Wolverhampton Wanderers v Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League Focus After EPL Damp Squib

wolverhamptonSpurs need to quickly forget about Wednesday’s Champions League defeat and remember just why the team started with a weakened XI. The focus is on the Premier League with two tough fixtures before Christmas, starting with this away trip to Wolves on Sunday – kick off at 2pm.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have impressed again at the start of this campaign and will begin the match one place and one point ahead of us. Will we leapfrog the men from Molineux or will the hosts prevail?

Team News

There were few risks taken against Bayern Munich and those who did take to the field at the Allianz have appeared to emerge unscathed. Could we see a starting berth for Ryan Sessegnon after what was described by some as a Man of the Match Display?

Elsewhere, the latest injury related mystery surrounding Erik Lamela rumbles on. Every week his potential return gets delayed further and this week is no exception. It’s a similar situation for Michel Vorm while Ben Davies and Hugo Lloris remain confirmed as long term injury doubts.

Harry Winks and Tanguy Ndombele are expected to be passed fit and should be involved somewhere in the 18 man squad. There are no suspensions for this match so Jose Mourinho can look for his preferred Premier League starting XI following the changes in midweek.

Match Odds

Wolves are having a good season and it’s no surprise to see odds-against prices on all three possible outcomes in this game. Tottenham go in as favourites and you can pick up the away side at best industry odds of 13/10 with Unibet. Victory for Wolves is next at a top price of 40/17 with 10Bet while the draw rounds it off at 5/2 with William Hill and SportNation.

This looks to be the toughest of all Premier League games this weekend and many will sit on the fence and opt for the draw. It wouldn’t be the worst outcome for Jose Mourinho’s side but we really need the points against genuine rivals for a top four place. If we’re to edge home, who are the men who can snatch the points?

Other Side Bets

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Harry Kane

Harry Kane will presumably return to spearhead Tottenham’s attack after being rested against Bayern Munich on Wednesday night. Hopefully our main striker will be fresh and ready to go and Kane is favourite to open the scoring at best odds of 4/1 with Unibet and 888Sport.

Wolves have a live contender and the man to watch, as far as the bookies are concerned, is Raul Jimenez who is quoted at a top price of 11/2 with BetFred and Betway. Troy Parrott then slots in at 6/1 with BetFred again but as a potential substitute at best, we should probably look elsewhere. Therefore, why not look at Son Heung-Min at a top price of 7/1 or Lucas Moura at best odds of 8/1 – both with BetFred once again.

Many Wolves players offer an option including Diogo Jota at a top price of 9/1 with Unibet but if you want to come back to Spurs, Dele Alli’s recent record makes him a tempting option at a best of 15/2 with 888Sport.

Moving away from the goalscorer betting and on to our regular set of side bets, Both Teams to Score starts things off at best odds of 8/11 with BetFred and VBet. This option will almost always dip below Even Money and this week’s price might actually offer some reasonable value.

In the Total Goals Betting, the relative safety that is betting Over the 2.5 line is on offer here at 4/5 with Betway but if you want to push that a little further, Unibet have a top price of 47/20 on Over 3.5.

We think it’s going to be tight and one goal should be enough to win it. If, however, you are backing the draw then you could claim a 2-2 final outcome at 13/1 with SportingBet in the Correct Score markets. Alternatively, 2-1 to Spurs is quoted at 33/4 with SportingBet while 2-1 in favour of Wolves is listed at 45/4 with 10Bet.

Dangerman

The odds setters have put the Mexican international Raul Jimenez down as the dangerman this week. The striker joined Wolves on a permanent basis earlier this year, following a successful loan spell in 2018/19 and so far he has scored six goals in 16 Premier League games this season. Jimenez’s biggest contribution has come in Europe where nine goals in 11 helped to boost Wolves’ Europa League campaign.

Our opponents on Sunday have scored 23 goals in the Premier League so far and that’s the lowest of the top seven but there appears to be a clear threat from their Mexican international striker. Add in the fact that Diogo Jota scored a hat trick on Thursday night and our defence could be in for a busy 90 minutes.

Head to Head

tottenhamThe first match between these two historic clubs took place in 1908 and there have been some memorable encounters over the years. Spurs and Wolves met in the first ever UEFA Cup Final in 1972 and nine years later they were paired together in the semi final of the 1981 FA Cup.

In total, there have 95 matches prior to Sunday. Tottenham have the upper hand with 47 wins while there have been 28 victories for Wolves and 20 draws. As always, those stats really mean nothing and it’s all about the next win but it is interesting to look back over those numbers.

Verdict

Wolves can be dangerous opponents for any side and our general improvement under Jose Mourinho needs to keep its momentum. One point in our favour is that we played that changed side on Wednesday night so most of our key players are rested while Wolves were in Thursday night Europa League action at home to Besiktas.

It should still be tight and our occasional bet of 13/10 with Betway on any side to win by just one goal looks a good value option. Both Teams to Score should be safe and we’ll finish with Dele Alli to score at any time. This is just the sort of tight game where Dele used to make the difference so we’re backing him to step up now that he’s showed a return to form.

Best Bets:

  • Both Teams to Score at 8/11 with BetFred
  • Dele Alli to score anytime at 3/1 with VBet
  • Winning Margin of one goal on either side at 13/10 with Betway

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