Bet Online on the Race for Second

It may not be the prize that their coaches wanted, but for Manchester United, Spurs and Liverpool, second place is up for grabs and is definitely worth having.

Automatic entry to the Champions League group stages is one matter, of course; but let’s face it—in a league with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in it, and some of the best players in the world gracing football games for all the top six, this second place takes some winning.

So that’s where I’m looking for this week’s Premier League handicap betting picks.

Bournemouth vs Manchester United (April 19, 02:45 GMT+8)

Manchester United’s defeat to West Brom has opened a door for the chasers, but Jose Mourinho will remind his players they’ve occupied second place for longer than any rival. David de Gea, who has been player of the season for the Red Devils, will have a busy time in Bournemouth, but I expect a professional display from United.

So I’m backing under 2.5 goals in a 🌟🌟 bet at 2.16.

Brighton & Hove Albion vs Tottenham Hotspur (April 18, 02:45 GMT+8)

The Seagulls are almost there in their epic survival campaign, but they have a devil of a run in starting with the visit of Spurs. Harry Kane, desperate to catch league-leading scorer Mo Salah, will try to score with any part of his body (or kit) and inspire Spurs to get back to winning ways.

I think Brighton may get the result they need though; and a double chance, win or draw, is available at 2.39 for a 🌟🌟 bet.

West Bromwich Albion vs Liverpool (April 21, 19:30 GMT+8)

One thing I won’t back against is Mo Salah getting yet another goal to add to his 30 so far in the league. He’s been outstanding all season as part of a thrilling attacking set up at Anfield. The Baggies will still be smiling after their stunning win at Old Trafford, but I suspect they won’t be after 90 minutes with Mo and pals.

My 🌟🌟🌟 bet is Liverpool to win, at odds of 2.03 with a -1.00 goal handicap.

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Davies warns of backlash

Ben Davies is concerned that Tottenham will be the victims of Manchester City's ire when the two teams meet at Wembley on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola's team have lost three matches in a row, the 3-2 defeat to Manchester United last weekend being sandwiched between two setbacks against Liverpool in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Tottenham are unbeaten in the Premier League since they lost 4-1 to City in December and they can be backed at 8/5 to win Saturday's match.

"I'm pretty sure they are going to be desperate for the win after the results they've had this week," Davies said.

"It's been a sticky patch for them but they've been flawless this season. It's going to be a tough game. We're definitely expecting them to come here all guns blazing and we've got to be ready for that."

City could be confirmed as Premier League champions this weekend if they beat Spurs and United lose at home to West Brom.

Meanwhile, Harry Kane has been awarded Tottenham's second goal in their 2-1 win at Stoke City.

The goal was initially handed to Christian Eriksen but Kane has been awarded his 25th top-flight strike of the season after insisting that the Dane's shot had clipped his shoulder on the way into Jack Butland's net.

The England international is now four goals behind Mo Salah in the race to win the Premier League Golden Boot this season. Kane is 5/6 to score at any time against City and 9/2 to be the Premier League's top scorer this term.

"Harry Kane has been awarded Tottenham's second goal in their 2-1 win against Stoke City on Saturday, after the club and player successfully appealed to the Premier League's Goal Accreditation Appeals Panel," a statement read.

"The goal had originally been awarded on the day to Christian Eriksen, but after taking the player's testimony into account and reviewing the match footage, a three-person panel agreed that the final touch on the ball belonged to Kane."

Kane positive in Golden Boot hunt

Harry Kane is refusing to give up on winning the Golden Boot this season despite being five goals behind Liverpool's Mohamed Salah.

The Tottenham striker is currently sitting on 24 Premier League goals for the season as he looks to emulate Thierry Henry's feat between 2003-06 by winning the Golden Boot for three successive seasons.

However, Kane could yet have another goal added to his tally if Tottenham appeal against the Premier League Match Centre's decision to award their second goal in Saturday's 2-1 win at Stoke to the England international instead of Christian Eriksen.

He was adamant that the ball brushed his shoulder on its way past Potters goalkeeper Jack Butland and is hopeful that the Premier League will take his word for it and give him the goal.

If not, Kane still feels he can overhaul Salah in Spurs' remaining six matches after the Egyptian took full advantage of his recent ankle injury lay-off by adding five more goals to his own tally in Liverpool's games against Watford and Crystal Palace.

The 24-year-old said: "I still believe I can.

"Look, whatever happens, there are still games to go. I've got to focus on my game. I can't control what he does.

"Obviously as a striker, it would be great to win the Golden Boot again and I will keep working hard from now until the end of the season."

