In a crucial match in the battle for the top four, third-placed Tottenham Hotspur host sixth-placed Everton at White Hart Lane this afternoon.
After his injury blow in Thursday night’s Europa League clash with FC Basel, Tottenham will be forced to answer the question critics have been levelling at their Champions League qualifying credentials – how good are they without Gareth Bale?
Arriving into the match in indifferent form, Spurs are slender 6/5 favourites. Everton are 11/5 in a tie they must be desperate to get something out of, although they are also without their top scorer – Manuel Fellaini is suspended along with Steven Pienaar. Odds of 23/10 are on offer for a draw.
Here are five key stats to inform any betting choices ahead of the match:
2 – Everton’s two wins in their last 11 away Premier League matches is not the kind of stat you would associate with top four contenders. You can bet on either a Spurs win or a draw at 7/20 on the double chance market.
2 – In six of the last eight meetings between Tottenham and Everton in all competitions, the side hosting have scored two goals. Spurs are 5/2 to net twice on Sunday.
5 – In the likely absence of both Gareth Bale and Jermain Defoe through injury, Clint Dempsey should be Spurs’ top scorer of those available for selection on Sunday with five league goals. The combative American is 6/1 to score first.
18 – Of Tottenham’s 53 goals this season, only 18 have come in the first half. They are 4/5 not to score in the first half on Sunday (most probably without their top goalscorer Bale).
27 – Everton on the other hand have a preference for early strikes, netting 27 of their 47 efforts this season in the first 45. You can get 12/1 for Everton to lead at the break and a draw at full-time.