The 13/10 about Spurs finishing in the Champions League spots this season seems particularly generous considering they have two more points after nine games than in 2012/13, when they missed out on fourth place by just a point.
However, manager Andre Villas-Boas gives the impression he has not yet stumbled upon his strongest starting line-up with only goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, defenders Danny Rose, Kyle Walker and Jan Vertonghen and striker Roberto Soldado rated as guaranteed to play when fit.
We’ve looked at how the Lilywhites have lined up this season to bring you the optimum Spurs eleven for their quest to regain Champions League status in May.
With Aaron Lennon returning on the right wing Andros Townsend should be switched to the other flank.
Summer signings Nacer Chadli and Erik Lamela are taking time to adapt to life in the Premier League, which leaves two out of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Townsend and Lennon to fill the wide positions.
Although Sigurdsson has chipped in with some important goals already this season from the left – notably against Norwich and Chelsea – the Icelander lacks the pace of the England wingers and with Spurs struggling to get in behind teams he could be usurped by left-footer Townsend if Lennon retakes his spot on the right.
Lewis Holtby is preferred to Christian Eriksen in the number ten role.
Of Spurs’ plethora of summer purchases Eriksen was the signing that really got the White Hart Lane faithful salivating after his silky performances for Ajax over the past few seasons, but he has contributed no goals and just one assist in five Premier League appearances so far.
With the Lilywhites struggling to get the ball through the middle to striker Soldado, cut-price January signing Holtby must be kept in the team ahead of the Dane having started the last two league games, with Spurs claiming six points from those matches which followed a two-game winless run.
Sandro and Paulinho are Spurs’ best middle-of-the-park partnership.
Paulinho is the only senior central-midfielder at White Hart Lane who looks to have cemented his place in the team having started all of the north Londoners’ Premier League matches this term.
Mousa Dembele has been benched for the last two Premier League games and although former Toulouse man Etienne Capoue is back after eight weeks out through injury, Sandro looks the most likely to steal the spot next to his fellow Brazilian international as Spurs have won every game their ‘beast’ has started this season to nil.
Vlad Chiriches must be given more chances to impress at centre-half.
Captain Michael Dawson kept his place after a below-par performance in the 3-0 home loss against West Ham, but another poor display should see the Leeds native chopped as two high-quality centre-halves are waiting in the wings.
Younes Kaboul’s combination of pace and power makes him a great asset in defence, but the Frenchman’s disruptive knee problems don’t seem to be going away and Romanian international Chiriches deserves a run in the starting line-up after featuring in six of Spurs’ last eight matches of which they have won five without conceding a goal.