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Clattenburg as ref great news for a Spurs 2-1 win with Everton visiting

| 06.02.2014

Mark Clattenburg is certainly not a regular when it comes to being in charge of Premier League matches involving Everton. In fact, he has only refereed two of the Toffees’ top-flight encounters since October 2007.

On the other hand, Clattenburg is far more accustomed to being the man in the middle for fixtures involving Tottenham, refereeing seven of their Premier League matches since the start of last season alone.

Even better for Tottenham is that they have taken maximum points in all seven of these fixtures, including in three away victories this campaign at Crystal Palace, Cardiff and Fulham.

Therefore, Clattenburg’s record makes it hard not to believe that 23/20 are amazing odds on Tottenham beating Everton, especially as they have scored exactly twice against the Toffees in four of their last five visits to White Hart Lane.

What’s more, Tottenham’s last six Premier League victories with Clattenburg as lead official have been won by exactly one goal.

This combined with Spurs’ penchant for scoring twice at home to Everton, suggest that a 2-1 triumph for Tim Sherwood’s men is especially worth backing at 8/1.

There have been no clean sheets in any of Tottenham’s last three Premier League games, which lends further weight to this bet, alongside both teams scoring in half of Everton’s top-flight road trips.

The obvious downside to backing a Tottenham victory is that they are yet to beat any of the five sides currently above them in the league standings, but with Romelu Lukaku out, there is arguably not a better time to be facing Everton.

Two key players are expected to return for this meeting though, with the loser dropping important ground in the race for a top-four finish.

Everton may welcome back Seamus Coleman after three missed games, while Andros Townsend is in contention for a first Tottenham appearance since before Christmas.