Tottenham Hotspur - Everton Betting Preview: Backing goals can prove profitable at White Hart Lane

Andre Villas-Boas' men are on course for a Champions League place and Willie Duncan expects goals when they play host to the Toffees on Sunday
Tottenham Hotspur took a big step towards securing a Uefa Champions League qualification berth with an impressive 2-1 victory over Swansea City at Liberty Stadium last weekend, and the Lilywhites will be keen to consolidate their place in the top four of the Premier League when they welcome Everton to White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon.

Spurs were held in a pulsating 2-2 draw against Basel in the Europa League on Thursday and are chalked up as Bet365’s 13/10 (2.30) favourites to claim all three points against the Toffees.

The same firm go 2/1 (3.0) that David Moyes’ side, who ran out as 2-1 winners when the sides met at Goodison Park earlier in the season, complete the double over Andre Villas-Boas’ men. Bet365’s 12/5 (3.40) quote that the match ends in a stalemate also looks big enough to entice draw-backers here.

Everton come into this weekend’s fixture just six points adrift of Spurs, having won their last three Premier League matches, but David Moyes’ side will need to improve on their poor away record if they are to see off Spurs on Sunday.

The Toffees have failed to win any of their last five Premier League matches on the road and will be seeking just their fifth away win of the campaign when they travel to north London.

White Hart Lane, though, has not been a fortress for Spurs this term and Andre Villas-Boas’ side have won just eight of their 15 Premier League encounters on home turf this season so a close match seems likely this weekend.

It is worth noting that Spurs have managed just one clean sheet in their last 11 matches in all competitions while Everton have failed to score only twice in their last 11 games.

With that in mind Bet365’s 4/5 (1.80) quote for both teams to score offers considerable appeal while the even money (2.0) quote from the same firm for three or more goals to be scored looks to represent outstanding value.

Spurs will be without Jermain Defoe and Gareth Bale while Aaron Lennon and William Gallas limped out of Thursday night's clash with Basel.

As a result, Andre Villas-Boas will find his attacking options limited, but Lewis Holtby, who impressed against the Swiss side, is available at a massive 11/1 (12.0) with Bet365 to break the deadlock while the same firm go 7/2 (4.50) that the 22-year-old German scores his first goal for Spurs since joining the club in January on Sunday.

Both teams to score at 4/5 (1.80) with Bet365
Lewis Holtby to score at any time at 7/2 (4.50) with Bet365

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter