Backing teams that rocked up to play Tottenham in the wake of a Europa League outing was a recipe for winning bets last term and early signs are that the trend may continue in 2014/15.
Six of the Lilywhites’ 11 Premier League losses were sustained in the aftermath of midweek continental exertions in 2013/14.
They have done little to inspire faith that the new campaign will differ significantly, following up a 3-0 stroll past AEL Limassol with a tame surrender to Liverpool by the same scoreline.
Opposition of the ilk of shoddy-travelling Newcastle were able to eke out wins at White Hart Lane last season, while Brendan Rodgers’ side blew the doors off the atmospheric old stadium.
Even doomed Norwich were able to prise a 1-0 from Tim Sherwood’s side in the wake of a Thursday trip to Dnipropetrovsk.
It all makes West Brom, who visit the Lilywhites this Sunday, a rather more appealing 5/1 win bet than the hosts, who are favourites for three points at 53/100.
The Baggies may hardly be on the crest of a wave, winless in five this term under the tutelage of bushy-eyebrowed Alan Irivine, yet Spurs remain infinitely capable of throwing in poor results against such outfits, as they did against Sunderland last week.
Tottenham’s last two WBA clashes were cases in point, with Albion twice holding the north Londoners to draws during a woeful campaign that did for not one, but two managers at the Hawthorns.
As such the double-chance price of 7/5 holds plenty of appeal as a more pragmatic approach to milking Tottenham’s tendency to drop points in the wake of Europa League games for money.
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