Spurs qualified for the last 16 of the Europa League the hard way, as they saw off Dnipro 3-2 on aggregate having looked dead and buried at one point but they could find the going even tougher over the two legs against a strong Benfica side.
Betway rate the Portuguese outfit at 17/20 to reach the quarter final and they look set to do some of the hard work at White Hart Lane in the first leg.
Nevertheless, Spurs are BetVictor’s 6/4 favourites to prevail in the opening encounter but the North Londoners might still be reeling following the 4-0 mauling at Chelsea last weekend and with a derby showdown against neighbours Arsenal on the agenda on Sunday, Tim Sherwood is bound to make changes for this clash.
At the very least last year’s beaten finalists can avoid defeat (3/5, Winner.com) as a stalemate, at 12/5 via Coral can’t be entirely ruled out but Jorge Jesus’s team are capable of edging it and Paddy Power make them 4/1 to do so by a one-goal margin.
Benfica to beat Tottenham – 23/10 (Ladbrokes)