Premier League Betting Preview: Bolton could upset Spurs

Both teams need points for different reasons when they clash in the Premier League on Wednesday night. Adam Bate thinks the home side could be a good bet.
With Roy Hodgson now confirmed as England manager, perhaps all will be well again at Tottenham.

Harry Redknapp has confirmed he had never given any thought to the national team job and was happy at Spurs all along. Honest. And not a moment too soon for Tottenham fans, no doubt.

Three wins would be enough to secure fourth spot and, Chelsea heroics notwithstanding, Champions League football at White Hart Lane next season.

Tottenham are 5/6 (1.83) with William Hill to go to relegation strugglers Bolton and pick up their first Premier League away win of 2012.

If they are to achieve that feat, they will have to inflict a damaging defeat on the Trotters, who find themselves in a battle for survival.

A point would lift Owen Coyle’s men out of the drop zone and the draw is available at 13/5 (3.6).

But Bolton have been in improved form of late, winning four of their last eight and showing good spirit. They are 16/5 (4.2) with William Hill to cause an upset in this one.

In the other markets, the fact that Spurs haven’t scored away since that fateful day at Arsenal, when a 2-0 goal lead became a 5-2 defeat, may lead you to conclude Redknapp’s team will draw a blank here.

But Bolton have kept just three clean sheets all season and the smart money is in backing both teams to score at 8/13 (1.62).

In the goalscorer markets, Rafael van der Vaart is best placed to grab a goal for the visitors having opened Spurs’ account in three of the last four games they’ve scored in.

He’s available at 13/2 (7.5) to score first.

But perhaps the more tempting bet is Kevin Davies to score a header at anytime – as he did at Sunderland at the weekend. That’s available at enhanced odds of 8/1 (9.0) with William Hill.

With Spurs vulnerable, that’s the value bet in this one at a standout price which is by the far the best on offer.

But for the pick of the bets, with Bolton scrapping to avoid the drop and Fabrice Muamba attending the game a little over six weeks after his on-pitch cardiac arrest, expect Bolton to be up for this one.

Cover the possibility of a draw by tipping Bolton in the 'draw no bet' market at 2/1 (3.0) with William Hill.

Bolton to win (draw no bet) at 2/1 (3.0) with William Hill
Davies to score a header at 8/1 (9.0) with William Hill

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Adam Bate is a professional freelance journalist who specialises in football and betting. He is editor of GhostGoal which can be found here - you can also follow Adam on Twitter