Andre Villas-Boas is at long last set to be unveiled as the new Tottenham Hotspur manager today, ending weeks of speculation linking him with the post. The former Chelsea manager has long-been the hot favourite for the job and will now put pen to paper and sign a four-year contract with the North London club.
AVB is determined to prove his worth in the Premier League following a torrid nine months with Chelsea. It is vital that he gets off to a decent start otherwise the pressure will immediately build and he will once again find himself under-fire. Bet Victor have priced the Portuguese coach at 8/1 to leave Tottenham this year, which could prove to be a fruitful bet if he endures a nightmare start. The 34-year-old is also available at 5/1 to leave the club in 2013, while he can be found at 3/1 to depart in 2014.
AVB’s first task will be persuading key players to stay, including Luka Modric, Rafael van der Vaart and Emmanuel Adebayor. Spurs are currently being linked with the likes of midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson and defender Jan Vertonghen but a radical change-up is not expected to happen. His primary goal with then be to lead Spurs to a Champions League spot. Despite finishing fourth last season the club missed out on qualification to Europe’s elite competition, meaning they will be doubly determined to qualify at the end of the end of the 2012/13 season. Spurs can currently be backed at 15/8 to finish in the top four.
Spurs will begin their pre-season with a tour of the United States, with their opening Premier League match schedule for Saturday 18th August away to Newcastle. Bet Victor have priced Spurs at 9/2 to win any major trophy next season, with the newly named Capital One Cup perhaps the most likely at 10/1. They are available at 16/1 to win the Europa League, 11/1 to lift the FA Cup and a 33/1 long shot to get their hands on the Premier League trophy.
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