MOUR OF THE SAME
It has certainly not been pretty viewing for Tottenham or any football fans for that matter, as Jose Mourinho is going back to his pragmatic best and with 10 points earned from the last 12 on offer, it is very hard to argue with his managerial methods.
With that said, people will still find the way to moan and this is where the results versus entertainment debate becomes more prominent, as this is not the swashbuckling Spurs that people are used to.
However, the days of Mauricio Pochettino folklore are now a thing of the past and people will have to get to use to this more languid style of football under Mourinho, as he displays that possessions is only nine tenths of footballing law.
In doing so, it has reinvigorated the North London outfit’s hope of qualifying for the Europa League and with a top-six finish very much on the agenda, now is not the time to let it slip through their hands.
Due to the combination of fixtures, wins in both their last two should get them over the line and if it only sees them finish seventh, there could still be something of a lifeline via anyone but Arsenal winning the F.A. Cup.
The first of this two-part challenge sees Leicester make the trip to the capital and with Brendan Rodgers’ men looking to secure a top four finish, they will be in no mood to offer anything in the way of generosity.
A top-four finish is very much in Leicester’s hands and back to back wins to finish the season, will see them return to the Champions League. However, with no Ben Chilwell, Caglar Soyuncu or James Maddison, the odds could be stacked against them.
While on the topic of odds, Tottenham to win on Sunday at 2.30 is an incredibly good bit of value for a team that is unbeaten in their last four and now has a clear objective to aim for. It might not be pretty, but it could just get the job done.
Summary: Back to Spurs to win
BLADES TAKE IT TO THE END
Another team with European aspirations for next season is Sheffield United and although defeat to Leicester on Thursday will have set them back slightly, you can guarantee Chris Wilder’s men are not going to give up without a fight.
While fight is something that is perhaps lacking within the Everton camp right now and with the legendary Carlo Ancelotti at the helm, it seems as if the Italian is currently undergoing elongated pre-season training with the Toffees.
After a mixed bag of results, more poor than positive, a top-half finish now looks set to allude the blue half of Merseyside and if this is to be a work in progress under Ancelotti, that progress will have to take place next season.
Going into this game, Everton have failed to win any of their last four league outings and have only picked up two points from the last twelve on offer – a run of results, that plays massively into Sheffield United’s hands.
Had the Blades got the better of Leicester on Thursday, a Europa League finish would have been there’s too subsequently lose. However, now they must win both their games and hope other results land in their favour.
They should be able to do their bit with ease and it should provide a decent bit of value for the punters. Should Bramall Lane see the hosts earn three points, you will earn odds of 2.20 for your own efforts.
Summary: Blades cut through Toffee
Norwich have lost each of their last eight league matches and with Burnley making the trip to Carrow Road, there is a strong bit of away value in this one. The Clarets are priced at 2.25 to pick up all three points.
While if you want to treble all three legs together, you can get the sensational price of approx 11.00 – it comes with an element of risk of course, but you will not get a much better price for such a limited amount of work.
Summary: Spurs, Sheffield United, Burnley treble pays big