Colchester United v Tottenham Hotspur: Spurs look for midweek boost

colchester unitedWhile we’re all told to stay positive, let’s just say that Spurs’ start to the 2019/20 season has been ‘mixed’. Following defeat at the hands of Leicester on Saturday, the EFL Cup may not be the best tonic but Tuesday night’s clash at Colchester could give fans the chance to see some fringe players and to judge on what alternatives the manager has moving forward.

It all kicks off at 7.45pm so let’s assess what lies ahead.

Team News

Only Giovani Lo Celso seems certain to be ruled out and there are suggestions that Juan Foyth may be available to take a place on the bench at the very least. It’s hard to see why Hugo Lloris would rush back from the birth of his third child for this one so expect Paulo Gazzaniga to continue in goal.

It would be good to see Ryan Sessegnon make his Spurs bow although reports are less positive than they were a week ago. The former Fulham winger features in our tips but do make sure that he’s on the bench at the very least.

Away from the regular names, this is the type of game where Oliver Skipp, Troy Parrott and Japhet Tanganga may feature so this is very much a case of ‘watch this space’.

Match Odds

Spurs are available at an industry best of 1/5 with BetFred and BETDAQ to win in normal time while a Colchester victory is out at 16/1 with Coral. Sandwiched in between is the draw which is quoted at 13/2 with Betway.

Those are the 90 minute options but if you suspect there may be extra time, you’ll need to head to the To Qualify market. Not every bookie is bothering with this and that’s because the pricing becomes prohibitive. However, you can get Spurs to progress at 1/11 with Betway while Colchester are out at 13/2 with Royal Panda.

The issue with betting on games such as this is the possibility of Spurs throwing in a stack of reserves and coming unstuck. At this stage, we can usually expect to see at least one Premier League side eliminated but while it may not be us, the odds on Tottenham to win just don’t seem to hold any interest.

Other Side Bets

Son Heung-Min

Son Heung-Min

If you’re after some better value, the side markets are the place to be although we also need to be careful on individual goal scorers. None of us would be hugely surprised if Harry Kane drops to the bench yet our main striker is the hot favourite to open the scoring at 21/10 with Betway.

Son Heung-Min follows at 3/1 with BetFred while the same bookmaker has Lucas Moura available at 7/2. Spurs players continue to dominate this section with Erik Lamela at 5/1 with BetFred and Christian Eriksen at 13/2 with 10Bet and Sport Pesa.

Ryan Sessegnon may just be interesting in this section. Having arrived at Spurs nursing an injury, the former Fulham man had been tipped to make his first Tottenham appearance here and he’s at 7/1 with BetFred. Of course, we would suggest checking the team sheets before taking a punt and if Sessegnon is on the bench, a price of 2/1 with BetFred in the anytime market is the place to be.

If, however, you’re looking for Colchester United players, Luke Norris is the first name on the list. The striker can be claimed at a top price of 12/1 with Betway while his teammate Frank Nouble is at 14/1 with BetFred.

We’ll cover our usual favourites now and Both Teams to Score can be claimed at best industry odds of Even Money with BetFred. Over 2.5 goals is quoted at a top price of 2/5 with SportingBet but we think you could be quite brave in this game and look to take Over 4.5 at a best of 23/10 on the BETDAQ sportsbook.

Remember, all of those prices are for the 90 minute option, excluding any extra time.

Dangerman

Our tips suggest that Colchester will find the net during this game but it is a little tricky to see where the goals might come from. We’ve mentioned strikers Norris and Nouble but neither has a strong Goals to Games ratio in League Two.

So far this season, The U’s have scored 17 goals and Norris is the leading scorer at this stage so we, along with the bookmakers, seem to have come to a conclusion in this section.

Head to Head

tottenhamWe have played Colchester United just once in professional football and the game came as recently as 2016. For those who cannot recall, it was a fourth round FA Cup tie and the game finished in a comfortable 4-1 victory for Spurs.

Nacer Chadli scored twice while our remaining goals came from Eric Dier and Tom Carroll. A late Ben Davies own goal prevented a clean sheet but a repeat of this scoreline on Tuesday night would be most welcome.

Verdict

It’s been difficult to sum up at the end of these previews. As with most games this season, Spurs should come away with the win but they haven’t been putting away the weaker sides. And, we’ve been letting those leads slip and allowing teams to come back to equalise or, in the case of Leicester City, to come away with the three points.

Of course we should win on Tuesday night, irrespective of which side we put out but Colchester United may well be thinking that this isn’t a bad time to be playing Tottenham Hotspur. So we’ll just focus on the side bets and this could be high scoring with goals at either end. Both Teams to Score rarely hits Even Money no matter who is involved so we’ll start with BTTS at 1/1 with BetFred.

Plenty of goals are needed to trigger the Over 4.5 tip but there’s no reason why this shouldn’t be a popular punt for the betting community this Tuesday. The one real long shot is on Ryan Sessegnon to score but if our summer signing is involved, this is just the type of game where he can mark his Spurs bow with a debut strike.

Best Bets:

  • Ryan Sessegnon to score any time at 2/1 with BetFred
  • Both Teams to Score at Even Money with BetFred
  • Over 4.5 Goals at 23/10 with BETDAQ

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