Sports Betting: Change of personnel should again provide a winning spur

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Managerial switches pay early dividends in football and Christian Gross's Tottenham will surely make short work of Crystal Palace at White Hart Lane this evening. Palace, again without Attilo Lombardo tonight, had failed dismally to defend a two-goal lead and looked on their way to defeat against West Ham when the lights went out at Upton Park in their last game.

Aston Villa, who beat struggling Everton 2-1 at home on Saturday, will find life harder against Steaua Bucharest, third in the Romanian League, in the first leg of their third round Uefa Cup tie in Bucharest tomorrow, while the Uefa Cup favourites Atletico Madrid - tipped here at 10-1 when the competition started and 3-1 winners at home to Valencia on Saturday - can beat Croatia Zagreb away in their first leg tie.

Newcastle United, who ended Southampton's burst of form with a 2-1 victory at St James' Park on Saturday, have little hope of making the quarter- finals of the European Cup but still go into Wednesday's game in Barcelona with more to play for than their hosts. Barcelona, who lost 1-0 at Oviedo on Saturday and were beaten 3-2 at St James' Park, cannot now reach the knock-out stage.

Manchester United, who dispatched Wimbledon 5-2 at Selhurst Park on Saturday, should annihilate Kosice - they beat them 3-0 away - at Old Trafford United in the Champions' League on Thursday, while the defending champions Borussia Dortmund, who won 3-1 at Hamburg on Friday, should beat Galatasary at home.

Team C H L T

Tottenham evens 5-6 11-10 evens

Draw 9-4 9-4 11-5 9-4

Crystal Palace 9-4 11-4 2-1 9-4

Steaua Bucharest 5-6 11-10 4-5 5-6

Draw 11-5 11-5 15-8 11-5

Aston Villa 11-4 2-1 7-2 11-4

Croatia Zagreb 7-4 6-4 11-8 6-4

Draw 11-5 9-4 9-4 9-4

Atletico Madrid 5-4 11-8 6-4 11-8

Barcelona 8-13 8-13 4-6 8-11

Draw 5-2 5-2 13-5 5-2

Newcastle Utd 7-2 7-2 3-1 11-4

Manchester Utd 1-7 1-8 1-6 1-8

Draw 9-2 5-1 9-2 4-1

Kosice 14-1 14-1 11-1 14-1

Brsa Dortmund 1-3 1-4 2-7 1-4

Draw 3-1 7-2 7-2 4-1

Galatasaray 7-1 9-1 7-1 7-1

C - Coral, H - William Hill, L - Ladbrokes, T - Tote

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