Saturday BPL: No Kane, still no problems for Spurs

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Tottenham vs Watford

Spurs have scored seven goals in three games since Harry Kane was ruled out, so there’s no reason why they shouldn’t win comfortably here. Having said that, Swansea took them all the way to the 89th minute on Wednesday night.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men couldn’t have won that game in any more dramatic fashion. With Kane still out, Heung-Min Son – who’s netted two in his last two – now has to be among the favourites to score first, but he’s still only at 3/1. Watford have lost all of their last six meetings with Spurs, so they’ve probably written this one off already.

Bournemouth vs Chelsea

Bournemouth managed a late comeback against Liverpool, but Chelsea should have no such problems. Judging by the atmosphere at Stamford Bridge at the final whistle against Manchester City, the Blues know full well they have one hand on the title.

Chelsea’s only problem at the moment – bar losing to Crystal Palace, obviously – is keeping clean sheets. They’ve failed to do so in their last eight Premier League games, so we’re expecting it’s going to take over 2.5 goals for them to win at the Vitality.

West Ham vs Swansea

West Ham did not expect to find themselves in a relegation battle this season, but that’s exactly where they are. Slaven Bilic can’t rely on things improving at home either. Swansea were perhaps a tad unlucky to lose to Spurs having held them for so long, so they could well deliver the Hammers their sixth defeat in a row.

The Swans have only lost one of their last four games against West Ham, drawing two, and winning one. Paul Clement’s side can get goals from all over the pitch; West Ham, on the other hand, are never sure where the next goal’s coming from.

West Brom vs Southampton

West Brom are always thoroughly unpredictable once they’ve reached safety. The Baggies drew at Manchester United last weekend before losing convincingly to Watford.

Southampton are erratic too, but on their day, they’re just got better players than West Brom. We’re backing Southampton to win at 6/4, though taking three points from the Hawthorns is no mean feat.

Manchester City vs Hull

Maybe it will be a relief to Man City that they’re no longer in the title race. As Pep Guardiola admitted after the Chelsea defeat, their season will now be judged on whether they make the top four. Luckily, they’re 1/6 on to do so, but they can’t afford a seventh defeat of the season against Hull.

The Tigers fought brilliantly against Middlesbrough, but they haven’t beaten City since February 2010.

Stoke City vs Liverpool

Ironically, on paper, Liverpool have one of the easiest run-ins of all their top four rivals. As we’ve seen time and again this season, though, that doesn’t seem to have any bearing. It’s against the bottom half sides that the Reds always falter.

Stoke just fall into that category. It wouldn’t be the first time the Potters have upset Liverpool, though they’ve lost all of their three most recent outings against them.

Middlesbrough vs Burnley

Middlesbrough only fell into the relegation zone a few weeks ago, but they must be losing hope pretty quickly. They’re now seven points adrift and haven’t won a league game since December 17. That was against Swansea, and the following game they lost to Burnley.

Here they are against the Clarets again, and their only hope will be that Sean Dyche’s men have picked up just three points on the road this season. All of those have come from draws, and they’ve all been against sides in and around the relegation zone. If ‘Boro are to stay up, they absolutely have to get something from this game, but you wouldn’t bet against a low-scoring draw.