Teams with contrasting ambitions meet in north London on Saturday. Following a strong start to the campaign. Tottenham have set their sights on a top four finish and a continuing appearance in the Champions League.
For Everton, the team have made marginal improvements on last season. While they could yet be sucked into a relegation battle, the Toffees should be safer this time, but fans will not be happy to see the side plod along in the lower half of the table. This is the 5.30pm, evening kick-off but what are the bookmakers saying? Let’s dive in with our full THFC vs EFC preview and conclude with betting tips.
It is no surprise that Spurs start as favourites but, as a best industry price, 1/2 on the home win may be a little short for comfort. The draw follows on at a general 7/2 while victory for Everton can be found out at 6/1. Tottenham may have lost their unbeaten league record in the north London derby at the start of the month, but Antonio Conte’s men returned to winning ways with a 1-0 victory over Brighton last time out.
A day later, Everton lost 1-2 at home to Manchester United. There’s no shame in losing to an improving Red Devils’ side but Frank Lampard’s men sit in twelfth after a slow start to 2023. Ten points and nine places separate the teams so the match market is to be expected. However, the Toffees have caused some upsets against Saturday’s opponents in the recent past and maybe this preview shouldn’t write them off.
Harry Kane scored the only goal in Spurs’ 1-0 win over Brighton. It was his eighth league goal of the campaign and he was also on target in the 3-2 win over Eintracht Frankfurt in midweek. Kane is the clear favourite to open the scoring on Saturday and he’s very short at 3/1.
Son Heung-Min struck a double in the Champions League game and he is slightly further back at best odds of 9/2 while Richarlison follows at a top price of 11/2.
Everton’s first option in this market is Dominic Calvert-Lewin at 17/2. He scored the only goal when Everton beat Spurs at the start of 2020/21, but hasn’t been able to replicate his stats from that productive season.
In terms of some value behind the main strikers, Dejan Kulusevski could be an option for Spurs at 8/1. He has been tipped to return after a brief injury lay off, but it is wise to check the team sheets before committing to the Swedish international.
For Everton, Conor Coady scored his team’s first goal in the recent win over Southampton and he’s down at a best of 55/1 in Saturday’s first goalscorer market.
Both Teams to Score continues our regular round up of side bets and it is on offer this time at 17/20 in many places. The ‘no’ option remains below evens and can currently be found at best industry odds of 20/21.
Moving across to Total Combined Goals, a stake Over the 2.5 line is currently met with best industry odds of 4/5 while a push to Over 3.5 lifts the figures to a top price of 2/1. Anyone expecting a low scoring encounter at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium can find general odds of even money to go Under 2.5 goals.
We finish with some Correct Score suggestions. The bookmakers are pointing to a comfortable home win and a score of Spurs 3 Everton 1 might attract some interest at 12/1. A 2-1 victory for Everton can be found at 20/1, while a 1-1 draw carries one of the shorter prices in this market at 17/2.
Our Preview’s THFC vs EFC Betting Tips Verdict
Anyone considering the goals markets should take a careful look at Everton’s record in front of the net. In ten games so far this season, they have only scored two in a match on one occasion. Struggling Southampton were the unlucky opponents on that day.
Lampard’s team have scored just eight goals in nine league games to date and that doesn’t suggest a feast of attacking intent from the away side. Tottenham won 5-0 in the corresponding fixture last season and fans would obviously hope for something similar.
Spurs should certainly take the points but we suspect that it will be a higher scoring affair than the side bets suggest. Over 3.5 goals is our first pick and it carries a relatively generous price of 2/1.
As for the second bet, the home win looks short at 1/2 while Both Teams to Score is a little better at 17/20. This preview would like to finish with an odds against price and Son Heung-Min to score at any time in 90 minutes is the selection at 8/5. The South Korean is back to form with five goals in his last five matches and he should be on target again to guide Tottenham to the three points. These are our betting tips for this preview: