Tottenham can nick an away win over Everton in close contest at Goodison ParkPublished December 31, 2015
On Sunday afternoon at 4pm, Roberto Martinez’s Everton side, welcome high-flying Tottenham to Goodison Park, as the ‘Toffees’ look to improve a poor recent record against the north London side.
Everton currently sit eleventh in the table, some four points adrift of the top six. Their current form has been disappointing, with just one victory in the last five matches played, yet they are surprising narrow favourites at 13/8 with Sportingbet to win the match.
Defensive frailties have seen Everton concede three and four goals in recent games against Leicester and Stoke respectively, although a clean sheet against Newcastle in between those shows a lack of consistency more than major issues at the back.
Tottenham currently reside in third in the Premier League table, as Mauricio Pochettino’s young side continue their excellent season. Four wins in the last five matches have cast Spurs as potential title challengers, as the side with the meanest defence continue to chase the leaders.
The bookies can barely split these two teams and Spurs go into this match as marginal outsiders with most firms and are top priced at 7/4 with BetVictor, despite their decent record against the home side.That head-to-head record certainly favours Tottenham, with Everton failing to beat the Londoners in the last six meetings (Spurs have won three).
Goals are a rare commodity in this fixture, with just five goals scored in the last five meetings between them. Under 1.5 goals is top priced at 10/3 with BetVictor, however with Romelu Lukaku (15 goals) and Harry Kane (11 goals) in great form, some may fancy a few goals to be scored and may be tempted by the 4/5 on offer from Skybet on there being Over 2.5 goals.
In terms of team news, Everton welcome the return of Phil Jagielka to the back line, while I expect a change in formation, with the 4-3-3 against Stoke, likely to be ditched to bring an extra body or two into midfield. Likewise, it would be surprising to see Spurs play the 3-4-2-1 formation they did at Watford, with a standard back four expected to start.
With both attacks playing so well at the moment I think there should be a few goals here. On current form and recent meetings, Tottenham look set to grab another victory and extend their unbeaten run over Everton to seven matches.