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Solid defence meeting scorching attack as Everton host Spurs

| 07.03.2012

An improving Everton side will welcome a recently faltering Tottenham Hotspur outfit to Goodison Park this weekend, and with little to choose between the sides, it could be worth backing the draw at both half-time and full-time at 7/2.

Only West Brom have been level at half-time in more games than the Toffees’ fourteen efforts this season, and Spurs have gone into the break on an equal footing in eleven of their matches also, seemingly making everything point to a half-time draw here too.

Whilst goals are to be expected in the clash, each side can keep up their trend of scoring more goals in the second half as they have done throughout the campaign.

Indeed, Everton have scored more than double the amount of goals in the second half of games than they have in the first, and their recent improvement can continue to ensure they cancel out the superior squad strength of visiting Spurs, thus claiming a stalemate here.

It is also worth noting that three of Everton’s last four matches that have resulted in draws, went via the draw at half-time and full-time passage of play, whilst four of Tottenham’s last five stalemates occurred in the same fashion too.

Similarly, each of the last two draws that the sides played out against each other were also level at both the half-time and full-time whistle, even though each of the games was a score draw.

Only three teams have conceded less Premier League goals than David Moyes’ Everton this season, and this, coupled with the fact that Spurs have the fourth best goal-scoring record in the league, lends further weight to the claim that backing the draw at both half-time and full-time at 7/2 is a smart move.

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John Klee