Premier League champions Manchester City already rated an overly-generous price at 9/20 to beat Spurs for the fifth season on the spin at the Etihad, so news that Mauricio Pochettino’s side may be the latest to suffer from the curse of Euro 2016 qualifying makes the hosts -1 at 23/20 seem decent.
City hurdled such a handicap by miles in both Premier League matches against the north Londoners last term, winning 6-0 at home and 5-1 away, while Pochettino’s men have already suffered a 3-0 humbling at the hands of 2013/14 runners-up Liverpool at White Hart Lane this season.
The Argentine’s boat will be further rocked by news that Hugo Lloris and Nacer Chadli are facing late fitness tests ahead of the trip to City, after each pulled out of international fixtures for their countries.
Chadli, who is Spurs’ top scorer this season with four goals, played for Belgium against Andorra in spite of a hip complaint, which kept him out of the clash with Bosnia two days later.
The 25-year-old has started his side’s last six Premier League matches, bagging vital strikes against QPR, Sunderland and Arsenal, and with the likes of Paulinho and Andros Townsend yet to prove they fit into Pochettino’s system, Chadli’s omission would be a blow.
Spurs would feel the loss of Lloris even more keenly though, despite the presence of proven Premier League netminder Michel Vorm, formerly of Swansea, on the bench.
Lloris, who is thought to be coveted by Parisian billionaires Paris Saint-Germain, missed Euro 2016 hosts France’s friendly with Armenia with a thigh strain, and while Les Bleus manager Didier Deschamps indicated his number one would be fit for the weekend, this is as yet unconfirmed.
Spurs aren’t the only Premier League club on tenterhooks after the latest international break; north London neighbours Arsenal picked up two new injured players in Laurent Koscielny and Danny Welbeck, adding to a list of seven already in the Emirates treatment room.
Liverpool were dealt an even worse hand early last month, after the first Euro 2016 qualifying break, when striker Daniel Sturridge picked up an injury in the friendly win over Norway which he is yet to recover from.
Having won two of their first three Premier League games of the campaign with the former Man City and Chelsea hitman in the side, the Reds managed to claim just a point from their next three fixtures, eventually stemming the flow with a 2-1 win at home to West Brom last time out.