Trade of the day Tues 3 August

Benfica v Spurs 19.45pm

With the start of the season just around the corner, tomorrow night`s game against the Portuguese Champions in the Eusebio Cup at the magnificent Estadio da Luz. could well be seen as a ‘must impress` by some of the fringe players if they are looking to get into Harry`s squad plans.

It`s highly likely that we`ll see most of our first team start the game or at least play a full half as we look to bring them up to full match fitness ahead of our first game of the season.

Benfica will be going straight into the Champions league, whereas we have yet to steer our way past what might yet prove to be a tough couple of ties. Our opponents are also only a couple of weeks away from the start of their season, so this is likely be a stern test and looks to be a real competitive match with little of the training game ‘feel` of our earlier pre-season games.

The Eusebio Cup is an annual Tournament and is highly regarded by the Portuguese even though it only commenced in 2008. It`s named after perhaps Portugal`s greatest ever player and he`ll be on hand to present a magnificent crystal glass trophy to the winning team. It would be a fantastic achievement if that were us.

Let`s hope that this time we really turn up and give the hosts a tough game, it`ll go a long way to then helping repair a slightly dented pride after our drubbing against Villareal and perhaps even set us up nicely for what looks to be a very tough opening game to the season.

Last week Benfica took Aston Villa apart in a 4-1 win and pretty much did what Villareal did to us at White Hart lane, giving them a lesson in fast mobile passing football with an end product.

Harry has already bemoaned our pre-season schedule, but surely Benfica offer him a real opportunity to assess both the lads` fitness and form.

Form and Stats

Benfica are 6-0-0 at home in last 6 and scored 16 conceding 4. Spurs are 3-1-2 and 8-10 away from home. In the league last season Spurs finished 7-5-7. They were recently beaten 4-1 by Villareal at home and drew with Sporting Lisbon. Benfica’s home record which saw them finish as champions was 14-1-0. They have only lost 4 in their last 60 home games in the league, not a bad record!

Strat

Two choices here. With the 0-0 so high and a suspected Benfica win the LTD looks ideal as 0-0 insurance can be taken.

LTD

Optional insurance on 0-0

FIP

LAY under 4.5 for

BACK under 2.5

BACK 2-1 and 3-1

Another option is to BACK over 3.5, back under 2.5 and cover 2-1, 1-2. That would work quite well if Benfica as expected score some goals.

This will be traded in the Vets Room later.

See you then.

Post match round up

Disappointing display from Benfica who’d only a few days ago beaten Aston Villa 4-1!The goal for Spurs came at a bad time and Metaltone Strat couldn’t get us out of trouble.

£32 loss.

~ by Juan on August 3, 2010.

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