With Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp still looking to add “one or two” players to his squad, a friendly against Benfica is the ideal preparation for Spurs’ season in Europe.
Tottenham are fighting on two fronts in the Premier League and the Champions League, and Redknapp has identified Manchester City forward Craig Bellamy as a primary transfer target.
Redknapp has also had a bid for West Ham midfielder Scott Parker rejected, but the veteran manager will not relent in his quest to bolster his options at White Hart Line.
First of all, however, Redknapp has to prepare his north London side for a trip to Benfica’s Estadio da Luz for a match which the home team are 10/11 favourites to win.
The hosts boast a plethora of attacking talents such as Oscar Cardozo and Pablo Aimar, and the difficulty of Spurs’ task is reflected by their 12/5 odds of securing victory.
Elsewhere in Europe, Deportivo La Coruna host Newcastle at the Riazor, and the Primera Liga side are evens to beat Chris Hughton’s men.
The Magpies are 2/1 to win, and they can take heart from Cardiff’s performance against Deportivo, as the Welsh side gave the former Champions League semi-finalists a thorough work-out before succumbing to a 1-0 defeat.
One of the most attractive friendlies not to feature a British club, meanwhile, sees Serie A side Napoli (11/10 to claim victory) face Steve McLaren’s Wolfsburg.
The former England manager’s new team are 15/8 to win the match, though this will be a difficult task at Stadio San Paolo, which is somewhat of a fortress for Napoli.
Is Tottenham’s tie with Benfica too close to call? The draw is 9/4. See the full Benfica vs Tottenham Match Betting Odds market.