Tottenham Hotspur v Everton: Desperate for a Run of League Form

tottenhamIn recent weeks we’ve made the rather lazy comparison of likening Spurs’ season to that of a rollercoaster. Following Tuesday’s abject FA Cup defeat to Middlesbrough, it’s probably time to get off.

It’s been a very strange period for the club with displays such as the one at the Riverside punctuated by a win at the league leaders Manchester City and a comfortable demolition of struggling Leeds United. Good luck to anyone trying to predict the result of Monday’s home EPL fixture with Everton but we’ll give it a go.

Team News

Injuries should never be used as an excuse but absentees haven’t helped our cause in recent weeks. Oliver Skipp, Japhet Tanganga, Lucas Moura and Rodrigo Bentancur all missed the loss to Middlesbrough and will remain doubtful for Monday night.

Moura may be the most likely to return while the other three are far more doubtful. With this fixture taking place on Monday evening, team news ahead of the weekend is a little slow to come through. That’s all we know at this point so it’s a case of checking the club’s official website and social media feeds in the lead up to kick off.

Match Odds

Despite all our issues, the bookmakers have made Spurs clear favourites for the win with odds of 3/5 coming from BetFred and Ladbrokes. The draw is next up at a top price of 16/5 with QuinnBet with victory for Everton listed at a best of 5/1 with MansionBet.

Neutral bettors will surely see value in a positive result for the Toffees based on Tottenham’s poor run of results. Even if we disregard Tuesday’s game and focus solely on the league, we find that we have picked up just six points from our last six matches. The counter-argument against that neutral theory is the fact that Everton have performed even worse with just one win and five defeats from their last six.

Little has improved since Frank Lampard and some new January signings arrived so perhaps we could be forgiven for thinking that this is a good time to get our European hopes back on track.

Side Markets

Harry Kane continues to sit unchallenged at the top of the first goalscorer betting and you can claim our solitary striker at odds of 13/4 with Unibet. Son Heung-Min is next up in this market at 43/10 with VBet while Dejan Kuluesevski has shortened after two goals in his last three league games to 5/1 with Betway.

The first option for those backing Everton players is Dominic Calvert-Lewin at 15/2 with Betway while an overdue goal at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for Dele Alli is quoted at 14/1 with 888Sport.

Harry Kane

Harry Kane

Coming back to Spurs, other picks for the home team include Lucas Moura at 15/2 with Unibet, Steven Bergwijn at 15/2 with Unibet and Ryan Sessegnon at 25/1 with BetFred.

Away from the player betting, Both Teams to Score is available for Monday night’s match at best odds of 17/20 with Betway. If you’re taking the No vote on BTTS, the numbers climb to Even Money with Ladbrokes and 888Sport.

Total Goals betting will currently reward punters with odds of 13/17 with SportNation for going Over the 2.5 line. A push up to Over 3.5 will see the figures rise to 2/1 with Betway but, if you want to stake Under that 2.5 line, Coral and MansionBet are both offering 21/20.

Our regular round up of side bets concludes with some Correct Score suggestions and, if you are staying positive, a 2-1 home win is quoted at 15/2 with QuinnBet and 10Bet. The same scoreline in favour of Everton is on offer at 16/1 with Ladbrokes and we’ll finish with the 2-2 draw at 16/1 with QuinnBet and BetFred.

Last Season

The corresponding fixture from last season was played on September 13th and was another one to forget. A solitary Dominic Calvert-Lewin strike on 55 minutes was enough to seal the points for the visiting side.

Tottenham would respond to this defeat and head the Premier League table for a while but this wasn’t the best of starts. In general, our record against Everton in the Premier League era is a solid one but we haven’t won any of our last four games against the Toffees in all competitions and that’s a return which needs addressing.

Verdict

evertonWho knows what to suggest here? As Spurs fans, we’re used to some inconsistency but the last few weeks have taken that to whole new levels. As a neutral, I’d probably give this a wide berth, particularly as Everton’s league form is worse than ours at the moment.

We can, therefore, just be hopeful of a result as opposed to being confident. If you’re not going to shut yourself away and wait for next season, you may want to consider Both Teams to Score which looks to be one of the stronger options for Monday.

Both teams play an attacking style and are susceptible at the back so BTTS starts things off. It’s not at the best price so we’ll finish by taking Son Heung-Min to open the scoring, When Spurs switch on, Sonny is usually at the heart of things and he’s due a scoring contribution here.

Best Bets

  • Both Teams to Score at 17/20 with Betway
  • Son Heung-Min to Score the First Goal at 43/10 with VBet

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