

The hosts are also unsurprisingly favourites to win on Thursday at 5/6 with Paddy Power and these odds are worth taking, given that despite suffering a rather disappointing defeat to Palace last weekend, Spurs are very solid at White Hart Lane this season. Fiorentina did grab themselves a decent away win at Atalanta at the weekend, but generally their away form has been pretty dismal of late and Pochettino's men will capitalise on this.

Clearly Spurs will need a goalscorer and despite Nacer Chadli scoring five goals in his last nine outings, we'll be looking past him and backing Harry Kane to find the back of the net this week. The Spurs forward has been banging them in with regularity of late and he is very good value at 11/10 with William Hill on the Anytime Goalscorer market.