The first round knockout phase of the UEFA Champions League over the past few years has traditionally seen tightly contested and cagey tactical battles with neither side wanting to give too much away, particularly in the first-leg tie.
Looking ahead to tonight’s tantalising clash between Tottenham Hotspur and AC Milan, this one should prove to be anything but, with another potential goal-fest on the cards.
Tottenham are the joint top scorers in the Champions League this season alongside North-London rivals Arsenal with 18 goals so far, and you can bet on Peter Crouch to score first in tonight's game with SportingBet pricing him at 9/1.
Having conceded 12 goals in three Champions League road trips this season the stage is set for Spurs fans to experience another rollercoaster ride against an attack-minded Milan side that boasts three real match winners in the form of Zlatan Ibrahimovich, Robinho, and Alexandre Pato.
Harry Redknapp’s attacking instincts are all too well known, so his pre-match press conference comments won’t have surprised too many people.
"Attacking football is what got us here in the first place. We have had a go all through this competition so we will have a right go again at San Siro," he proclaimed.
"We can score here. I don't want to concede bags of goals for sure. We can't afford to make the same mistakes but as far as shutting up shop goes it's a non-starter because we don't have the players here."
Redknapp’s opposite number Massimiliano Allegri is cut from the same cloth, and was recruited by Milan for that very reason after presiding over two years of attacking, entertaining football at Cagliari, so tonight’s encounter should be a showcase for open, free-flowing football.
Last time out at the San Siro, Spurs went down 4-3 to Inter Milan in the group stages after a second-half comeback that saw Gareth Bale net a superb hat-trick.
A repeat of that scoreline is unlikely, especially considering Bale is ruled out with a back injury but SportingBet offer odds of 150/1 for lightening to strike twice with a 4-3 win in favour of Milan.
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