Stoke v Spurs Betting Preview

SkySports1 Monday 18th April / 8pm

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
YesTottenham To Score 2+ Goals4/5Coral
Harry Kane (ew)First Goalscorer4/1Paddy Power
Tottenham 2-0Correct Score8/1BetVictor

Leicester’s draw with West Ham on Sunday has given Tottenham a glimmer of hope in the title race, although they must still close an eight-point gap over their remaining five games, starting at Stoke on Monday night.

Spurs were pushed out to 6/1 for the title when Jamie Vardy put Leicester ahead against the Hammers, but by Sunday evening they were back in to a best price of 7/2 with BetVictor, as the Foxes almost let three points slip from their grasp, before rescuing one with Leonardo Ulloa’s stoppage time penalty.

Tottenham, who brushed Man United aside for their 9th win in 12 games in their most recent outing, were 20/21 a week ago to win in the Potteries, but that price has been forced in to a best of 3/4 with Paddy Power, with several firms going as short as 8/11. Stoke can be backed at 9/2 and the draw at 3/1 – both with Bet365.

However, Betfair are offering new customers enhanced odds of 6/1 for Spurs to win this game here.

It seems an awfully long time since Spurs were held to a 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane by Mark Hughes’ side back in August, as they went four games without a win at the start of the season. They have since won 18 of 29 matches and they have been particularly strong on the road, suffering only one away defeat in 15 games.

Only Arsenal, Leicester and Liverpool have scored more than Tottenham’s 27 away goals – and all from one more game – and Mauricio Pocchetino’s side have scored at least two goals in six of their last nine away games. Coupled with a dip in Stoke’s defensive form, we recommended backing them at best price 4/5 with Coral to score two or more goals at the Britannia Stadium.

The way Spurs play away from home has benefitted Harry Kane in particular. Beginning with a hat-trick at Bournemouth in October, the England striker has scored 12 goals in 12 away league games and despite the short price, he must be considered at 4/1 to score first with Paddy Power, especially as Spurs have the meanest defence in the competition, conceding five fewer than any of their rivals and less than a goal a game on their travels.

For Stoke’s part, their results are exactly as you would expect from a team in mid-table. Over the last couple of months they have beaten Norwich, Bournemouth, Aston Villa, Newcastle and Watford, but they have come up short against Manchester United, Leicester, Everton, Southampton and Liverpool.

City were springing surprises in the autumn, but look much less likely to do so now and they were woeful at Anfield last weekend. A record of one clean sheet in their last 11 league games, compared to eight in 11 from October to December, suggests their standards have declined dramatically since the New Year.

It must be difficult for a team in ninth place to focus their minds for the closing weeks of the season, with a major tournament or even just a summer holiday on the horizon, and this fixture appears more straightforward now for Spurs than it might have done in December. BetVictor are offering 8/1 that the visitors win 2-0 and that is our final selection.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
YesTottenham To Score 2+ Goals4/5Coral
Harry Kane (ew)First Goalscorer4/1Paddy Power
Tottenham 2-0Correct Score8/1BetVictor