The bags under the eyes of Mauricio Pochettino and his Tottenham troops grow more pronounced as the week progresses, while coffee consumption within the camp has shattered all previously existing records.
Night terrors so dreadful have put the Lilywhites off sleeping, you see, as the bed-wettingly frightful prospect of playing two games in four days at White Hart Lane draws ever nearer.
Partizan Belgrade visit their north London house of horror in the Europa League first, before Everton rock up on Sunday and both are fantastic prices to take home the spoils.
The Toffees can be backed at an appetising 21/10 to get the better of Spurs when Premier League action resumes, but there are odds of Moby Dick proportions about their Serbian adversaries snaring three points at the Lane.
Partizan Belgrade can be backed to beat Tottenham at…
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Spurs rarely lose group games in Europe – they’re unbeaten in 17 pre-Christmas outings in the continental consolation competition.
Meanwhile Partizan haven’t won in 16 against foes hailing from foreign shores, but this could be the night that the formbook gets flipped up.
If it does, the scoreline is likely to be 2-1 to the travellers.
Emmanuel Adebayor has stated the Lilywhites don’t like it at home, while Pochettino reckons the pitch is too small at the Lane to suit his super cool playing style.
Since said surface hasn’t got any bigger, they must be susceptible to an upset.
Spurs’ previous pair of home matches resulted in unlikely 2-1 losses, contributing to a streak of four successive contests finishing by the same scoreline.
In total five of their previous six outings have seen a spread of three goals, with the away team benefitting on each occasion.
Should the away dressing room occupiers toast a 2-1 come the close of play, astute punters will be celebrating a 28/1 payday.
Partizan have won seven of their last eight domestic sojourns, so clearly have some form of blueprint for success on the road and it’s not entirely inconceivable that their master plan will prove sufficient to slay Spurs.