It's a must-win midweek for Spurs, surely as they look to take down the team that beat them at Wembley at the weekend as the race for the title hots up. One thing that probably won't hot up though is the Riverside. In fact, as depressing as it is normally - at least that's what the Trip Advisor reviews read anyway - with both Boro and Sunderland looking into the abyss, Wednesday night's match will likely be a re-make of Touching The Void - sad, cold, lonely (at times) and close to death.
Fresh from beating Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday in the FA Cup semi-final clash, Chelsea will look to continue their assault for the Premier League with a home clash against Southampton on Tuesday night – a team they’ve lost just twice against in the last 16 meetings between the pair.
Currently treading water in 9th and already on the magical 40 points mark, the Saints are in no danger of sneaking into Europe or going down. They could already be on the beaches – that’s the old cliché, right – and Chelsea are likely to want – and need – it more. Back Willian – who scored a brace at Wembley – to score first in a 2-0 home win at 25/1.
Another team at Wembley at the weekend was Arsenal, and for the first time in the last 127 months they actually showed some fight, bottle, balls – you get what we’re saying – in beating Manchester City to leave Pep Fraudio... sorry, Guardiola, without a trophy in his first season in England.
In truth, it was the best we’re seen from Arsenal in a long, long time and we expect Arsene Wenger – who remains the best rustler around in still keeping his future to himself – to continue with the new three at the back tactic that served him well at the weekend when Leicester visit the Emirates. Leicester haven’t beaten Arsenal in the last 11 meetings and with Wes Morgan out, alongside with a more confident Gunners squad, back Arsenal but along with a BTTS pick at 7/4.
A basement battle in the north-east with the two sides almost certain for relegation, we doubt there’ll be a more depressed stadium than the Riverside on Wednesday evening as David Moyes celebrates turning 54 on Tuesday with a local trek to Teesside.
Both sides are crap defensively and struggle to score. We can’t even be asked to write about this clash if we’re being honest. Neither can be saved, both will be playing in the Championship next season, both haven’t won in their last five and both will have Newcastle United laughing at them. Would there be any surprises if this ends 0-0? No, and that’s exactly why we’re backing that scoreline at what looks decent value at 8/1.
Palace have risen from the dead under Big Sam, with their recent form – and the fact they’ve picked up good wins at both Chelsea and Liverpool in recent weeks – being reason as to why they’re sitting pretty in 12th at the moment. Their improvement has – we’ve just noticed – dragged Burnley back into possible danger and in confident mood, Tottenham won’t relish heading from north London to south London.
This was the scene of Dele Alli’s wonderstrike last season and after winning the PFA Young Player of the Year and with seven goals in his last nine games for Tottenham in all competitions, surely he’s worth a punt to score first at 19/4. If Spurs are to stand any chance of winning the league, then this is surely must win? They’ve lost one of their last seven Premier League meetings with Palace.
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