Tottenham Hotspur vs Wolverhampton Wanderers: In Need of a Lift Once Again

tottenhamA busy period for the club sees Spurs take on their third home game in the space of eight days. Following a comfortable win over Brighton in the fourth round of the FA Cup, the team slumped to their second league defeat in a row after a poor display against Southampton in midweek.

It seems as though inconsistency keeps following this side, even under Antonio Conte, but the players have an early chance to put things right. Wolves are the visitors this Sunday for a 2pm kick off so let’s see if we can put our Top Four challenge back on track.

Team News

Japhet Tanganga, Oliver Skipp and Eric Dier were all missing from that Southampton game in midweek. Each of them was tentatively pencilled in for a return on Wednesday so will they all make the cut for the weekend?

According to reports, Dier is almost certain to return, Tanganga is likely while Skippy’s issues may be more long term. Otherwise, there are no reported problems with injury and suspension so the squad is close to full strength.

Match Odds

Tottenham go into this game as favourites and the best odds on the home win currently stand at 7/10 with Ladbrokes. The draw is next up at a top price of 119/40 with VBet while a win for Wolves completes the picture at a best of 5/1 with BetFred.

Since coming up to the Premier League under Nuno Espirito Santo, Wolves have earned a reputation for being tough to beat. This season, they’ve been hovering around the top seven and they come into Sunday’s match in eighth place, just two points below us in the table.

They don’t concede many but, as we’ll see, Wolves have been short of goals across the season so it could be a dour 90 minutes.

Side Markets

First goalscorer betting continues to show Harry Kane as the clear favourite and you can claim our sole striker at best odds of 3/1 with Unibet. Son Heung-Min follows at 4/1 with Unibet again while Lucas Moura is listed at a top price of 15/2 with Coral and SportNation.

Wolves get their first mention through Raul Jimenez at a best of 8/1 with Betway while other options for Spurs include Steven Bergwijn at 8/1 with BetFred, Dejan Kulusevski at 12/1 with BetFred and Pierre-Emile Hojberg at 17/1 with Unibet.

Harry Kane

Harry Kane

Moving on, Both Teams to Score is listed for Sunday’s game at best odds of 6/5 with VBet. As we always say, it’s rare for that market to head above Even Money so the bookies aren’t expecting too many goals in this one. For reference, you can take ‘No’ on BTTS for odds of 4/6 with Unibet.

Those figures hint at some promising numbers in the Total Goals betting and you can currently claim best odds of 6/5 with Unibet to go Over the 2.5 line. By pushing that up to Over 3.5, it’s over to Unibet once again for their figures of 3/1 or, if you agree that it’s going to be a quiet game, you can switch to Under 2.5 which is quoted at a top price of 73/100 with NoviBet.

That leaves us with a regular look at some Correct Score suggestions and if you’re hopeful of a positive result on Sunday, a 2-1 home win can be backed at 33/4 with SportNation. The same outcome in favour of Wolverhampton Wanderers is available at 18/1 with BetFred while the 1-1 draw is quoted at 13/2 with 10Bet.

Last Season

Wolves have caused Spurs some issues since arriving in the Premier League but last season’s corresponding fixture was a comfortable one. Played on Sunday May 16th, goals from Harry Kane and Pierre-Emile Hojberg sealed a 2-0 win.

Not known for his attacking forays, Hojberg had a productive afternoon as he set up Kane for the opener on 45 minutes. A long ball from his own half split the Wolves defence and Harry skipped past the keeper before slotting home. In the second period, Hojberg found himself in an advanced position to slot home after Gareth Bale’s initial shot was saved.

It was a game without any heart-stopping moments and we’d all be very grateful for something similar right now.

Verdict

wolverhamptonIf we were neutral, we’d probably stay away from any games involving Spurs. As far as the result is concerned, how can you confidently predict anything right now? As we often say, we have the greater quality in the squad and, in this instance, we also have home advantage. However, we’re also capable of putting in weak performances as shown on Wednesday night.

Perhaps the manager will decide to use his two January signings from the start. Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur have been second half substitutes in their two matches to date but would their inclusion give the team a lift?

In terms of confirmed tips, we’ll start with Both Teams to Score while it’s still available at those 6/5 odds. We’re clearly more than capable of shipping goals and Wolves will be confident of finding the net.

However, our opponents aren’t exactly prolific in front of the target. In 21 league games prior to last night’s match with Arsenal, Wolves had scored just 19 times. That tally is worse than any other side in the division with the exception of Norwich City and Burnley.

We won’t therefore, consider any of the Over options in the Total Goals betting. Instead, we’ll stay with two bets and back Son Heung-Min to find the net in 90 minutes.

We often say that we would trade a losing bet for a win on the pitch but Sonny gave us a profit at 6/5 with his goal on Wednesday. Hopefully he will find the net against Wolves in a winning cause.

Best Bets

  • Both Teams to Score at 6/5 with VBet
  • Son Heung-Min to score at any time in 90 minutes at 6/4 with Unibet

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