Kane is available at 9/2 to win the Golden Boot this season, while Salah is priced at 1/7.

Klopp ponders Salah involvement

Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp has hinted that Mohamed Salah has an outside chance of featuring in the Merseyside derby clash with Everton.

The 25-year-old Egypt international forward limped off early on in the second half of the 3-0 midweek Champions League win over Manchester City, with a groin problem appearing to curtail his involvement.

However, the problem would seem not to be anything too serious, with Klopp having not ruled Salah out of the showdown with the Toffees at Goodison Park at lunchtime on Saturday.

Klopp told his pre-match press conference: "I don't think it makes sense to talk here about what we do with the boys in rehab, but, of course, you can imagine we have tried everything to make him available.

"There are still 24 hours to go pretty much until we start, so let's see what happens."

Salah has enjoyed a stellar first season at Anfield following his £34million move from AS Roma, having already scored 38 goals in 43 appearances in all competitions.

Twenty-nine of those strikes have come in the Premier League, with Salah currently five goals ahead of Tottenham Hotspur ace Harry Kane in the race to be leading scorer in the division this season.

Manchester City star Sergio Aguero, with 21, is the only other player to have surpassed the 20-goal mark in the English top-flight.

Salah can currently be backed at 1/8 to be Premier League topscorer come the end of the season, with Kane priced at 6/1 and Aguero 25/1.

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Alli scores two in Spurs win

Tottenham strengthened their grip on a top four place in the Premier League after they beat Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge.

Harry Kane was on the bench for Mauricio Pochettino's side, coming on as a second half substitute but Spurs showed they can win well without him, his England team-mate Dele Alli scoring twice in four second half minutes to seal the points at the home of last season's champions.

The sides were level at the break, Alvaro Morata putting the home side ahead with a header after half an hour.

However, the visitors were level on the stroke of half-time with a great strike from Christian Eriksen from about 25 yards out beating Willy Caballero in the Chelsea net.

The score stayed 1-1 until just after the hour mark when Alli scored twice to put the visitors in control. First he controlled an Eric Dier ball beautifully and lifted the ball over Caballero.

Then, minutes later he made the game safe, the keeper blocking an effort from Son Heung-Min but Alli was on hand to force the ball home.

Spurs held out for the remaining minutes to secure their first league win at Stamford Bridge in 28 years.

It also strengthened their hold on a top four place in the Premier League. The three points mean they stay fourth and they now have an eight-point cushion over Chelsea in fifth.

They are in action next on Saturday when they travel to Stoke. They are 4/11 for another win with Paul Lambert's side 15/2 and the draw is priced at 15/4.

Spurs are 11/4 to win the game by a one-goal margin.

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Alonso: Spurs is ‘must-win’

Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso concedes their clash with Tottenham at Stamford Bridge on Sunday falls into the 'must-win' category.

The Blues are fifth in the table, five points behind Spurs in fourth.

After Sunday they'll have only seven games each left to play and Alonso knows that this is Chelsea's chance to thrust themselves into the picture for a top-four finish.

Chelsea have not lost a home league game against their London rivals since 1990, but they are under pressure to get the win this time.

"It is definitely a must-win game," Alonso told Sky Sports. "Here at Chelsea, we have to fight until the end for every target we can achieve, and next year we have to be in the Champions League. On Sunday, we have to get a win.

"It's a massive game. We have a very important target, which is arriving at the end of the season in top four. Starting on Sunday, it's the first important three points for us."

Chelsea are 7/5 to win, with Tottenham 9/4 and the draw 23/10.

Spurs are set to be without influential goalscorer Harry Kane, though Alonso says Chelsea cannot allow that, or Tottenham's poor record at Stamford Bridge, to impact on their approach.

"Kane is a very important player for them, that's for sure," he said. "But I think they are a very good side physically, with some quality players, and I think it will be a very tough game even without him.

"I don't think the past will have an influence. I don't like stats, I think it will be a different game and we will have to give everything and be fully focused to get the three points."

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Kane’s recovery going well

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is pleased with the progress striker Harry Kane is making from an ankle injury.

Kane damaged ligaments in the 3-0 victory at Bournemouth earlier this month and, although he looks set to miss Sunday's London derby against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, he could return to action at Stoke City on 7th April.

"He is doing well and improving every day," said former Southampton boss Pochettino.

"It is difficult now to say if he will be involved this weekend – I cannot say no and I cannot say yes – but maybe next weekend.

"We are positive about his recovery and we are happy. After Bournemouth, everyone thought it would be a long period out."

