Bournemouth has strung together three English Premier League wins to almost guarantee its top-flight survival but one is expecting the Cherries to get picked off by Tottenham when they travel to play Spurs at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
October’s reverse English Premier League fixture resulted in Tottenham’s most convincing win, a 5-1 away victory all the more impressive for having fallen behind inside the first minute. Harry Kane scored a hat-trick for Tottenham before the midway point of the second half to probably make Matt Ritchie regret opening the scoring for Bournemouth. It was men against boys at the Vitality Stadium – search YouTube for why that phrase made global headlines five months ago.
According to one’s English Premier League collateral form analysis, Tottenham enjoys a 13-2-4 lead over Bournemouth, including a 6-0-1 edge in matches involving only teams ranked in the top seven – Leicester is the only high-flying side against which the Cherries have outperformed Spurs.
Tottenham has a UEFA Europa League date at home to Dortmund on Thursday but Spurs coach Mauricio Pochettino sacrificed his team’s international project to focus on its domestic one and, therefore, one expects him to rest most of his key players ahead of Sunday’s English Premier League clash.
At odds of -169 with Marathonbet, Tottenham rates as the best bet on the English Premier League card ahead of West Bromwich and the side leading the way, Leicester.
Most West Bromwich fans do not the style of football that the Baggies are playing under Tony Pulis but they are 11th on the ladder despite their operating budget being one of the division’s smallest. With Aston Villa doomed to drop into the English Championship, West Bromwich is the king of its patch and the Baggies are well worth backing at odds of +120 with BetVictor and William Hill to beat relegation candidate Norwich at The Hawthorns on Saturday.
One’s English Premier League collateral form analysis puts West Bromwich on top of Norwich by a significant margin of 13-0-6 and that includes the Baggies defeating the Canaries 1-0 in October’s reverse fixture at Carrow Road. Norwich’s inability to keep clean sheets – four in its 30 English Premier League games is a very low tally – is why the Canaries are one of four teams arguing over what appears like just one berth in next season’s elite competition.
And then there is Leicester, the English Premier League leader that is available at odds of +150 with BetVictor and Paddy Power to win on Saturday at the division’s second worst home performer, bang-out-of-form Crystal Palace.
Five consecutive English Premier League home losses have contributed to Crystal Palace’s alarming slide down the ladder and the Eagles have not won in the top flight since scoring an 88th-minute goal to triumph 2-1 at Stoke the week before Christmas. Twelve English Premier League matches without success would have resulted in less popular bosses than Alan Pardew losing their jobs and the former Crystal Palace midfielder should thank his lucky stars that the Selhurst Park crowd loves him and that his side has made it through to the semi-final stage of the English FA Cup.
Finally, here are one’s English Premier League collateral form analysis results for every one of Round 31’s 10 games. The asterisk signifies the direct head-to-head winner.
Everton 7-2-10* versus Arsenal
Chelsea 8-1-10* versus West Ham
Crystal Palace 3-4-12* versus Leicester
Watford 11*-0-8 versus Stoke
West Bromwich 13*-0-6 versus Norwich
Swansea 12*-3-4 versus Aston Villa
Newcastle 9*-2-8 versus Sunderland
Southampton 9*-2-8 versus Liverpool
Manchester City 13*-1-5 versus Manchester United
Tottenham 13*-2-4 versus Bournemouth
Spurs to beat Bournemouth
Sunday 20th March, 16:00 GMT
West Brom to beat Norwich
Saturday 19th March, 15:00 GMT
Leicester to beat Crystal Palace
Saturday 19th March, 15:00 GMT