Tottenham scored in all but one of their six Europa League away games last season and they’re fancied to fill their boots on their way to a first leg victory at Dinamo Tbilisi in qualifying for this year’s competition proper.
However, the Georgians’ appetite for goals is seldom frustrated and they are expected to notch against a Spurs defence that conceded in nine of their 12 European games last season, making both teams to score a very decent punt at 3/4.
Tottenham are big 9/20 favourites to win in Tbilisi, with their opponents easy to back at 21/4 for victory and the draw 3/1.
Under Andre Villas-Boas – who has never failed to reach at least the quarter-finals of the Europa League as a manager – Tottenham were a prolific away force last term, mustering the third-highest away goals tally in the Premier League.
Dinamo seem to have developed an allergy to clean sheets of late, having gone ten competitive games (seven this season) without a shut-out, and Spurs should be able to register a sufficient goal haul to overcome a -1 handicap at odds of 5/4.
Spurs were the second most prolific side in the Premier League last term when it came to shots on goal, averaging a weighty 17.4 per game.
New signing Roberto Soldado is already off the mark for the Lilywhites and should help them convert plenty of their openings having needed just 3.2 attempts for each goal he scored in La Liga last season.
While Tottenham are fancied to drink their fill of net-bulgers in one of the oldest wine-making countries in the world, their already far-from-impregnable defence will be missing key man Jan Vertonghen, who hasn’t made the trip as he continues a cautious return from injury.
Home coach Dusan Uhrin’s side have been denied a goal in just one of their last 17 games at the Dinamo Arena and have a lethal Spanish goal-getter of their own in Xisco (no, not the ex-Newcastle misfit) to aid their scoring chances.
The former Levante, Betis and Valencia striker has posted 50 goals in 87 league starts for the Georgians and will be on hand to take advantage of any sloppiness in the visiting defence.