How the Bookies See It:
- Winner: Tottenham 1/4, Draw 5/1, Middlesbrough 12/1 – Paddy Power
- Goals Over/Under 2.5: Over 8/11, Under Evens – Bet365
- Half-time/Full-time: Tottenham/Tottenham 4/5, Draw/Tottenham 3/1, Draw/Draw 13/2 – Ladbrokes
- Tottenham have won 13, drawn eight and lost just two of their 23 Premier League matches this season, which puts them on 47 points and second in the table, just nine points behind the current leaders, Chelsea. The team have won six of their last eight league matches, and have also won their last two FA Cup matches, which gives them an 80% strike rate from the last 10 matches overall. Add in two draws from their last two Premier League matches and Spurs are enjoying an unbeaten run which began in mid-December. They have scored 45 goals and conceded 16 from their 23 league games, giving them an average of 1.95 goals scored per match.
- Middlesbrough have won just four of their 23 league matches, with nine draws and ten losses. They will come to this match after holding West Bromwich Albion to a 1-1 draw on Tuesday 31st January, and in their previous FA Cup match against Accrington on 28th January they managed to secure a 1-0 win. Unfortunately, when one looks at their Premier League form alone, Middlesbrough aren’t faring too well, having won just two matches from their last ten, the most recent being on Saturday 17th December. The team have scored 19 goals and conceded 26 from their 23 league games, giving them an average of 0.82 goals scored per match.
Middlesbrough’s success in the FA Cup in recent weeks is a silver lining in an otherwise fairly grey cloud of mediocre performance, and the formbook strongly suggests that they will not repeat that feat against a side of the quality of Spurs.
Tottenham have performed extremely well this season, and have never been stronger than over the last two months, so the team are impossible to oppose for the coming match on the basis of recent form. The question is therefore how to bet most effectively on the match, since the odds available about an outright home win are quite paltry. The goal averages suggest that Tottenham could win this match with a 2-1 score line, but we could just as easily see them win 2-0, so we don’t fancy betting on there being over 2.5 goals at the price offered. We will therefore bet on the home side winning at both half-time and full-time, and hope that Spurs can establish and maintain an early lead.
- Sports.net’s top tip: Tottenham to win Half-time/Full-time – 4/5 with Ladbrokes
*Please note that odds may fluctuate in the run-up to kick-off.