When we last looked at Anzhi Makhachkala ahead of the away leg back in October, the team were having a torrid time in the Russian Premier League. Rooted at the bottom, they were the only side in the RPL without a win after 11 games of the regular campaign.
Fast forward two months and has that situation changed? No, is the short answer and after eighteen matches, the Eagles still haven’t won and are now 11 points from safety as Russia heads into its winter break.
Throughout this season, Anzhi’s only wins have come against Tromso in the Europa League – both 1-0 victories against the Norwegian side.
Goals are an issue too – only one in the last five for a side who, with different players admittedly, were challenging for the title just 12 months ago.
Our away tie was always going to be tricky on a difficult pitch but looking at current form there will never be a better time to secure group qualification with a 100% record. Not surprisingly, Spurs are a short best price of 1/4 with BetVictor to take the three points.