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Everton v Tottenham: stalemate on the cards at Goodison

| 09.03.2012

Everton are hoping to extend an eight-match unbeaten run in all competitions when they welcome Tottenham to Goodison Park and are priced at 7/4 in the Premier League odds for victory.

Their visitors have an impressive away record this season, losing just four times in 13 outings on the road, and they are a very reasonable 6/4 to add to their six away wins this season here.

However, with Spurs’ recent form being patchy at best, and Everton’s eight-match unbeaten run featuring four stalemates, it could be worth backing another draw here at 23/10.

Each of those four draws for the Toffees has ended with a 1-1 scoreline, and with this in mind, the 6/1 odds for a repeat of that result here look very appealing.

It is also worth noting that only one Premier League side has been level at half-time more times than Everton this season, and so it is worth paying attention to the 9/2 for the sides to be drawing at both the break and the full-time whistle in this match.

Also, keeping in mind that either team have scored the majority of their goals in the second half of matches this term, more cautious punters will be attracted by the 1/1 odds on offer for a draw at half-time, while the 13/8 for a 0-0 scoreline at half-time is a generous price.

10/11 is the price about the most goals in the game occurring in the second half and this also deserves attention.

First goalscorer betting offers some interesting options in this match too, with Nikica Jelavic hoping to make an impression in front of his home fans by opening his Everton account with the opener at 6/1.

The talismanic Tim Cahill is 7/1 for the first goal, while Louis Saha, on his first return to Goodison Park since his Everton exit, is 11/2 to notch first for Spurs.



John Klee