As a club, Spurs may not have won the amount of trophies that they may have wished for in recent seasons but they play an entertaining brand of football that makes them an attractive proposition for the live TV cameras. And, where there is TV, we will doubtless see a host of enhanced odds promotions too so what do we know about this historic club?
Spurs were originally formed in 1882 as Hotspur FC, deriving their name from the character Harry Hotspur. In 1896 they were affiliated to the Southern League and played there until 1908, during which time they became the first ‘non league’ side to win the FA Cup – a record they are likely to hold indefinitely.
That triumph in 1901 was followed by a further FA Cup win 20 years later. At this point, they were playing at their White Hart Lane stadium with their name fully established as Tottenham Hotspur FC. The Glory Years followed the Second World War with first division titles coming in 1951 and then again ten years later as Tottenham became the first team in the 20th century to complete the league and FA Cup double.
The next big phase in the club’s history comes right now with a move to their new stadium at the start of the 2018/19 campaign. It’s hoped that the new ground with its increased capacity will help the club challenge for titles and a regular slot in the Champions League.
Spurs strongest period undoubtedly came in the 1960’s when they won five major trophies including that league and cup double. In that time, they also became the first British club to win a major European trophy when they took the European Cup Winners Cup, beating Atletico Madrid in the final of 1963.
The start of the 1970’s yielded three further trophies but in 1978, Spurs were relegated. They came back stronger with two FA Cup wins in the 1980’s but since then, the trophy cabinet has been relatively bare. Fans will be hoping that the stadium move will bring about a change in fortunes.
Tottenham’s record in recent seasons reads as follows:
|Season||Premier league||FA Cup||Europa League|
|2017/18||3rd||Semi final||Round of 16|
|2016/17||2nd||Semi final||Round of 32|
|2015/16||3rd||5th round||Round of 16|
|2014/15||5th||4th round||Round of 32|
|2013/14||6th||3rd round||Round of 16|
So, they haven’t actually won a trophy for nearly ten years and their recent FA Cup record is disappointing but there is an improvement in the Premier League, leading to that 3rd place finish at the end of the 2015/16 campaign which has been followed by a further two top four places..
They may not go deep into the cups, with the exception of the FA Cup, but while they are active, Spurs will be picked up by the TV cameras, leaving lots of potential for enhanced odds offers.
There’s no doubt that Harry Kane is the most important player for Spurs right now. A home grown striker, Kane won the Golden Boot trophy for the most goals in 2015/16 and again in 2016/17 and he is the man most likely to be the subject of any enhanced offers in the goal scorer markets.
Kane also won the Golden Boot trophy at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, scoring six goals in the tournament as England reached the semi finals. With that sort of record, we have seen more price boost promos involving Harry Kane at international level too.
However, club and national team mate Dele Alli is another man who gets better with every game and a great run of goal scoring which began at the start of 2017 should mean that we see his name linked to the same type of offer.
Tipsters also like to back Spurs in the Both Teams to Score markets as they are very attack minded but tend to be rather open in defence. That hasn’t quite been the case since Hugo Lloris went in goal as the French keeper is one of the best in the world. However, bookies may still look to boost Tottenham in the over 2.5 goals market as part of a combination bet.
In the modern era with more games being picked up by Sky Sports and BT Sport in the UK, Spurs are regularly featured by the live TV cameras. While they may not win as many trophies as they perhaps should, this is an entertaining side who the TV broadcasters love and as a result, the bookmakers will continue to look to base a number of enhanced odds deals around this famous club.