Premier League: Spurs’ last hope

Published by on April 29, 2017

Everton vs Chelsea

Chelsea may be marching towards the title, but this is one of the last games when they’re likely to be wrongfooted. The Blues are at evens to win at Goodison Park, Antonio Conte’s men travelling to Merseyside in the knowledge that anything but a win will open the door for Tottenham to close the gap later that day.

Everton lost 5-0 when the two sides met earlier in the season. At home, though, they’re a very different side, the Toffees losing just one league game at home all season and winning eight on the bounce. Chelsea have usually had the upper hand when the two sides have met in recent years, winning six, drawing one, and losing three of their last ten encounters. Yet away, from home, Chelsea have lost three of their last four against them.

Spurs will be willing the hosts to escape with at least a point so they can really start to put pressure on the league-leaders.

Tottenham vs Arsenal

Regardless of what happens at Goodison Park, Spurs have another huge incentive to win the North London Derby. Not only is it the last time they’ll face their bitter rivals at White Hart Lane, victory over the Gunners will ensure they finish above them for the first time in 22 years.

SkyBet are offering 33/1 for Harry Kane to score first and the Lilywhites to win 2-1. The England striker has an incredible record against Arsenal, scoring five in his last four games against them. Arsene Wenger’s men would like nothing better than to put a severe dent in Spurs’ title hopes, but if it’s a question of form, then Mauricio Pochettino’s side should get the better of them in what is sure to be an emotionally-charged afternoon.

Manchester United vs Swansea

Manchester United’s unbeaten run remains intact after their goalless draw against City, but it’s been pretty uninspiring compared to the one mustered by Sir Alex Ferguson in 2010/2011.

In the Premier League, the Red Devils have failed to win at home on ten occasions this season. A draw is at 18/5, and Swansea really need to get something to stay within touching distance of 17th placed Hull. Jose Mourinho will only have two fit senior centre-backs available, so Paul Clement will be looking to make the most of the Portuguese’s injury problems.

Middlesbrough vs Manchester City

Middlesbrough have a tendency to destroy any form of entertainment in their games, but City should have enough in their locker to overcome them. ‘Boro’s main aim this season seems to have been damage limitation, and Pep Guardiola’s side are at 11/4 to win with under 2.5 goals. The two teams played out a 1-1 draw when they met in November and while Middlesbrough haven’t had much to shout about this season, they’ve actually conceded less than many of the sides above them.