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Spurs welcome Agnar Christensen's side to north London in their first game of the Europa League group stages, with our tipster backing the home side to fire out of the blocks

Tromso travel to north London to face Tottenham in the first match of the Europa League group stages. The two sides are drawn alongside Anzhi and Sheriff, so a strong start will be needed by both.

Tromso have had to come through four rounds of qualifying to reach the group stages after finishing fourth in the Eliteserien last season but Agnar Christensen's side have not had a successful campaign this season in the league, currently sitting in 13th position, just above the relegation places.

The Norwegians have only acquired 25 points from 23 games with the season nearing its conclusion. Coral do not give them much hope in London either, pricing them at 20/1 (21.00) to cause a shock and grab three points.

Tottenham come into this match having responded well to their derby-day defeat at Arsenal with a solid 2-0 win at home to Norwich City.

Andre Villas-Boas will be happy with the start that his side have made, sitting in third position in the Premier League with nine points from four matches. Spurs easily saw off Dinamo Tbilisi in the play-off round, beating them 8-0 on aggregate. Coral price the home side at a short 1/8 (1.13) to do the business while the same firm price the draw at 7/1 (8.00).

With Spurs far too short to touch and the handicap and winning to nil markets not offering enough value, a bet that has paid out for Tottenham this season in the competition is over 1.5 first-half goals.

The price of 23/20 (2.15) with Coral stands out and should certainly be backed. Despite Villas-Boas being likely to name a somewhat weakened side, expect Jermain Defoe and Co. to get the job down early in this fixture against a Tromso side struggling for form over the last few months.

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Over 1.5 first-half goals for a 2pt stake at 23/20 (2.15) with Coral

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