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Nic Ladds 6th Dec 2009 - 10:06

Redknapp's rage can help Spurs heap misery on Moyes

Harry Redknapp will have read the riot act to his Tottenham side after a lacklustre Carling Cup defeat in midweek and 13/10 Spurs should bounce back with a victory at struggling Everton who are available at 21/10.

Redknapp will have lambasted his players after a midweek display at Old Trafford that consisted of missed chances and a second half where they may as well have not turned up and with the Carling Cup now a thing of the past, it will be full steam ahead on challenging for a high Premier League finish.

Last season Goodison Park was a place that no team liked to go as they knew they were in for a tough afternoon. While bruising tackles may still be around, David Moyes' side have not looked the force they once were this season highlighted by the fact they haven't won at home since 20 September.

Tottenham have traditionally been Everton's bogey team as they are unbeaten in their last five visits and have lost only twice in 17 clashes at Goodison Park and with the Carling Cup dream now all over for Spurs, it is full steam ahead for Champions League qualification while Everton still have the Europa League as an outlet for possible success.

However, the last two meetings on Merseyside between these two have ended 0-0 (11/1 to happen again today, while a draw is 23/10), but Tottenham's record against clubs in the bottom half of the table is stunning, as they have only dropped two points from a possible 21 which shows just how ruthless they've become at dispatching teams outside of the big four where they struggle.

This is starting to sound like Everton have been written off before the game has begun which it is dangerous to do but everything is pointing so strongly to an away win as more injury problems pile up for the Toffees. Tottenham have key defenders Woodgate and King out but the home side are definitely missing Jagielka and Neville, while Distain, Yobo and Jo all hobbled off midweek and Heitinga is suspended, leaving their back line looking threadbare which is trouble against free-scoring Spurs.

Whichever two start out of Jermain Defoe (5/1 for first goal), Robbie Keane (7/1) and Peter Crouch (13/2), all three will fancy their chances of getting amongst the goals and Niko Kranjcar (9/1) and Aaron Lennon (12/1) have showed they are not shy to chip in with their fair share from midfield.

Everton's chief threat looks to be Louis Saha (13/2) with a large part of the striking onus falling on his shoulders but Tim Cahill (9/1) and Diniyar Bilyaletdinov (12/1) can both be potent threats from midfield, with Spurs having to aware of Cahill in particular from set-pieces - an area that they have looked vulnerable at recently.

Given Spurs striking prowess a bet on them to score in both halves at 5/2 looks a good bet while correct scores of 2-0 at 17/2, 3-0 at 18/1 and 2-1 at 7/1 all look like possible outcomes, while an Everton victory or 2-1 is 8/1 while a 1-1 draw is 5/1.

This is the kind of game that Spurs need to be winning if they are serious about challenging for the top four and they have often been their own worst enemies when failing to convert chances and as a result costing themselves victory like against Stoke, Aston Villa and earlier this week Manchester United where although outclassed, squandered chance after chance to do some damage.

Everton's problems are showing no sign of waning and until they start to get some of their shopping list of injured players back they may continue to struggle, especially against a Spurs team who have made a habit of preying on teams in the bottom half of the Premier League and who look to have genuine aspirations of a top four place which could be confirmed or denied on Sunday afternoon.

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Tottenham to score in both halves - 5/2

Tottenham - 13/10


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