Full-strength Tottenham to avenge English FA Cup loss


Tottenham has lost half of its last eight games across all competitions but Spurs have not been losing to mug teams and they should be much shorter odds than -167  with WilliamHill to strengthen their push for an English Premier League top-four spot with a win over Leicester on Saturday.

One really was expecting to see Tottenham quoted at odds of around the -250  mark for three English Premier League points against a Leicester side that is the equivalent of three wins adrift of safety at the foot of the ladder. Tottenham beat Leicester 2-1 in the reverse English Premier League fixture on Boxing Day and one rates that result as more trustworthy than the subsequent English FA Cup fourth round tie that Spurs lost 1-2 to the Foxes at White Hart Lane.

Perhaps it is a combination of Leicester’s English FA Cup success over Tottenham and Spurs having won just two of its last eight English Premier League and UEFA Europa League matches that has produced a betting market in which one thinks that the White Hart Lane team represents value.

Tottenham has lost away to Chelsea, Fiorentina, Liverpool and Manchester United in recent weeks but one thinks that there is no shame in that, although Spurs were poor versus the Red Devils at Old Trafford. Leicester has posted zero wins, two draws and five losses in its seven games across all competitions since taking full advantage of Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino’s rotation policy in the English FA Cup and included in those recent Foxes results have been a 0-0 home draw with Hull and a 0-1 home loss to Crystal Palace in significant English Premier League matches.

Odds on, look on is the mantra of millions of punters when it comes to away favourites but surely one can expect the English Premier League ladder leader, Chelsea, to justify its short odds of -200  with WilliamHill for three points versus Hull at the KC Stadium on Sunday.

Chelsea’s 2-0 English Premier League win over Hull in the reverse fixture three months ago was marred by controversy – Tigers boss Steve Bruce argued vehemently that Blues star Gary Cahill should have been sent off for simulation after being cautioned for an earlier foul – but the actual game itself was one in which the Blues were troubled rarely.

The English Premier League title remains Chelsea’s to lose but expects that the Blues, no doubt wound up by a special Jose Mourinho speech, will bounce back to winning ways and thrust Hull back towards the relegation zone. Hull is five points clear of 18th-placed Queens Park Rangers but it was held to a 1-1 home draw by Sunderland last time out and that form line does not read at all well given what happened to the Black Cats versus Aston Villa in the most recent round.

Finally, Tim Sherwood has transformed Aston Villa and, while no-one is saying that the Villans are world beaters, one is of the opinion that they are overpriced at odds of +150  with Betfair to outscore Swansea at Villa Park and improve their chance of English Premier League survival.

Swansea has played nine English Premier League matches since Wilfried Bony pulled on its shirt for the last time and the Swans have netted only eight goals in those games. Christian Benteke and Gabriel Agbonlahor have sparked into life since Sherwood became Aston Villa manager and one fancies that the Villans will do enough to make it four wins on the bounce across all competitions and move a bit closer to safety.

Tips Summary

Tottenham to beat Leicester
21st March 15:00 GMT
Odds:  -167
Where to Bet: WilliamHill

Chelsea to beat Hull
22nd March 16:00 GMT
Odds:  -200
Where to Bet: WilliamHill

Aston Villa to beat Swansea
21st March 15:00 GMT
Odds:  +150
Where to Bet: Betfair

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