Tottenham are 8/1 favourites to lift their first European silverware since the 1984 UEFA Cup in this year’s Europa League and they’ve got the experience, squad depth and manager to justify their status in the market.
Behind them Fiorentina (14/1), Valencia (15/1) and PSV Eindhoven are the only other sides inside of the 20/1 mark in bwin’s Europa League betting.
Continental jousts are no once in a blue moon affair for the Lilywhites these days and the 2013/14 campaign represents the fourth successive season of European nights at White Hart Lane.
Twice during that period they reached quarter-finals of the competitions they entered, with longstanding servants like Michael Dawson, Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe amongst the veterans of their chastening Champions League trip to the Bernabeu in 2010/11.
Fellow squad members like Kyle Walker and Andros Townsend have also tasted two campaigns of European action at the club, suggesting a strong seam of invaluable experience running through the ranks.
Last season Tottenham were a side caught between the devil and the deep blue sea as they sought success in the Europa League while trying desperately to avoid returning to it this season by securing fourth place domestically.
As a result their short-staffed squad became intolerably stretched by injuries to the likes of Sandro and Defoe, with the remaining fit players far from fresh through lack of rest.
This time around they have a vastly superior pool of players to choose from thanks to a spending spree that has brought in seven potential starters including experienced Champions League campaigners in Christian Eriksen and Roberto Soldado.
Overseeing this recruitment drive has been Andre Villas-Boas who, lest we forget, is already a Europa League-winning manager having piloted Porto to success in 2011 as the youngest coach ever to win a European trophy.
Unlike last term AVB now has not just the nous, but the tools to crack the Europa League a second time and the early signs for his team are good, with a teak-tough defence giving up just one goal in their first six games of the season.