Meanwhile, Inter Milan's interest in Erik Lamela could cool now that Walter Sabatini has quit as the Serie A club's sporting director.

Sabatini had been particularly keen to bring Lamela to the San Siro this summer and his departure could scupper any proposed deal.

Lamela is 7/2 to score at any time for Tottenham at Chelsea while Pochettino's team can be backed at 21/10 to earn a rare victory at Stamford Bridge.

Spurs have not won at Chelsea since February 1990 – a sequence of 27 games under 16 different managers.

Pochettino hails “deserved” win

Mauricio Pochettino said he was delighted that a changed team beat Swansea to progress through to the FA Cup semi-finals.

A 3-0 win away at Swansea sees Spurs back at Wembley, their temporary home this season, aiming for a place in their first FA Cup final since 1991.

Christian Eriksen scored twice with Erik Lamela getting the other and, with talk before the game concerning the absence of Harry Kane, out until next month with an ankle injury, Pochettino was pleased that his side responded well.

The Spurs boss said after the match: "It was a very good performance. I'm very happy and very pleased. Now, Wembley for the semi-final!

"We full deserved the victory. We played very well. Of course when you score early it makes it easy to control the game.

"For me the most important thing is that we deserved it and the team [Spurs] played much better. We are in the semi-final because we deserve it."

Pochettino went on to express his delight that, despite having to change personnel in the last three matches, the team dynamic has not been affected.

Spurs are 7/4 to win the FA Cup this season with Manchester United priced at 2/1.

With an international break next weekend, Spurs are back in action on 1st April with a visit to Chelsea in the Premier League.

They are 5/2 for the win with Antonio Conte's side 11/10.

Spurs are third in the table with a five-point cushion over Chelsea who sit fifth and Pochettino's side are 1/6 to finish in the top four and claim a Champions League place for next season.

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Tottenham can cope without Kane

Mauricio Pochettino is confident his Tottenham Hotspur side can cope successfully with the absence through injury of striker Harry Kane.

England frontman Kane has been ruled out for the foreseeable future by an ankle ligament problem, although head coach Pochettino expects his star forward to return to action before the end of the domestic season.

But the Argentinian believes he has plenty of options at his disposal to cover for Kane being sidelined, starting with the FA Cup sixth round trip to Swansea City on Saturday.

He told reporters: "For me it's always about the collective effort and skills to win or lose the games.

"Of course we are going to miss Harry because it's obvious that he is one of the best, but in the same way we are calm and relaxed, because we have quality enough to play and win games.

"It's not an excuse that Harry is now out for a few weeks that are not going to have the same mentality and try to win the games like we do with him."

Meanwhile, Pochettino also confirmed that central defender Toby Alderweireld could be involved against the Swans, having returned to training earlier this week after hamstring problems.

Belgium international Alderweireld has made just two appearances since early November, both of which came in the FA Cup, with Pochettino adding: "I need to decide. I still haven't decided if he will be involved or not in the trip to Swansea."

Spurs have claimed five wins and two draws on their seven top-flight visits to Swansea and are 9/20 to win in 90 minutes on Saturday, with the visitors 5/1 to claim a 2-0 victory.

Former City striker Fernando Llorente is priced at 20/21 to score at any time.

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Kane boosted by scan results

Tottenham Hotspur expect star striker Harry Kane to be absent for weeks rather than months after confirming he has sustained ankle ligament damage.

The England international was forced off after 34 minutes of the 4-1 weekend Premier League win at Bournemouth, amid fears that the injury could jeopardise his World Cup finals hopes.

However, Spurs have announced that the problem is not too serious, which will come as a relief with Kane having twice before suffered significant injuries to his right ankle.

A short statement from the London club read: "Preliminary assessments have confirmed that Harry Kane has damaged lateral ligaments in his right ankle.

"He sustained the injury following a challenge in the 4-1 win against Bournemouth on Sunday and is expected to return to first-team training next month."

Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino had said after full-time against the Cherries: "Of course I worry about him, his ankle. We hope it is not a massive issue for him and the team.

"We hope as quickly as possible he can recover and be available. He's positive, he is always positive."

Kane has scored 35 goals in all competitions so far this season for Tottenham, including 24 in the Premier League, making him the joint leading scorer in the English top-flight with Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah.

Salah is now available at 1/2 to be the leading scorer in the Premier League this season, with Manchester City ace Sergio Aguero, currently on 21, 5/1.

Minus Kane, Tottenham are in action on Saturday when they head to the Liberty Stadium to take on Swansea City in an FA Cup sixth round tie – with Spurs 2/1 to go all the way and lift the trophy this season.

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