Tottenham Hotspur host Queens Park Rangers on Sunday at White Hart Lane, a week 2 EPL fixture firmly cornered in their camp. Are the Spurs to win outright the value soccer pick or are there better angles for profit to be had in other match betting markets? Here’s a primer on this clash complete with our soccer-betting verdict.
Tottenham look to extend winning start
Tottenham Hotspur won their opening fixture over West Ham United 1-0 last Saturday, thanks to a last gasp effort by Eric Dier in the 93rd minute of the match, which marked the 20-year-old’s Premier League debut. The Spurs were the favourites, albeit on the short side of even money with the away victory matched at +100 soccer odds or thereabouts across sportsbooks to West Ham United’s +275 odds on the home win.
The Spurs continued their winning form in Cyprus in midweek Europa League action when they beat AEL 2-1. The hosts went up 1-0 early in the first half courtesy of Adrian Sardinero’s 14th minute goal. The Spurs answered back in the second half when Soldado scored the 74th minute equaliser and then minutes later took the lead on the back of Harry Kane’s goal.
On Sunday, the Spurs raise the curtain on the season at White Hart Lane, where they hope to treat home fans to a third straight win across all competitions, second straight in Premier League action. Bookies tip the Spurs as the prohibitive favourites at -225 to win outright. Gaining a result through a either a draw or a win is matched at -900 odds in double results betting, which indicates just how rock-solid confidence really is in the Spurs.
Queens Park Rangers searching for first win
QPR are back in Premier League after dropping out in 2012-2013 season with a bottom-place finish behind an abysmal 4-13-21 mark and 25 points. Last season, they enjoyed a successful stint in Championship League, finishing fourth with a 23-11-12 mark and 80 points to earn entrance into the Premier League playoffs, which they secured when they beat Derby County 1-0 in the final at Wembley Stadium.
Any lingering euphoria in returning to Premier League was dealt a reality check last weekend when they opened the season with a 1-0 defeat at home to Hull City, despite being tipped as the marginal favourites at +150 to Hull City at +188. Adding insult to injury, Charlie Austin’s 84th minute penalty that could have seen QPR at least salvage a point in their season opener was saved expertly by McGregor. To sum it up, it was a miserable opening day to Premier League action for Harry Redknapp and Company. Welcome back QPR!
Next up for QPR is a trip to White Hart Lane on Sunday followed by Capital One League Cup action on Wednesday against Burton Albion. Harry Redknapp will surely be mindful of both engagements, their individual importance to the broad spectrum of QPR’s season being a successful one. However, avoiding a fall of six-points behind back-to-back defeats in the first couple of weeks of Premier League must take precedence, surely. The odds are stacked against QPR significantly at White Hart Lane with an outright win matched at +600 and the draw matched at +333. If QPR are to deliver the upset, they’ll have to put forward a more convincing performance than they did on opening day.
Spurs vs. QPR match betting tips and picks:
The Spurs are the overwhelming favourites at -225 to win outright. On paper, they are the better team with more depth, quality and skill, and they have home advantage to underscore their favourable odds. All that notwithstanding, matches aren’t won on paper but on the field. If there were something that could take the shine off Spurs’ odds to win at home, it would be their recent trip to Cypress for Europa League action. Trekking back and forth across the Continent, only to play a domestic clash three days later could see them a bit travel weary, which notionally could open the door for QPR to swoop into White Hart Lane with a mind to take a meaningful result via the draw at +333 or the unlikely win at +600. But does QPR really have the quality to deal Spurs such a blow at home? Probably not.
Soccer Betting Verdict
Unless lady luck decides to side with QPR, it’s more likely than not the Spurs will win this clash. So we do recommend Spurs to win outright at -225 along with the a few other soccer picks that lean towards a rather uneventful, low-scoring game, an expectation which we’ve based on a couple of facts a) it’s early days on the season, so players and teams are still coming into form, and b) the busy week and the travelling involved for Spurs. We like the Under 2.5 at +100 and a 1-0 or 2-0 win by the Spurs, both of which are priced at +650; in double results betting, the Spurs to win both halves at +120 or the draw-Tottenham result at +300.