Spurs are a top priced 2.3 with William Hill to beat Everton at White Hart Lane in a game in which they will be without their influential goal scoring machine Gareth Bale.

Bale fell awkwardly on his right foot late in Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final first leg 2-2 draw with Basel, and suffered an ankle injury which boss Andres Villas-Boas hopes will only keep him on the sidelines for two games.

It is a huge blow which they could do without in the crucial run-in, but they still have a squad packed full of talent and bookmakers may well have over reacted in pushing out their price to win this.

As far as the stats are concerned, five of the last six Premier League clashes between these two teams have been won by the home team (one draw).

That’s good news for Spurs, especially given that Everton have not been at their best on their travels and are without a win in their last three away from home.

In Bales absence, Jermaine Defoe now heads the first goalscorer market at a top priced 6.5 with Paddy Power.

That price looks big given that he is generally 5.5 elsewhere, but I am going to stick with Jan Vertonghen who did us a massive favour when netting the first last weekend after being put up as the each-way value at massive odds of 21.

He has now scored four goals in his last five appearances in all competitions, and odds of 21 again with Betfred and Ladbrokes has to be each-way value given his current form.

In the correct score market I like the look of a 2-1 win for spurs at odds of 10 with Stan James in what promises to be a hard fought and close affair.

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  1. Spure will struglle to make attak time to recall DANY ROSE AND ANDRE TOWNSED TO——TODAY SPURE FORMATION—–4-1-2-3———FRIDEL—-WALKER—DAWSON—CAULKER—BAE—PARKER—-DEMBLELE—HOLTBY—DEMPSEY–ADABAYOR–SIGURDSSON

  2. The easy/quickest answer to this is YES!

    I have heard a lot of talk since Thursday about who’s going to score Spurs’ goals with the recently prolific Welshman, now injured.

    My answer is the same, the people that have scored before in the EPL. The likes of your Dempsey’, Sigurdssons’, Dembele’, Vertonghen’ and Adebayor’ are all capable of rising to the challenge over the short/middle term, and will have no greater opportunity to announce themselves as truly ‘big time’ players for the club, than to lead Spurs to GLORIOUS victory at a time when the team needs them to stand up and be counted.

    I also imagine that the enforced break Defoe, Lennon and Bale will now endure, will mean that when they do return to the fold, they will be as fresh as newly bloomed daisies, ready to exert their influence once again upon the side and help the lads make the final push towards CL qualification.

    I see these (minor) injuries to key personnel as a good thing, as it will allow us supporters to get a better appreciation as to exactly how good the squad actually is, technically and mentally.

    And while much has been made of the reduced level of pace that will be apparent within the side, little has been mentioned about the craft, guile, work rate and movement that a midfield containing: Dembele, Parker, Sigurdsson, Holtby and Dempsey SHOULD bring.
    Bearing in mind that Sigurdsson, Holtby and Dempsey have NOT played a huge amount of games for Spurs this season, they should be fresh and raring to go. Just what we need after a EL game on Thursday, I’d say!

    Tomorrows game is massive, at a decisive time in the season. A win, and we will more or less eliminate Evertons threat as CL qualification rivals, whilst potentially building a gap between us and the other 2 London clubs.
    And while it may not be ideal (for some) to see an ‘experimental’ Spurs field take the field for such an important match, I for one am very, very excited.

    HOLD YOUR FAITH AND KEEP YOUR NERVE!!!

  3. I think he puts holtby in his favoured position just behind the striker you will see the best of thi kid because his passing is second to none he sees the pass before he gets and if adebayor can get those legs moving he just might benefit from holtby and we need pace down the wing so put walker down there in front of naughton give baines something to think about

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