The Big Wednesday Multiple: More of the same for Spurs

I can't see Tim Sherwood doing any better than AVB
I can't see Tim Sherwood doing any better than AVB

It's that time of the week where Paul Robinson selects a home win, an away win, a match to go over 2.5 goals and a match to go under 2.5 goals. Here are his selections:

"Back Crawley Town @ 1.55 (1/2);

Back Man United @ 1.8 (4/5);

Back Over 2.5 Goals in Heracles v Feyenoord @ 1.53 (8/15);

Back Under 2.5 Goals in Tottenham v West Ham @ 2.05 (21/20);

The Multiple pays approximately 8.75 (8/1)"

Bet 1: Crawley Town (HOME) @ 1.55 (11/20) - Live on BT Sport 1 at 19:45 GMT

We begin at Crawley as the hosts look set to complete the second round of the FA Cup with a win and book their place against Birmingham in the third round.

John Gregory has been drafted in to turn things around at Crawley following a poor run of form that has seen them drop into the bottom half of League One. They've won just one of their last 11 in all competitions although it has to be noted that it's just one defeat in seven.

They drew the original tie 0-0 at the Memorial Stadium and they will be hopeful of completing the job on home soil this evening. While it's three draws in a row at Broadfield Stadium for The Reds, they did win four out of seven in front of their own fans earlier in the campaign.

Bristol Rovers are struggling towards the foot of League Two as after 20 fixtures they are in 22nd place with just 19 points. They've won just one of their last five in all competitions and their record on the road doesn't make great reading.

John Ward's men have won only two of their last 16 away from home - losing two of their last three and scoring just one goal. If they couldn't get the job done at home, it's highly doubtful that they'll be able to get it done away.

Bet 2: Man United (AWAY) @ 1.8 (4/5) - Live on Sky Sports 1 at 19:45 GMT

Into the League Cup now as Manchester United travel to Stoke and they look an excellent bet to give us our away win this evening.

Stoke City have blown very hot and cold this year under the management of Mark Hughes. They tend to be either really good or really bad, but that is to be expected as they are undergoing a complete change in football culture.

Their record at the Britannia is pretty solid - just the single defeat this term - however they've only won one of their last seven and it's not quite the fortress it was under Tony Pulis. 

It hasn't exactly been a vintage campaign for Manchester United but they are through to the quarters of the Capital One Cup, the last 16 of the Champions League and their problems in the Premier League have tended to come at Old Trafford.

David Moyes' side recorded another away win on Sunday - 3-0 at Villa Park - and they are now eight undefeated on their travels. They have been racking up the goals during that period as well, including netting three at Fulham and Villa and five at Bayer Leverkusen.

Moyes can't really afford a defeat here and with the firepower at his disposal, they should have too much quality for Stoke.

Bet 3: Heracles v Feyenoord (Over 2.5 goals) @ 1.53 (8/15)  

Our goal-fest comes from Holland as Heracles take on Feyenoord in the KNVB Beker, or the Dutch Cup to you and me.

Heracles made it through to the last 16 of this competition thanks to a 5-2 victory at RKC Waalwijk. Following that win they went on to take just one point from a possible 12 in the league but they've stopped the rot in recent weeks as they picked up a draw at Go Ahead Eagles and then recorded back to back wins against Roda JC and AZ.

In the league Jan de Jonge's men have seen their matches have an average of 3.06 goals per 90 minutes with 11 of the 17 going over 2.5 - including three of their last five at Polman Stadion.

Feyenoord are up in fourth place in the Eredivisie and they knocked out Hoek 3-0 in the last round. They come into this game in great form as Ronald Koeman's side have won three in a row, with one of them coming against PSV.

Their matches are averaging 3.25 goals each time with 13 of their 17 having had three or more and it is also worth noting that the last four scorelines between this pair have been 1-2, 6-0, 1-2 and 4-1.

Bet 4: Tottenham v West Ham (Under 2.5 goals) @ 2.05 (21/20)  

We finish back in the Capital One Cup as Spurs begin life after AVB with a quarter-final tie against West Ham.

Daniel Levy sacked another manager he appointed this week and while I won't go into detail on my thoughts, I find it odd that he is still at the club given his failed appointments and the fact that he continually sells the men he brings in short.

Tim Sherwood has been tasked with taking over - for the time being at least - and he will be desperate to kick off with a win and enhance his claims for the job on a permanent basis.

I don't envisage a huge turn around in their fortunes though as the players are still the same and they'll still have the same problems going forward. While I expect a sounder defensive unit with the back four dropping deeper and Brad Friedel replacing the out of sorts Hugo Lloris, I can't imagine they'll rack up many goals.

West Ham are having their own issues at that end of the field as Sam Allardyce put all his eggs in Andy Carroll's basket and they've ended up on his own face.

The Hammers were poor at the weekend in the 0-0 draw with Sunderland, an in-truth, they've been pretty dire during the month of December. 

The one grain of hope for West Ham is that earlier in the campaign they actually beat Spurs 3-0 at White Hart Lane but they seemed to bamboozle them with their tactic of a 4-6-0 formation that day and that has since been found out.

The most likely scorelines to me are 1-0 or 2-0 so with under 2.5 goals being available at odds-against, it has to be included in the multiple.

Recommended Multiple

Back Crawley Town @ 1.55 (1/2); Back Man United @ 1.8 (4/5); Back Over 2.5 Goals in Heracles v Feyenoord @ 1.53 (8/15); Back Under 2.5 Goals in Tottenham v West Ham @ 2.05 (21/20); The Multiple pays approximately 8.75 (8/1)

Multiple prices are based on our Sportsbook product, so any winnings are exempt from commission.

2013/14 P/L (1pt each bet)

Wagered: 17 pts
Returned: 27.32 pts
P/L: + 10.32 pts

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