Tottenham Hotspur v Wolverhampton Wanderers: Vital Points on the line
The season grinds on and the consolation prize of a Europa League spot is just about on the line. If you care about it, Spurs have two very ‘winnable’ home games coming up, the first of which is against Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves.
It’s a 2.05pm Sunday kick off and our opponents arrive with mixed form, despite having played five of the bottom clubs in their last five matches. That run of results, and precious little else, has made Tottenham hot favourites ahead of the match.
There are very few reports around in regards to team news. Lucas Moura and Tanguy Ndombele returned to the squad last weekend after missing the game with Sheffield United and neither has any issues moving forward. Meanwhile, there are no updates on Ben Davies who has been on the sidelines for some time.
It’s surprisingly quiet so we’ll assume that the squad is close to full fitness but it’s a case of tuning in to the manager’s press conference for confirmation.
Spurs are clear in the outright result markets and the best industry odds on the home win stand at just 14/25 from Novibet. The draw is the next listed option at a top price of 18/5 with Unibet while victory for Wolves is out at 23/4 with Unibet once again.
Our opponents’ recent form makes for interesting reading. Fans would have felt that the fixture list had been kind to them as their last five games have been against Fulham, Sheffield United, Burnley, West Brom and Brighton. All three relegated sides are in there, along with two additional strugglers, yet Wolves lost 4-0 to Burnley and drew away to West Brom.
While they did beat the remaining three clubs, all of those wins were by single goal margins. Meanwhile, our home record under Ryan Mason is 100% but the manner of that defeat to Leeds last weekend suggests that neutrals will be looking at a draw at the very least.
With Tottenham so heavily favoured in the result betting, Spurs players dominate the top of the individual goal scorer betting. Harry Kane is the favourite to find the net first at best odds of 3/1 with Unibet while the same bookmaker offers 4/1 on Gareth Bale and 23/5 on Son Heung-Min.
Carlos Vinicius is listed at a best of 5/1 with BetFred but, as he doesn’t seem to be part of our immediate or future plans, he’s probably best avoided. A more logical option might be to back Lucas Moura at best odds of 10/1 with 10Bet or 888Sport while other players from the home side include Steven Bergwijn at 11/1 with RedZone, Dele Alli at 12/1 with MansionBet and Erik Lamela at 12/1 with SportNation.
The first representative for Wolverhampton Wanderers is Fabio Silva at 19/2 with Unibet. Having been without the services of Raul Jimenez for much of the season, Wolves have been short of firepower and back up forward Silva has just four goals in 29 league games.
Elsewhere, Both Teams to Score has crept above Even Money and can be claimed this week at best industry odds of 21/20 with Unibet. Wolves have scored just five times in their last five matches and that’s one of the reasons for their relatively high price. Tottenham have conceded once at home under Ryan Mason but that’s a generous price for what looks to be a likely outcome.
Total Goals usually delivers good options when Both Teams to Score is high and bets Over the 2.5 line will attract reasonable best odds of 10/11 with BetFred. A push to Over the 3.5 line sees that increase to 9/4 with Unibet. The trends indicate a low scoring afternoon but trends are there to be broken.
As for Correct Score options, a high scoring draw could be the favoured pick of neutrals and a 2-2 outcome is quoted at 18/1 with 888Sport and GentingBet. If you feel that Spurs can edge a high scorer then you can get 28/1 with GentingBet and Novibet for a 3-2 home win while the same outcome in favour of Wolves is on offer at 66/1 with GentingBet once again.
Head to head results since Wolves returned to the Premier League are even, with one draw and two wins apiece. Back in March 2020, the corresponding fixture ended in defeat as a 73rd minute Raul Jimenez goal secured a 3-2 victory for our opponents.
Things had started brightly when Steven Bergwijn put us into an early lead but Matt Doherty, who would sign for Spurs in the following transfer window, equalised 27 minutes later. Serge Aurier restored the advantage but second half strikes from Diogo Jota and Jimenez sealed the victory.
None of Wolves’ three goal scorers will be lining up in Old Gold on Sunday but it’s the loss of Jota and Jimenez that’s really affecting the team. They’ve been less of a danger this season but can Tottenham take advantage?
It’s hard to judge the mood of readers and the fanbase as a whole. We try to keep things positive here but it’s all just a little flat at the moment. It’s particularly hard to predict just what’s going to happen when you consider some of our performances since the start of the New Year.
The good news is that Wolves are on a poor run and, with the quality in our squad we should be winning it. As for our recommendations, we’ll stay with the side markets and start with Both Teams to Score. It’s at good odds this week and, while goals have been hard to come by for these sides, that trend should change in a more open 90 minutes. For the same reason, we’ll back Over the 3.5 line in the Total Goals market.
Finally, it should be a tight afternoon and we’ll finish with our semi-regular pick of either team to win by one goal. We’re hopeful, if not exactly confident that it will be Tottenham who claim the three points.
- Both Teams to Score at 21/20 with Unibet
- Over 3.5 goals at 9/4 with Unibet
- Winning Margin of one goal on either side at 8/5 with Betway