As if Tottenham’s task in overturning a 3-1 first-leg deficit against Benfica wasn’t tough enough, fate has dealt Tim Sherwood a nigh-on apocalyptic slew of defensive injuries.
Michael Dawson and Vlad Chiriches are joined in the treatment room by Kyle Walker and Younes Kaboul, both unlikely to start, while the beleaguered gaffer must also sweat upon Danny Rose’s late fitness test.
Sherwood has named seven players yet to make their first team bow for the club in his squad and Sandro may be forced to play in central-defence alongside an inexperienced partner.
Meanwhile, Jorge Jesus’ men are in the kind of imperious form that’s seen them win all bar one of the 15 games since they defeated Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.
It’s fair to say Spurs have shown a tendency to fold like origami pussycats against the top teams this term and the Eagles can send their obliterated side, also missing Emmanuel Adebayor, home with a chastening hammering.
The layers at bwin stop offering odds on individual scores at 4-4 so it could be worth filling up a suitcase with the 15/1 about any other tally in the fixture.
Sign up on the dotted line at bwin.com today and receive a £30 free bet that would cop to the bombastic beat of £450 if the Lilywhites ship five or more for the fourth time this term.
As if that wasn’t generous enough, there’s a money-back special on the game too, with losing correct score, first goalscorer, player to score two or more and player to score three or more bets refunded if a side takes the lead only to lose.
It’s an insurance policy that would have been triggered in Benfica’s 2-4 away win against CD Nacional of Funchal, birthplace of Cristiano Ronaldo, last time out.
Punters more intrigued by the possibility of a risk-reduced first-scorer bet at a fanciful price should look no further than Luisao.
The Brazilian was the bane of the Lane with two strikes in the first leg and opened the scoring in his last home game too, yet he can be backed at a monster 22/1 to begin festivities.