Everton and Tottenham can serve up a treat when they clash on Sunday afternoon.
Everton’s games certainly aren’t boring at the moment, as despite Leicester and Man City being the only sides to score more often they find themselves in the bottom half of the table. That can largely be explained by a defence that has conceded 20 times in their last 11 games and their last 10 matches have seen exactly 40 goals. Spurs are probably the form side in the league right now so there’s every chance of that run continuing.
Goodison has tended to be one of the toughest places to go in recent years but Everton have now lost their last four matches here against top-six teams and their defensive troubles are proving costly. One of those defeats was against Spurs in the final game of last season and they’ve not won any of their last six meetings with the capital club. Spurs have won their last three matches to move into title contention and they’ve lost just one of their last 18 games while they’ve won 13 of 28 road trips since the start of last season. Furthermore, they’ve won half their 12 trips to middle-third teams with only two defeats. However, there’s not a lot between the teams and since 2007/08 Spurs’ win last term was just their first in this fixture in eight years with four draws.
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Such is the attacking capability of both teams, with Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane both in excellent form, that the goals markets look the best bets in this game. 18 of Spurs’ last 27 away matches have had at least three goals with both teams scoring in the same number. Furthermore, nine of their last 12 trips to middle-third teams have had at least three goals with five having four or more and given the nature of Everton’s matches over the past few months we could see the festive fun continue a bit longer.
With goals likely at both ends Kane and Lukaku are the prime candidates. Kane has netted in six of his last 10 matches while Lukaku has struck in eight of his last nine and they can be backed at 2.38 and 2.40 to score respectively.
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