Tottenham Hotspur host Middlesbrough at White Hart Lane in the Premier League on Saturday, in a game that could be a foregone conclusion given the contrasting form of the two clubs.
Tottenham have been in great shape in recent weeks and could narrow the gap to leaders Chelsea if results go their way on the weekend. Middlesbrough have been short of wins and could drop into the bottom three if the sides below them in the table can better their result.
Spurs have one of the best home records as well as the Premier League’s best defence, and given Middlesbrough have managed just one away win all season, while being the lowest scorers in the division, Saturday’s meeting is likely to go the way of the hosts.
Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur side are currently second in the Premier League table with 47 points from 23 games this season.
The Londoners are coming off the back of four wins and two draws from their last six outings, and have an even more formidable home record to give Middlesbrough something to worry about.
Spurs have won six on the bounce at White Hart Lane ahead of the visit of Boro, and are the only side unbeaten in their own backyard in the league. Pochettino’s side have conceded only five goals from 11 at home this season and should be able to contain the Premier League’s lowest scorers on Saturday.
Tottenham Hotspur are 3/10 with Stan James to win against Middlesbrough as a result, and they’ll take confidence from having beaten Boro in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.
As for the visitors and underdogs, Middlesbrough are 15th in the division with 21 points. Aitor Karanka’s side have gone six games without winning in the Premier League, and haven’t won away from home since August.
The newly-promoted club have struggled for goals in 2016/17, and have the best defence to try and breach at a ground that has only conceded five times. Boro have only scored one goal in their last four on the road, keeping just two clean sheets in the last six months, but they have picked up impressive draws to top-six clubs Arsenal and Manchester City on their travels.
Middlesbrough are 27/2 with Marathon Bet to win against Tottenham Hotspur this weekend, and they would be the first side to manage a league victory at White Hart Lane in nine months.
Tottenham boast eight league wins from their last ten, while having kept four clean sheets in their previous six, and with Middlesbrough winless in their last half a dozen games and scoring one or fewer goals in five of their last six, Boylesports are giving odds of 20/21 for Tottenham Hotspur to Win to Nil.
Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has been in sensational form of late, scoring nine goals in his last nine appearances, and the English international is 7/5 with Paddy Power to score anytime against Middlesbrough this weekend.
Spurs can’t stop winning at home and are solid at the back while Boro can’t buy a victory on the road and struggle with goals. As a result, Tottenham should take maximum points to narrow the gap to leaders Chelsea.