Spurs and Everton are currently placed 10th and ninth respectively at the moment but so tight is the top of the table, a win for either here could see them move into the top four. The race for Champions League qualification looks closer than ever this term and both are still very much in the hunt.
Both sides have also qualified for the next phase of the Europa League with a game to spare having recorded important wins on Thursday. Given neither have quite produced their best following their Europa exploits this should be a fascinating contest and fatigue could be an issue.
Everton, in particular, have a number of defensive injuries and whilst they are starting to get some players back, midfield dynamo James McCarthy is a doubt having aggravated an ongoing issue against Wolfsburg on Thursday. The Toffees will miss him, with Gareth Barry also out, and if they are without their two midfield anchors the home side could have a real chance to get at Roberto Martinez’s men.
However. Everton are sure to feel they have a good chance, primarily because Mauricio Pochettino’s men have been very average in front of their own fans. They have amassed just six points from six home games, only managing to score seven goals (and four of those came in one game against bottom of the table QPR!) in the process. Given Everton have a very good defensive record on the road and have also kept five clean sheets in their last eight, perhaps an upset is on the cards here?
BetVictor are offering an interesting promotion for this match and will refund losing bets – as free bet Promo Cash – if either side comes from behind to win. Given Spurs are making a major habit of doing that this term and the Toffees also like to score late goals, this is a dangerous ploy from BetVictor and certainly offers a good deal of extra value to your bets.
The offer applies to bets placed on certain markets and those eligible are: half-time/full-time, scorecast & spincast, correct score, first/last/anytime goalscorer. Just place a bet on those markets of up to £10 and if it loses but either side come from behind to win you’ll get your stake back as a freebie. Less than two years ago Everton famously scored twice in stoppage time to beat Tottenham 2-1 and if lightning strikes twice this will offer a brilliant back-up to any losing bets.
Given both sides are strong at the back we suspect this may not be as entertaining a game as some are predicting, especially with the issue of the Europa games. As such we like the look of 1-1, available at 13/2, whilst backing Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku to score first also appeals at the same price, such is the Everton man’s form of late.