Matchday 37: Spurs farewell with a fitting result

Published by on May 12, 2017

Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United

After 118 years, White Hart Lane is almost no more. It’s going to be a poignant afternoon in north London as Spurs look to bring the curtain down on their famous stadium with a win over Manchester United. Aside from the sentiment, Mauricio Pochettino’s men are rightly favourites a5 4/6 anyway, having not lost a league game at home all season.

Spurs have also had nine days rest, whereas United played in the Europa League on Thursday. Jose Mourinho is expected to rest Marcus Rashford and with Zlatan Ibrahimovic also out, it’s likely to fall to Spurs to do the goalscoring. How fitting it would be for Harry Kane to score one of the last goals at the Lane, and he’s at evens to score in 90 minutes. United haven’t scored an away goal against a top six side this season, so here’s hoping Mourinho doesn’t kill what should be a special occasion.

Stoke City vs Arsenal

Arsenal can still make it into the top four but they need to win their remaining games. They managed victory over Southampton thanks to Alexis Sanchez’s mastery, and he’s at 7/2 to score first again. Arsenal are at 9/4 with ‘both teams to score – no’, as Stoke have only netted two in their last three games. Arsenal shouldn’t normally take so much delight in chasing down the top four, but given where they’ve come from, it’ll be quite the achievement if they do it.

Crystal Palace vs Hull City

A week makes a huge amount of difference at the bottom. After looking like they might pull off an incredible escape, Hull are now deservedly back in the mire following defeat to Sunderland. A relegation six-pointer is on the cards, with Palace not yet safe themselves. The Eagles are at evens to win and guarantee themselves another season in the top flight, and with Hull’s poor away record, you’d have to fancy Sam Allardyce’s men.

West Ham vs Liverpool

Liverpool need to get back to winning ways to ward off the other challengers for the top four. West Ham’s surprise victory over Spurs last week shouldn’t distract from what has been a poor season for them. Slaven Bilic’s side raised their game against their rivals, but they shouldn’t be too confident of doing it again when Liverpool come to town. The Reds may not look too convincing right now, but they’re are at 5/2 to win by exactly one goal.

Manchester City vs Leicester City

Pep Guardiola will be looking for more ruthlessness from his team who can’t keep missing so many chances. The worry will be that Manchester City have lost two and drawn one of their last three meetings with Leicester. A draw is at 5/1, but maybe it shouldn’t be ruled out that the Foxes might get something here.

Sunderland vs Swansea City

Sunderland are down, so they’re trying to take everyone else with them. The Black Cats dented Hull’s hopes of survival last week, so the Tigers will at least be hoping they can do the same to Swansea.

Middlesbrough vs Southampton

Unfortunately, we’ve reached that stage of the season when the fixture calendar starts bringing up pretty meaningless games. ‘Boro are down, and Southampton haven’t won in their last five games. The Saints should just edge it, but for the unlucky few in attendance at the Riverside, the best value is at 100/30 for Claude Puel’s side to get the three points with under 2.5 goals.

Bournemouth vs Burnley

Burnley are notoriously poor away from home, but hopefully this will be entertaining as the game between the two sides in December, which ended 3-2. We’re backing both teams to score and a draw at 100/30.