Tottenham’s hopes of Champions League football next season were given a major boost on Sunday after they saw off Manchester City 3-1 at White Hart Lane courtesy of a late flurry of goals, moving them to within one point of Chelsea in fourth place.
Just two points separate Spurs from Arsenal (over whom they have a game in hand) in third and their confidence will be sky-high as they travel to a struggling Wigan Athletic side who face a difficult battle to retain their top-flight status.
Andre Villas-Boas welcomed Jermain Defoe and Gareth Bale back from injury against Roberto Mancini’s men, and both players got straight back into the swing of things as they notched the all-important second and third goals of the game.
The match at the DW Stadium could see the return of Aaron Lennon, who has been on the sidelines for three weeks owing to a knee problem, and whose comeback will certainly aid their chances of pipping one of their London rivals to a top-four finish.
They do battle with a Latics side that come into the game on the back of two decent performances that yielded no points, the most recent being a 2-0 loss against West Ham at Upton Park on Saturday afternoon.
That leaves them three points from safety, albeit having played a game less than Aston Villa directly above them, in what could be a season of mixed emotions for the club as they look forward to an FA Cup final appearance against City next month.
Spurs are priced as 19/20 favourites to gain revenge for the 1-0 defeat Wigan inflicted upon them in the reverse fixture in November, with the draw at 12/5, while Roberto Martinez’s men can be backed at 14/5 to secure a league double over their visitors.
Goals have generally been on the agenda in games featuring the two clubs this season, with exactly two-thirds of both sides’ matches involving three or more, as have nine of their last 15 league meetings since Wigan were promoted to the Premier League.
Only Aston Villa and Reading have conceded more than the 60 goals the Latics have let in this term, while Spurs have recorded fewer clean sheets than any of the sides currently occupying the top half, their last coming at the beginning of February.
With this in mind, backing over 2.5 goals in the game at 18/25 looks a good bet, while over 3.5 goals, which would have paid out in Tottenham’s last two league outings, is an attractive price at 7/4, particularly with the return of key players to their squad.
Spurs to score more goals in the second half than the first at 29/20 also offer great value, with 38 of their strikes coming after the break, as opposed to 19 in the first 45, while they have also won the second half of 15 of their league games this term.
In the goalscorers market, the obvious choice is to go with Bale, who has notched 18 league goals this term and found the net three times in his last three matches against the Latics, and he is 4/1 to open proceedings, or 11/10 to score at any time.
Fellow attackers Defoe and Clint Dempsey also enjoy a goal against the Latics, having both found the net against Martinez’s men more times than any other club in their career: Defoe with ten in 12 games and Dempsey with six in 11 appearances.
Defoe is 13/10 to find the net at any point during the game, while Dempsey is an appealing 19/10 to score in the game and add to his equalising goal against City last weekend.
Tottenham have been impressive on the road this season, as only recently crowned champions Manchester United have won more games on their travels, while the Reds are the only side to have scored more away from home than Villas-Boas’ charges.
Factor in that Spurs have lost only one of their seven trips to the DW Stadium, while the Latics have picked up just one win at home against a side currently occupying the top half (West Ham) and the signs are good for the north London club.
A tenth away victory for Spurs looks well within their grasp and combining this with over 2.5 goals in the game, which has been priced at 19/10, looks the best bet of the day – snap it up now.