Everton vs Tottenham Hotspur Betting Preview – 23/12/2018

Everton vs Tottenham Hotspur Betting Preview – 23/12/2018

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Everton vs Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has been given plenty to smile about in recent weeks, with his side in excellent form meaning they’re guaranteed a place in an extra-competitive top four come Christmas, the halfway point of the Premier League season. But he might not be smiling on Sunday afternoon as his team face a tough test at Goodison Park to play Marco Silva’s much-improved Everton.

With just one win from their last five games, Everton appear to be in poor form and struggling at the moment. But appearances can be deceiving, and recent performances have shown they can be a match for any Champions League-chasing side.

After winning four of their previous five games, they went to Stamford Bridge and held Chelsea to a 0-0 draw, being good value for their point and a little unfortunate not to take all three. Against local rivals Liverpool, they matched Jurgen Klopp’s record-breaking team for over 90 minutes, arguably shading the game in terms of chances, before Divock Origi’s freak winner broke their hearts in injury time. Last week against Manchester City they were undone in moments of incisive, clinical quality, which should be no reflection on Everton given the quality of opposition.

Silva will have been disappointed that his team didn’t take more than two points from Newcastle and Watford, but the results – and Lucas Digne’s injury-time free-kick equaliser deserves a special mention – extended their run at Goodison to six games unbeaten, winning four in a row and drawing two. They’ve got the fifth best home form in the league overall, and can be backed at 9/4 with Bet365 to record another win.

Idrissa Gueye is touch-and-go to return and the only real concern for Silva in terms of personnel, as the Portuguese manager is expected to continue with his favoured 4-2-3-1 formation with Theo Walcott and Bernard flanking Gylfi Sigurdsson in an advanced number ten role, with Richarlison leading the line. The Brazilian has eight goals this season and two from his last three appearances – he can be backed at 2/1 with SkyBet to score anytime.

Tottenham travel to Merseyside in high spirits, having eliminated local rivals Arsenal from the Carabao Cup with a dominant 2-0 win at the Emirates in midweek. Since losing to Unai Emery’s side 4-2 at the start of the month, they’ve won four out of the last five games, with the other result a 1-1 draw away at Barcelona, a result that saw them qualify from their Champions League group. In total, that’s ten wins from their last 12 games in all competitions.

Harry Kane featured for just over half an hour against Arsenal, so he should be fit and fresh to lead the line here. The England striker has 9 league goals so far this season. He’s failed to score in any of his last four appearances but recorded an assist in each of his last three as he continues to look sharp and dangerous. He can be backed at 5/6 to score anytime with Paddy Power, or can be backed at 4/1 with William Hill to score two or more.

Spurs are unbeaten in their last six meetings with Everton, winning the last three, including an emphatic 7-0 aggregate double over them last season, including a 3-0 at Goodison Park last September. A Harry Kane double and one from Christian Eriksen piled the pressure on then-boss Ronald Koeman, who would depart the club shortly after. They can be backed at 13/10 with Betway to continue this winning streak going and make it four in a row against Everton.

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