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Tottenham v Everton Betting Preview 5/2/17

Tottenham v Everton betting preview

This Sunday lunchtime’s clash between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton promises to be an attractive affair with both sides boasting plenty of firepower.

Indeed, much of the build-up has focussed on the merits of star strikers Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku with both men expected to star at White Hart Lane.

But before we get into that, let’s look at the teams’ respective recent form.

Spurs currently sit second in the Premier League table with the Toffees nine points behind in seventh position.

Betting giants Ladbrokes have the hosts down as 8/13 (1.62) favourites to win the game with Ronald Koeman’s side the 9/2 (5.50) outsiders and the draw available at 14/5 (3.80).

There could well be value in the latter option given the fact that five of the last eight meetings have ended with honours even, including each of the last three.

However, this top bookmaker is offering even more eye-catching bets.

Tottenham have been in cracking form at White Hart Lane this season and are currently unbeaten on home turf in the league.

Incredibly, Mauricio Pochettino’s side have won 11 of their 13 games at the Lane and nine of those without conceding.

It’s 11/8 (2.38) for Tottenham to keep a clean sheet with 7/4 (2.75) for the Lilywhites to win to nil.

However, if you can see Lukaku and co. causing them problems then get on the value-packed 8/15 (1.53) for Everton to score over 0.5 goals.

The visitors’ Belgian star is 7/4 (2.75) to net at any time and add to his 17-goal haul while Kane is 14/1 (15.0) to follow-up last weekend’s hat-trick against Stoke with another three-goal salvo.

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Hull City vs Everton

Hull City v Everton Preview: Late fireworks expected at the KCOM Stadium

It all started so well for Hull City after their return to the Premier League but ultimately the Tigers look as if they are going to come up short in the top flight once more and they are 10/3 (4.33) outsiders on home soil to end on 2017 on a relative high with a win over Everton.

It’s been a tough hand to play for Mike Phelan, the former Manchester United man took over with little to no time to prepare for the new season after Steve Bruce’s departure and is working with a squad that is clearly one of the weakest in the division without much opportunity to strengthen.

The Toffees will no doubt be boosted by their 2-0 win over Leicester on Boxing Day, a result that snapped a pretty poor away record of five defeats in their previous six Premier League away days prior to their visit to the King Power Stadium.

They’re at odds of 19/20 (1.95) to record another win on the road but there are certainly better options in the market than taking an odds-on quote about a team who have struggled regularly away from Goodison Park this term. The draw is a 9/4 (3.25) chance but in truth none of the match odds prices appeal particularly.

Given that Hull are the lowest scorers in the division with just 14 strikes in 18 matches, opposing goals could be a popular wager, the under 2.5 line is priced at just 4/6 (1.67) though. That is tough to back considering the hosts’ occasional collapse under pressure and Everton’s away day blues.

Instead, the best option is to look to a wager which paid out comfortably last time we backed it in a match involving Hull City, the second half to be the highest scoring of the match.

The Tigers showed stern resistance against Manchester City in their previous game with the home side keeping Pep Guardiola’s men at bay going into the half time interval. As is often the case though they were unable to continue that defensive showing and leaked three second half strikes as their backline tired out.

This bet is offered at 11/10 (2.10) and looks to have strong claims considering the stats of these two teams. Hull have scored just three times before half time in the Premier League this season, leaking 12 times, compare that with their second half tallies of 11 goals scored and a staggering 27 conceded.

That suggests the wager is worth adding to any potential shortlist but even more so when discovering Everton have scored 65.2% of their league goals after the break this term.

Hull could well come up short again here, they’re bottom of the form table (8 games), the actual table and 19th in goals conceded. However, the early resistance they’ve showed on several occasions, particularly at home, could mean that punters can profit from another late show, especially at tempting odds such as 11/10 (2.10).

Merseyside Derby

Liverpool And Everton Clash In Merseyside Derby

For a while it looked as though the first Merseyside Derby of the season, this Saturday, was going to be in danger. This is because it seemed as though the penalty shootout between Liverpool and Middlesbrough in front of the Kop was never going to end. Just as some of the younger players in the squad, never minds the fans, were getting ready to be tucked up in their sleep, the sudden death nature of the shoot-out came to the fore and Liverpool sneaked through after a long and exciting night at Anfield. In comparison, Everton’s tame surrender against Swansea in the Capital One Cup was a meek performance and it will be interesting to see how both sides react to their midweek exertions.

Then again, neither side is likely to be too bothered about the old League Cup, with more attention being placed on their league form. Sadly for the two teams from Liverpool, the new season hasn’t started with much to smile about. Both started the season with genuine hopes of being near the top of the table and challenging for the Champions League places but at the moment, both sides are languishing in the bottom half of the table. Yes, it is every early days, but there are plenty of problems and issues for both sides to contend with.

Liverpool come into this game on a poor run of league form

Liverpool have lost their last two league games, at home to Aston Villa and away to West Ham. The results were bad enough but the level of performance in both games was extremely poor and there is no getting away from the fact that Liverpool are missing Sturridge. The loss of the Urugayan was going to present problems but with Sturridge picking up an injury on England duty, Liverpool have found that their attacking menace and vigour, which carried them so close to the title last season, has been lost. Mario Ballotelli is still finding his feet at his new club and there is a real shortage of the energy and excitement that Liverpool rediscovered last term.

It is not as though all of their problems are up front though as their defence has been poor, with Simon Mignolet giving cause for concern as well. Mind you, if we are talking about poor defensive records, Everton are the team to talk about. Tim Howard may have been dubbed the US Secretary of Defence at the World Cup after a stunning showing against Belgium but at the moment, he is more likely to be seen as the US Secretary with no defence! Everton have just one win in 5 games and have suffered two defeats, including a home loss against Crystal Palace. Everton had an excellent defensive record last season but this year, they have struggled to find form.

Everton are scoring but they are conceding a lot too

Up the other end of the pitch, Everton look strong and are in better form that their Scouse counterparts. Only Chelsea have notched more league goals than Everton so far and the goals have been firing in from a number of players. In this light, and noting that Liverpool haven’t had the best defensive record either, you’d have to fancy Everton to grab a goal or two. In fact, the game is definitely screaming out as a Both Teams To Score type of match.

Derbies can be cagey affairs and to be fair, Liverpool have a strong record against Everton. They are unbeaten in the last 8 Merseyside derbies and Everton have not tasted victory at Anfield this millennium. With Liverpool having one eye on a Champions League game in midweek, and both teams struggling to keep out opposition attacks, Everton could just sneak a win which their fans have been waiting a very long time for. However, such is the nature of Merseyside derbies of late, a score draw would not be a surprise.

As for odds, Bet365 are currently offering Liverpool to win at 17/20 and Everton at 3/1 with the stalemate at 13/5 !