Partizan v Spurs: Lots of late goals likely at Partizan Stadium

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In what seems a slightly backward European football tradition, the Europa League takes centre stage after the Champions League warm-up act has finished whetting the betting whistle.

As one of three British sides in the competition, Tottenham will be receiving the ITV4 treatment for the next few months and start their campaign with a trip to Serbia to face Super Liga-leading FK Partizan.

It’s likely spectators that stay tuned until deep into the heart of this eagerly anticipated encounter are rewarded, with late goals among our three punting fancies:

Over 2.5 goals in the game – 5/6

Partizan’s season is already 11 games old having had two Champions League qualifiers and an Europa League play-off on top of their five league games.

Only one of those matches have failed to pass the 2.5-goal barrier, with the Serbs scoring at least twice in all of the other outings.

While less grooved into the football season, Spurs have also been avid “overs” fans, with only one of their six matches failing to soar over the 2.5 line.

Danko Lazovic to score first – 7/1

In a team that enjoys attacking – Partizan have netted 31 times thus far – former PSV forward Lazovic has been a leading light.

The 31-year-old has seven strikes to his name, of which four have come in the last four outings. In that form it’s worth siding with the Serb to get the home crowd celebrating first.

Second half to produce most goals – 1/1

For both sides the apres-orange period has seen more action.

20 of the hosts’ 31 net bulgers have come after the restart, with six hitting the back of the net in the last 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, Mauricio Pochettino’s men have netted seven times in the second 45, which represents over half of their seasonal tally.

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