Everton v Tottenham Hotspur: Conte takes the helm at Goodison Park
There is a different feeling around the club following the events of this week and you’ll have to forgive us for being caught up on the wave of optimism. Had there been no changes at the helm following three straight league defeats, we would have been nervous, to say the least, about a visit to Goodison Park on Sunday.
Antonio Conte has already overseen his first game in charge of Tottenham Hotspur but he now gets down to the regular business of the Premier League. Our new manager will be familiar with the rollercoaster that is Spurs after a topsy turvy night against Vitesse on Thursday.
As much as there are new faces in the dugout, Antonio Conte has to deal with the same old players and a squad that is in dire need of an overhaul. Many he will want to keep, while it’s hoped that a more ruthless approach will be taken in order to clear some of the deadwood.
It will be fascinating to see the starting XI and how the new coach sets us up here. In regards to absentees, Bryan Gil and Ryan Sessegnon are likely to remain in the treatment room for the time being.
Elsewhere, it’s possible that Cristian Romero really did suffer a genuine injury as he was sent off on Thursday. There’s no word on that, or anything else for that matter following another fast turnaround so it’s a case of waiting for updates from the club’s official website.
In a close market with odds against options on all three possible outcomes, Spurs are the favourites and you can pick up the away win at best odds of 19/13 with VBet. Victory for Everton comes next at a top price of 21/10 with MansionBet and 10Bet while the draw is out to a best of 23/10 with QuinnBet and SportNation.
Our form is in need of that lift but Everton have problems of their own and, over the last six games, the Toffees have claimed just four points. That puts them third from bottom of the form table across that period although bear in mind that Spurs are just one place above Rafa Benitez’s side in that respect.
Based on that information, a lot of neutrals may be eyeing up the draw here but can Tottenham ride on whatever a ‘new manager bounce’ happens to be?
Harry Kane leads off in the first goalscorer betting and you can claim our main striker at best odds of 4/1 with Unibet. Son Heung-Min is next at 63/10 with VBet while Everton’s Richarlison nips in at a top price of 13/2 with Unibet once again.
Other options from within the Spurs’ dressing room include Steven Bergwijn at 10/1 with 888Sport, Lucas Moura at 10/1 with BetFred, Dele Alli at 11/1 with QuinnBet and Tanguy Ndombele at 16/1 with VBet.
Moving across to the team bets markets and Both Teams to Score is quoted for Sunday at 3/4 with 888Sport and QuinnBet and that’s not the worst price for a game with two sides that have tended to play open games when they’ve met in the recent past.
Over in the Total Goals betting, you can take a modest punt Over 2.5 to get odds of 4/5 with SportNation and Novibet. By pushing that one step higher to Over 3.5, the figure rises to 13/5 with Unibet.
Onto the Correct Score options and a draw with a 2-2 final outcome could attract interest at 14/1 with BetFred. Alternatives include a 2-1 win for Spurs at 83/10 with Novibet while the same scoreline in favour of Everton comes in at 10/1 with 888Sport and 10Bet.
Spurs travelled to Goodison Park last April and came away with a 2-2 draw, thanks to a double strike from Harry Kane. With Spurs losing 1-0 at home to Everton on the opening day of last season, and going down 5-4 in the FA Cup it was a campaign in which we drew a rare blank against the Toffees.
Recent head to head results show that, prior to our defeat back in August, Tottenham had not lost to Everton in 15 previous attempts. It’s definitely one of our better records and let’s hope we can pick things up again on Sunday.
Watching the Vitesse win was torture at times but Antonio Conte would have seen plenty of our plus points and our shortcomings. The deployment of wing backs also shows how we’re likely to line up moving forward.
Sunday’s game at Goodison still represents a trip into the unknown but at least we can be a little more positive after the events of this week.
By the way, Thursday night’s match produced another round of success for our two tips. Both Teams to Score and Over 3.5 Goals landed at 23/20 and 7/4 respectively. We think that could happen again but, because BTTS is much shorter, we’ll avoid it this time.
Over 3.5 goals could be strong again based on Thurday’s pattern of play. There are obvious issues at the back and maybe the formation will take a little getting used to. The sight of Hugo tapping goal kicks six feet to his right wasn’t great for the nerves either. That means that it may be a case of ‘we’ll score more than you’ as we move towards the transfer window in January.
We’re happier in the camp than last week and should get something out of this match. For betting suggestions, we’ll stay with the tried and trusted and kick off with Over 3.5 goals.
Sonny to score first rounds things off: He opened the scoring on Thursday before becoming becalmed as our game plan switched from attack to defence. Hopefully he’ll keep that momentum going and guide us to three points here.
- Son Heung-Min to score the first goal at 63/10 with VBet
- Over 3.5 goals at 13/5 with Unibet