Preston North End v Tottenham – Betting Preview
Preston North End will see this FA cup contest against Tottenham as some welcome relief from their disappointing league form. They come into this game on the back of four defeats from their last five home matches, the aim is to shock the Premier League side here and get a win.
Preston will be without the services of Emil Riis, Sean Maguire, Benjamin Whiteman, and Brad Potts because of injury problems.
Liam Delap and striker Troy Parrott are ineligible to face the Premier League side at the weekend.
Preston North End is likely to set up in a 3-5-2 formation against Tottenham.
They are struggling for goals but the boss wants them to go out and express themselves, with a nothing to lose attitude.
Antonio Conte didn’t attend the press conference the day before the game with Preston, but the Italian knows the importance of this competition in what seems likely to be his final season at the club. They want to go through without the need of a replay, so will send out a strong side.
There is instability at Tottenham with Conte and Kane yet to confirm their commitment to the club next season, but for now, both are focused on the team and their objective.
Lucas Moura is the only injury concern and probable absence for Tottenham.
There are set to be some rotations away from what was close to the best XI which earned a narrow win over Fulham last Monday night.
Some movement is nearly certain in each line. Doherty for Royal at wing back and possibly Skipp or Sarr step into the midfield.
Forester should get the nod in goal while Richarlison is also close to a start, with either Son or Kulusevski dropping out.
New signing Danjuma is available and expected to start on the bench.
Looking at the 1×2 market first. Tottenham will make some changes and probably not be at full strength. However, they are a heavy favourite @ 1.35 to win. The draw is @ 5.20 while the Preston win is @ 8.00.
Moving onto the Asian handicap market for this contest. Tottenham -1.5 is @ 2.01 while the host Preston +1.5 is @ 1.82. Much here relies on team news, but the expectation is that Spurs send out a strong side with the aim to win this comfortably.
Looking at The Under/Over market last of all. The line is set at 3 goals which looks slightly high. Spurs will be keen to get in and out of the north without injuries or any big scares, so a workmanlike performance is probable. Conte wants to build defensive confidence with some clean sheets, so the Londoners may sit on a lead once ahead. 0-1 and 0-2 seem likely results if Spurs game plan works. Under 3 @ 1.80 is a preference here. The Over 3 is @ 1.99 and would likely need Preston to score first to win.