It’s no secret that Hotspurs need the points from this match if they hope to clinch a top four finish. Will the Spurs come through for the soccer faithful or will the dogged Potters throw a spanner in the works?
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Tottenham Hotspurs favoured to win
The Spurs are favoured to take the win against Stoke City on Sunday with soccer odds currently available at -110 to win outright at William Hill. Tottenham needs the win if they hope to clinch a top four finish and a qualifying spot for Champions League next season. Actually, they need maximum points from their last three games otherwise they leave their fate up to the soccer gods and their rivals.
Currently, Tottenham sits pretty in fifth place in the table, on 65 points and with a game in hand. They are two points adrift of fourth place Arsenal and three points adrift of third place Chelsea – the latter of which they are slated to face in mid-week action on Wednesday and a game that esteemed sportswriter and SBR Forum contributor, Mike Richardson, predicts will go firmly Chelsea’s way.
Certainly, anything short of a win at Stamford Bridge and the Spurs will go into Sunday’s game on a wave of desperation, an attitude that could work both ways. It could propel them to a resounding victory at Britannia Stadium or, conversely, it could render them nervy and edgy, which, in turn, could lead to poor decision making on the pitch that would cost them the result.
If, and this is a big if, they come away with a result at Stamford Bridge, then it’ll be a more relaxed Spurs heading to Stoke City. Relaxed but sit on their laurels they cannot as when Sunday arrives there will be everything to play for still and nothing decided yet.
Encouragingly, Tottenham is fourth in the Premier League form table on the back of a 4-1-1 record in their last six home fixtures and a 3-2-1 record in their last six road fixtures. In their last five games, they are 3-2-0, a run of form that includes the spectacular victory over Manchester City at White Hart Lane. Better yet, the Spurs have lost only one fixture on the road since the 2-1 defeat at Everton on December 12, 2012. That solitary misstep was a 3-2 defeat at Anfield Stadium in March.
Stoke City can throw a spanner in the works
Stoke City recently returned to positive form with two wins and a draw, a turnaround that saw them snap an eight-game disappointing run that included seven defeats, both at home and on the road. Positive form should send the Potters into Sunday’s fixture with measured optimism and, well, who knows, perhaps they’ll colour the Spurs shocked. And sportsbooks who are after offering a Stoke win at +300 betting odds.
A nice thought for Stoke’s faithful but, let’s face it, it’s easier said than done. A closer look at this sudden run of positive form reveals they’ve only beaten questionable opposition – bottom-scrapers, Queens Park Rangers 2-0 on the road and lightweight Norwich City 1-0 at Britannia. Not exactly an endorsement of their chances against a quality side such as Tottenham now is it.
Stoke City is cosy in eleventh spot in the league table, largely on the strength of modest start to the season. The second half isn’t anything to write home about. Since a 3-0 loss to Manchester City at the start of the year, the Potters have lost altogether eleven of their 19 fixtures (4-4-11). Recent home form is 2-1-3 in their last six games.
Soccer Betting Verdict: No matter which way you decide to lean with your soccer picks, Tottenham should come away with all three points. Granted, the mood in the Stoke City’s locker room is probably a bit more upbeat following their recent spate of results, and that could give them ideas for this game. But even they have to concede that stopping Bale and company will be tough, especially given that they are motivated by the possibility of finishing in the top four.Picks: Tottenham Hotspurs -110 to win outright at William Hill.